Saturday night let to some excitement here on the farm. It wasn’t necessarily good, but it was exciting for the some of the dogs. Although we have had great weather for the last three weeks, we have not had any rain and need it very bad. This changed last night. We have a walking barometer with Shepp, and it appears he can tell the change in atmospheric pressure before we see any changes.
He will lay his ears back and start into space and go into what we call the “zone.” I have seen many dogs with this same issue but not to the point of how it affects Shepp. We have tried many things with little success or no success at all. It included oils, thunder coats, quite rooms, holding/loving and even calming sprays. It not new to him, and it has been this way since he came back from Florida. This is the very reason that he came back to us as his owner said “there are thunderstorms every day” and I can only imagine. Shepp is one of the most loving dogs that we have. He is gentle and friendly and easy to get along with but when a storm comes, watch out when his ears are pinned back.
While watching TV in the bedroom last night, I was laying on the bed getting some cuddles from Molly and Dahlia when a clap of thunder sounded. All of a sudden, nearly every dog jumped from their dog bed into mine. Molly scooted closer to me, Abbie came right to my side profusely licking my arm, Annie had “help me” eyes and nearly every dog came to me from somewhere in the house looking for safety.
Elaine took Shepp down into the family room and comforted him by himself which did help him. It’s bad enough that Shepp in miserable but when he is into the “zone.,” he gets destructive and will lash out at things such at doors or carpets. Before the cruise, after much debate with his Vet, we decided to try a medication for anxiety hoping for good results. Not only does he take something each day, but he also should take something at least an hour before anything appears. This is hard because it’s sometimes difficult to know a storm is blowing into our region. It's not just the thunder that affects him, it also just the rain.
Ironically I was talking to a Vet in Floride Wednesday night talking about a rescue dog we are getting at the end of the month. This topic came up when I ask about the dog, and it turned to Shepp and his problems, and she gave me some advice and ideas that are new on the market including a ThunderCap which she has had some great luck with.
All in all, things worked out, and as much as I enjoyed the licks and snuggles, it reminded me that we all have weaknesses and need attention from each other. Nearly every night, as I sit in my recliner, I am reminded how they comfort me in my struggles and keep me focused on the simple things in life that are really important and from a dog’s point of view, it’s pretty simple which gies both ways... Ken
"In all my lives as a dog, here's what I've learned. Have fun, obviously. Whenever possible, find someone to save, and save them. Lick the ones you love. Don't get all sad-faced about what happened and scrunchy-faced about what could. Just be here now. Be... here... now."
- A Dog's Purpose 2017
- A Dog's Purpose 2017