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SUMMER THUNDERSTORMS, FIREWORKS AND THE DIY THUNDER SHIRT

CHARLIE- the big boy
CHARLIE is the big boy – photo by sarah cramer photography

We have 3 dogs. Muffin and 11 year old Wheaten Terrier, Charlie, a 6 year old lab/border collie mix, and Bean – the 1 year old handful of a Beagle pup.

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

The three live harmoniously. Bean runs away whenever he can … and chews my bras and retainers…but generally they eat, sleep and play together like a nice little pack.

SORRY i was naughty
SORRY ….I was naughty

The only thing that can throw things completely off balance are

THUNDERSTORMS! AND FIREWORKS!

Charlie and Bean pretty much hunker down, hang close to us and chill. But Muffin is an absolute mess. She starts her barking (truly it is the only time she makes a sound!) about an hour before the storm gets to us…and if not crated or kept inside she will run laps around the house barking for the duration of the storm. As she has gotten older I notice that she is a bit “limpy” the next day…as if it is 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

muffinthunder2I 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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My sister-in-law has since sent me their old Thundershirt and it does work wonders…not every
time…but most of the time it seems to give her relief.
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Have a Wonderful and Safe July Fourth Day weekend.
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5 thoughts on “SUMMER THUNDERSTORMS, FIREWORKS AND THE DIY THUNDER SHIRT

  1. OH your Muffin looks just like my Eddie who is sadly not with me anymore. How I miss him. Wheaton mixes make the nicest dogs. I now have a cat who is afraid of loud noises like thunder or fireworks I don’t think he would put up with a tee shirt but maybe I can wrap something soft around him and hold him.

  2. My dog is terified of thunderstorms, to the point of his whole body shaking and putting him on medication before storms started, which as you know, are not easy to predict. A few years ago, I bought him a thunder shirt and it has helped tremendously. He is actually getting better as he gets older. He doesn’t shake like he used to, but still afraid of it.

  3. Sweet dogs! I bought a thundershirt for my Daisy, but it’s obvious that the compression is the key, so your snuggly tshirt is perfect!!

  4. Wow 😮 No need to spend more penny on thundershirt 🙂 Thank you for sharing the post! I’m wondering how the thundershirt works 😮 I think I will buy a cute shirt and do the same to my baby.

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