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The dogs: Louise (aka Lulu Belle), Sofie Bear The cats: Noel (the Christmas cat), Nine (the Mancat), Stella, and Mini Cooper

DogDaz Zoo: Sofie Update – Night Terrors Are Back

Mom! Louise has all the toys and she isn't sharing.

Every time I think that I may be getting a handle on Sofie’s night issues, I feel like I am going backwards.  The medication worked for about one week.  Now Sofie is having her night terrors every couple of nights instead of every night (which is a blessing).  She woke up last night at 3:20 AM and barked uncontrollably for about 5 minutes.  Then, I was able to calm her enough and get her to go back to sleep. (Was she really even awake?)  What triggers this behavior? No one was walking around the house – I did not hear any cars or animals outside.  I am not sure if the waking is inside her head or externally triggered at this point. I call what happens to her ‘night terrors’ because they are feelings of great fear experienced on suddenly waking in the night. That to me is what she is experiencing.  She is fast asleep and then she wakes barking, ruff up, tail erect, in alert protection mode.     

I tried the holistic route (Composure Pro, Shen Calmer, Adaptil); I tried the medical route (Xanax, Prozac, Phenobarbital, Clomipramine); I tried the behaviorist, what is left? Don’t say a pet psychic (not that I won’t try it), but just knowing that she is in pain doesn’t tell me how to help her.  Getting an MRI to rule out a brain tumor is very costly, and, if true, would confirm concerns but not leave me with any additional solutions. I have so many questions:

  • Medical: Was the Clomicalm just sedating her for the first week and now she is hearing outside noises again?

  • Herbal: Do I add Melatonin or some other night booster to help her sleep? (Vet said 4mg at night is OK)

  • Behavioral: Do other people’s dogs wake every night because of unseen noises?  Is this just ‘normal’ for some breeds?  Should I start walking her before bed to get her more tired?

  • Psychic: Is she picking up on something that I am doing during the night that I am not aware of?  I am a lousy sleeper (have been for years).  But I don’t startle awake and she tends to be sleeping when I wake during the night on my own.

I am feeling like such a personal animal parent failure.  If love could fix things all my animals would be perfect, but that does not work.  It is very lonely on this path to find a solution for Sofie.  It seems to me that Sofie and I have been abandoned by Vets, the Behaviorist, the family.   When something gets this complicated, no one wants to touch it.

Until I get her sleep under control, how can I hope to address her separation and thunder anxieties? Oh, Sofie, I know you want to be calm.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo <3


Posted by on February 4, 2016 in Dogs


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Wordless Wednesday: Cold Day and a Cormorant

Cold Day Cormant

I had to do a lot of calling because the dogs wanted to swim out to the platform in the icy water and eat the Cormorant.  I am afraid she would have eaten them.

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It is interesting that there is 2+ feet of snow up by the house but not on the banks of the river.

Have a wonderful Wednesday.


This is a Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop. Thanks to BlogPaws for the hop. Head over there and see what they are blogging about.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo <3


Posted by on February 3, 2016 in Birds, Dogs


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DogDaz Zoo: Happy Whistlepig Day 2016

Late Breaking News:  Punxsutawney Phil did NOT see his shadow at Gobbler’s Knob today, Feb. 2, 2016, Groundhog Day, and so Spring is just around the corner. ground hop pix

Picture Source: Google images

Funny weather predicting creatures.  I like them. I used to have one that lived in the woods behind my previous house.  He liked to stand on top of the hill and watch the world go by.  They have some interesting names: Land Beaver, Whistlepig, Woodchuck, Wood-shock, Groundpig, Whistler, Thickwood Badger, Canada Marmot, Monax, Moonack, Weenusk, and the Red Monk. The name “Thickwood Badger” was given in the Northwest to distinguish the animal from the Prairie Badger. Monax was an Native American name of the woodchuck, which meant “the digger.” Babies are called “Chucklings” (I love that!).  These are a North American critter and I don’t believe you see them else where in the world.

Names source:

Have you ever met a groundhog? What do you call them? Will there be 6 more weeks of winter in your neck of the woods? – DogDaz


Just another DogDaz morning at the Zoo <3


Posted by on February 2, 2016 in Animals


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Monday Mischief: 29.2 Inches (74 Centimeters) of Snow

2016 Blizzard Cover

2 PM Friday             8 AM Saturday             8 AM Sunday          29.2 inches of snow   Lost the fence.



IMG_3988This record breaking blizzard was not fun.  The dogs want the grass back!!!!  Finally, Louise taught Sofie how to make a path to the pine trees where the snow was a little less deep. Happily spring is only 47 days, 3 hours, 7 minutes, and 24 seconds away (time now 23:22 EST).

What mischief did you get into today?




This is a blog hop. I hopped it from MYBrownNewfies. Check them out for more mischief.


Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo <3


Posted by on February 1, 2016 in Dogs


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Black and White Sunday: Zonked Out!

Louise Nap

After a romp in the tall snow, Lulu looks like a puppy.

Have a great Sunday!


This is part of the Black and White Sunday Blog Hop. Thanks to Dachshund Nola and Sugar for hosting.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo <3


Posted by on January 31, 2016 in Dogs


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Caturday: Staring Contest


Noel Fly Toy

This is one of my all time favorite shots of Noel on the cat tree staring down a toy that is just a wire with some card board on the end.  I figure it looks like a bug.  Nono is a big starer.  Do your furballs see things when nothing is there?

I cannot imagine a life without cats!

Just another CATDogDaz morning at the zoo <3


Posted by on January 30, 2016 in Cats


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DogDaz Zoo: Sofie Update – She’s Sleeping!


It took months, but I am glad to say (knock wood) that the current medicine, Clomicalm (1/2 tab 2X a day), is allowing her to sleep through the night. (Also using Adaptil spray on a bandanna every 4 hours.)  When she sleeps, Mommy sleeps (thank you thank you thank you).  She is known to break through all previous medicines, so I want to give it several weeks before I jump up and down with joy, but a few days of sleep, especially through the blizzard last weekend, makes a world of difference.  Understand that sleeping does not mean she is not anxious; just this morning, when I awoke at 5 AM, she was lying in bed panting.  There were no stressers that I was aware of, so I am still perplexed.

Now that we are sleeping better, I can start to address some of her stress behaviors and see if we can get separation anxiety, barking her head off at everything, and cat chasing, under control.   The Behaviorist has no recommendations at this point, so I guess I am on my own.  Gosh, I love this dog and have every hope that together, with modern chemistry, and significant love and training, we can find peace once again.

I will keep you updated.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo <3


Posted by on January 28, 2016 in Dogs


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