Pets don't belong at the festival

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We love pets just as much as anyone at Bohemian Nights. In fact, we love them so much that we ask that you do not bring them to the festival. Festivals like Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest can cause animals a great deal of stress and be harmful to their health. Here are some reasons from James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University on why it’s best to not bring your furry family member to the festival.

Noise

Loud noises – like those found at a music festival – commonly provoke panic and phobia in dogs and other animals.

Noise anxiety causes chemical changes in an animal’s body, including increased heart rate, blood pressure and breathing. Dogs will display a fear response that includes trembling, drooling, pacing, panting, clinging to owners, whining, barking, chewing, clawing, and panicked attempts to hide or escape.

A fearful, anxious dog cannot think straight and does not need correction or discipline – they need to be removed from the source of anxiety. Why put your precious pooch in this frightening situation in the first place? The best bet is to leave them at home. 

Heat 

Would you want to walk around on black pavement with no shoes in the middle of a hot, sunny day? Your dog doesn’t either. There is no way to completely avoid pavement at a street festival like Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest. At an air temperature of only 86 F, pavement temperatures can rise to 135 F, burning a dog’s footpads and causing them a great deal of pain. 

Hot summer days can also cause dehydration and heat-related illness. Dogs can experience heat exhaustion, heat strokes and sunburns in high heat.  

Crowds

Crowds often trigger anxiety, fear and aggression in any dogs – even ones that are normally calm in demeanor. Being surrounded by so many unfamiliar people can put dogs in a constantly stressful, high-alert state, which can trigger aggressive behavior, even if your dog is not usually aggressive.

For the sanity and well-being of your dog, others and even yourself, just leave your dog at home. Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest strongly discourages all guests from bringing pets. It makes for a better festival for everyone.  

Read more about why festivals can be harmful to pets from this article by the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching School on CSU’s SOURCE and find a great pet sitter or boarding facility for your pup if you need them to be taken care of during the festival. 


Greta Cornett

Meet Our Writer

Greta Cornett is a local musician, as well as a local music lover and supporter.

She is most recognized as the trumpet player for 12 Cents for Marvin, the 3 Twins, and Mama Lenny and the Remedy. She is a graduate of the CSU music department and her behind the scenes work includes co-founding the Fort Collins Musicians Association, co-creating FoCoMX, working as the marketing director for the Boulder Theater and the Fox Theatre and volunteering at KRFC 88.9 FM.

This is her 7th year blogging for Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest in addition to being on the Bohemian Nights Talent Advisory Committee. She recently joined the Bohemian Foundation staff on the Music Programs Team as Marketing and Talent Coordinator.