Lulu’s Life Tips With Bonus Lyrics: Unwelcome to the Boomtown

Hello friendlies! Lulu here! As you may be aware, last weekend was Independence Day weekend here in the U.S., which means, among other things, that Dada had Monday off, and we all went out for a sniff around the garden center that day while his car was getting its first oil change in almost two years. So that was fun. But unfortunately, one of the “other things” among the “other things” is that there were lots of explosions, snaps, crackles, and pops, both up in the sky and all around the neighborhood. This phenomenon is sometimes referred to as a boomtown.

Chaplin: “Snaps, crackles, and pops are also sometimes referred to as ‘Rice Krispies’.”
Lulu: “Are those like cat box crunchies?”
Charlee: “They’re not nearly as flavorful.”

Now, as you might imagine, I, like many dogs and some cats, am not a big fan of the booms and the snaps and the crackles and the pops. But as it turns out, one of the dogs who lived here before me—his name was Dennis, maybe you’ve heard of him?—was also not a fan of the booms and the snaps and the crackles and the pops, and he had a set of special ear muffs, called Mutt Muffs, that are supposed to help reduce the loudness of such scary sounds. I’m told that with Dennis, his short, slick furs and generally built-for-speed head meant that the Mutt Muffs would more or less slide right off, but it turns out that, for me, with my thick furs and not-so-streamlined head, they stayed on pretty well.

Chaplin: “So you’re saying you’re a blockhead?”
Charlee: “No, I think she’s saying she’s a thickhead.”
Lulu: “Who invited you two to sit in and kibitz on all my life tips, exactly?”

I did have to be trained with food to wear them so that I didn’t try to shake and/or paw them off. I mean, I don’t wear Mutt Muffs for free.

Oh, like you never ate pie off the floor in front of the toilet.

Then, when the fireworks really started going off, I was able to go outside and do my business in spite of the booms and pops and explosions. And by “business” I mostly mean “sniff around the barbecue grill”, because Dada was out there making steak rollups, and while my ears might have been plugged up, my nose was working fine.

In case you were wondering, Dada says the music you hear in the video is from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie, and was coming from the house at the top of the hill. They also fired a cannon or something from up there a few times, so perhaps they were re-enacting one of the many naval battles from those films.

And I have to say, boy that steak juice was tasty. And didn’t the steaks look good? It sure is a shame that the cats couldn’t come out and join me, but of course, they always stay in the house. No Independence Day festivities for them!

Chaplin: “Did you ever actually get to eat any of the steak?”
Charlee: “How was it? Was it delicious?”
Lulu: “Shut up.”

Anyway, it seems this is the first time that Mama and Dada got to really use the Mutt Muffs, and as you may have heard Dada say in the video, they were pretty impressed with how well they worked. I could tell that there was something going on around me, but the fireworks weren’t loud enough to actually scare me or make me go inside and leave the delicious steak juice/smells. In fact, at one point, after we were back in the house, I even tried to get Dada to do silly play time with me, but as it turns out, you can’t really roll around on the floor properly while wearing big plastic earmuffs. So that’s one slight drawback. But on the whole I would give the Mutt Muffs two thumbs up, if I had thumbs. Oh, wait. Hey, Blue, come here, I need to borrow your thumbs!

Blue: “Two big thumbs up for the Mutt Muffs! By the way, do you happen to know what those steaks were made of? Like, by any chance, were they—”
Lulu: “They were just regular steaks. You know, from a cow.”
Blue: “Oh. Well, that’s disappointing.”

Now, I made it through the boomtown, but of course not all the animals are so lucky. Dada saw on NextDoor that a little dog in our neighborhood escaped during the fireworks and ran away and was struck and killed by a car. So sad! I hope all of you, friendlies, stayed safe during the scariest holiday of the year. Even scarier than Halloween! Although on Halloween the house gets assaulted by hordes of ghosts and goblins and witches and Annas and Elsas, at least they don’t explode. For the most part.

Oh, I almost forgot, I promised you some lyrics! Here they are! As you may have guessed, they are my version of that song from the beginning of today’s Life Tip, with appropriate adjustments, of course.

Folks all around me got their fireworks
Setting them off, makes my poor ears hurt
They got ones that sound like cannons
Ones that sound like a machine gun
Ones that sound like they're whistling
Well this isn't my idea of fun

Yeah I get pretty tired of it all
Yeah I get pretty tired of it all

So I say, unwelcome, unwelcome to the boomtown
Hide in the bathroom 'cause I think the house might fall down
Unwelcome, unwelcome to the boomtown
Got my Mutt Muffs to muffle the unwanted sound
Unwelcome to the boomtown

This is Lulu, rolling over and out!

15 thoughts on “Lulu’s Life Tips With Bonus Lyrics: Unwelcome to the Boomtown

  1. I need some mutt muffs for our house. The “neighbors” did more house-rattling booms on the weekend, and many others did less shocking noise level thingies

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  2. Like you, our neighbors did lots of fireworks…now the Lost and Found pages are full of lost dogs because of the scary things. I don’t understand why people put their dog OUTSIDE on that very big scary night!

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  3. Mutt Muffs to the rescue! If only they did them so you could still roll around while wearing them. There’s a niche in the market there. Hope you guys had a great Independence Day & enjoyed the steak rollups! xx

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  4. Mutt Muffs worked out really well! Glad you got some steak juice too, Lulu! That’s very sad about the little dog that ran away. All our kitties came through the fireworks okay.

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  5. We’re so glad to hear those ear muffs helped you, Lulu. How nice that dada spilled meat juice all over for you to be distracted by too. Luckily we’re not bothered by the booms from fireworks but sometimes the thunder makes us jump if it shakes the house too.

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  6. We had some pretty loud neighbors putting up a huge fireworks show. We stayed inside, calming all the dogs, cats, and birds. I’m just glad they all made it through safely. I’ve never heard of the mutt muffs. Hmmmm. Do they have noise-cancelling affects and music too? LOL

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  7. Mee-yow Wow Lulu those Mutt-Muffss are THE Bomm!!! Due they make them fore Kittiess like mee?? Firewerkss scare THE BEE-JEESUS outtta mee! I hid INN mee pillow with the blue pillowcase on it!
    At leest mee felt sorta safe. LadyMew allso meowed to mee iss only noise an wuud not hert mee.
    Happy Efurrything!
    **purrss** BellaDharma an ((huggiess)) LadyMew

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  8. We stayed inside…the radio was playing all evening, and we stayed home, too…we didn’t get to go out until after midnight when it was a lot quieter.
    Poor doggy who ran away…so sad:(

    Those mutt muffs look like they might be good for Benji, but not for Dalton, everything for doggy heads always slides right off! LOL!

    Steak juice?? Mmmm!

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  9. Mutt Muffs! Who would have ever thought! But I don’t think I could wear “Kitty Muffs”. We stayed inside all night (well, Panda and I always stay inside) and we were ok other than a few times when I took refuge under the bed.
    – Foster 🐱🐼

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  10. We are glad to hear you came through Boom Town OK. So did we, and no one, not even us, knows why. We think that just maybe Chia’s loud, high-pitched screaming when she has to stay in the kennel or sees a dog walking on the other side of the road when we’re all walking or whatever has caused hearing loss.
    XOX Lucy and Xena

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