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HAPPY JULY FOURTH! – DOGS AND THUNDER AND FIREWORKS!

ELEANORS CUPCAKES FROM OUR JULY 4 BLOCK PARTY 2010

HAPPY FOURTH!!!!

ANNIE GAYLE AND HER 9 BABIES! THEY ARE BEGINNING THE WEANING PROCESS.

11 DAYS UNTIL WE GET THE NEW PUPPY!

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The fireworks and the barking last night reminded me of our sweet Muffin and how much she HATED Fireworks and storms! She was such a quiet dog – EXCEPT during storms when she would bark and run around the house, sometimes for hours….

MUFFIN 11 YEAR OLD WHEATEN TERRIER
MUFFIN –  PHOTO by Sarah Cramer

THUNDERSTORMS! AND FIREWORKS!

Muffin hated thunderstorms.  She started her barking (truly it is the only time she made a sound!) about an hour before the storm got to us…and if not crated or kept inside she would run laps around the house barking for the duration of the storm. As she aged I notice that she would be a bit “limpy” the next day…as if it was hard to get out of bed after a big workout.

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ONE Typical summer night…the warning message flashed across the screen and another one of our WHOPPER storms kicked into full gear…lightening that felt as if it were coming into the room and BIG BOOMS of rumbling thunder. All of the dogs were not happy and Muffin especially….was completely wacked out.

All of a sudden a lightbulb went off and I remembered that my sister-in-law had told me that they had gotten something called a THUNDERSHIRT for their dog Nikko.

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NIKKO who was the best dog in the world, also a  Wheaten,

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and the reason we got Muffin, lived in Florida where the Thunderstorms are off the charts. The Thundershirt gave him relief and he was able to tolerate the storms much better…according to the ad on Amazon…”One thing is for certain, for a very large percentage of dogs, Thundershirt’s gentle, constant pressure has a terrific calming effect. This has obvious benefits for most types of anxiety.”

…..and my sister-in-law swears by it!

So, back to that night…it was raining cats and dogs and a bit late to run out and buy a Thundershirt…and Amazon is not THAT fast, so I had to get creative.

I had a basket of folded laundry on the floor. I grabbed an old T-shirt of Coopers, put it on Muffin and pulled the back nice and snug around her upper body. I used the elastic hair tie from my pony tail to keep it tight.

DIY Thundershirt
DIY Thundershirt

muffinthunder2 I would not have believed it had I not seen it with my own eyes!!!

She immediately calmed down. And when it would get really loud, she would come over to me, let me scratch her tummy and her back and she was calm. Normally she is a mess…. running…. barking, panting, totally wacky and completely impossible to console.

Then she and Charlie snuggled up and went to sleep!!!

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Oh my sweet Muffin. I sure do miss you. We will be better prepared with the new baby, who, if she is anything like Muffin, will NOT like Fireworks or storms either!
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Have a Wonderful and Safe July Fourth Day weekend.
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2 thoughts on “HAPPY JULY FOURTH! – DOGS AND THUNDER AND FIREWORKS!

  1. Thundershirts are amazing! It made a difference in my dog as well. Not quite to the point of your Muffin. My poor dog still shook pretty good during storms but not as bad as he would have without it in the early days.

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