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Not Wonderful Wednesday: Enough Already!

Louise is looking for anywhere to hide in the thunderstorm

Sofie is calming down now that the worst has passed for the moment.

The storms have been endless. Hour after hour of boomers overhead. And now, Louise is more afraid than Sofie. She even hid in Charles’ small kennel to try and get away from the noise. The only thing I can do is make a tent and hold them close, but this is getting to the point I worry if they are going to have heart attacks. Louise was so frightened of the fireworks noise that she ate her dog bed when I was tending to Sofie and Charles (I always worry about them ingesting foam) during the over 2 hours that my wonderful neighbors blew up fireworks all around my house on July 4th. It didn’t help that we had a thunderstorm earlier in the day.

Louise hides under any table or desk that she can find, but nothing seems to work for long. This is not good when you have multiple animals with Noisephobia. I am really starting to hate the 4th of July and summer storms.

Oh, and yes, I have tried thunder shirts, and calming CBD treats, and so on, and so on. Sadly, I think I may need to get them sedatives. This is just so sad when nothing can calm them. I am always open to suggestions if anyone has any ideas what might work to help calm them.

Stay well.

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on July 8, 2020 in Dogs


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Monday Mischief: Safety from the Storm

Storm season brings with it many nights of stressed-out dogs and no sleep for me. I am trying a new thing by creating a tent that Louise and Sofie can hide under or just throwing a blanket over Sofie. Louise will stay under a lean-to as long as I am with her, but Sofie is just too freaked to deal with it. The blanket over her, nose exposed, while I cuddle her tight seems to soothe a little, but not much works. The thunder vest has been worthless for many years. I tried Xanax but the storms either come earlier or later than expected, so dosing is hard. It doesn’t stop them from getting upset, but they do seem to fall asleep earlier.

Sofie has decided that she needs to be up on my bed and chew on my pillows to protect me, I guess, from the noise.

Noise is our enemy at the Zoo. I’m glad that most fireworks displays were canceled this year (I hate the noise too). But that won’t stop my neighbors from doing their loud and noisy things from now until August.

Have any of you tried dog headphones to shut out noise? 

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on June 15, 2020 in Dogs


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Monday Mischief: Mom Attack on National Dog Day

A storm was coming, as is usual in August. K8 snapped a picture of all 3 dogs hoping that I could save them from the impending booms. It is rare that you get a shot of me with all of them. I love my goofballs.

Happy National Dog Day! 

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on August 26, 2019 in Dogs


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Monday Mischief: DogDaz Storm Center

I don’t really need a weather app on my phone to tell me a thunderstorm is coming. Here at DogDaz Storm Center, we have 2 main thunder warning systems – Louise and Sofie.

In the middle of the night last Monday, some how, Louise managed to unlock her kennel, by herself, and come upstairs and start breathing on my while I slept. Then Sofie, who rarely comes on my bed, pushed me away from my pillows and hunkered down in my spot. It sounded like a freight train coming through the house and the flash and clap were immediate. Amazingly, 15 minutes later an EF2 tornado touched down on the other shore of the Chesapeake Bay on Kent Island (I’m the Western Shore and that is called the Eastern Shore). It started as a waterspout and took full tornado strength (125 mph winds) quickly. Thankfully, though there was a lot of property damage, only 1 person was slightly hurt.

Who needs all those meteorologists when you have 2 dogs that can tell you at least 2 hours before something major happens that something is going to happen? Do you really need to know more than that? Get to cover!!!!

Lucky for me, Charlies seems fine through the storms and the cats don’t show me much anxiety. These 2 big babies take enough attention for the whole Zoo.

Foot note: They are both huddled under my desk as I type this because yet another storm is passing through. This is summer on the Chesapeake Bay. Oh, my!

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on July 31, 2017 in Dogs


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Monday Mischief: Door vs Thunder Storm

MM 6.22.15 Thunder Storm

I never go out through the laundry room into the garage, but Grammie, who will be 90 next month, was visiting and it was pouring down rain, so I wanted to keep her dry and not make her go down the front steps of the house.  I knew a thunder storm was coming (as they tend to every day this time of year) but we wanted to go to dinner and get Grammie back to her place.  So I put on Sofie’s thunder vest, added 3 composure tablets to her dinner, feed everyone, and we all proceeded to leave.  I knew that Sofie was screaming worse than usual when I left, but what can a Petmom do?  I made sure she was in the main part of the house, not in the laundry room, and went on my way.  Obviously, since she saw me leave through the laundry room, she thought she would find me if she got in there.  She probably started by trying to fit through the cat door.  Once that was dislodged, it appears she ate a big enough hole to fit through and get to the other side.

When Peanut got home from dinner (I had to take Grammie back to her place), she found Sofie locked in the laundry room with blood all over her face.  When I got home the above is what I found.  Thank goodness I have cheap press board doors and not wood.  It seems only her gums were irritated (though there was a lot of blood).

This has been a horrible week of storms and I have tried many herbal remedies (which only seem to make her worse).  Her separation and storm anxiety appears to be escalating by the day.  I am spraying a bandana around her neck with ADAPTIL every couple of hours.  She has been getting VetriScience Composure Pro for months (to no avail).  And this week we added Min-Chex, which made her go absolutely bonkers (it basically had an antithethical effect).

I fixed the door – but I don’t know how to fix the Sofie.




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

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo


Posted by on June 22, 2015 in Dogs


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