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Fireworks crackdown leaves Flossie feeling fine

Wednesday, November 3, 2004

The following story and photo came from The Sheffield Star 29th October 2004.



FLOSSIE the dog hates fireworks, as Prime Minister Tony Blair heard in this week's parliamentary question time.


The tale of the five-year-old Yorkshire terrier from Woodseats was told to the PM by her MP Meg Munn. Flossie's owner Catherine Foster wrote to the Heeley MP saying how happy her pet was with the peace and quiet resulting from this year's crackdown on firework nuisance. The not-so-shaggy dog story was part of the televised question session which is watched by millions of viewers. But Catherine and Flossie missed their brief moment of fame.

"I missed it, and I meant to set the video too," 65-year-old Catherine said at her home in Cartmell Road. "I could have kicked myself."

Flossie had a miserable time last autumn due to fireworks being set off almost every night for weeks before November 5. "This year it's been different again and Flossie is much happier. So I wrote to Meg to say thank-you and I enclosed a picture of Flossie as she was saying thank you too."

It was the picture that the MP remembered when she decided to bring up the fireworks issue at Prime Minister's Questions. "We have only had one or two letters from people having problems this year compared with 50-odd last year," said Ms Munn. "Mrs. Foster wrote to me to say things were much much better and she enclosed a picture of her dog too."

"I know what an effect fireworks can have on pets. We have three cats and they certainly don't like it when we have a prolonged period where these fireworks are let off." Ms Munn asked Mr. Blair for assurances that "efforts that have been made to tackle this problem will continue so that all our constituents can enjoy this time of year without worrying about the distress caused to their pets. Mr. Blair said: "I am delighted that the legislation has had an impact on my honourable friend's constituency." 

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