Fireworks and loud thunderstorms are the very worst experiences for her to endure - and even a few random firecrackers will have our pooch in a state of animated uncontrolled trembling, heavy breathing and flat our panic. Even worst is the frenzied carpet scratching that goes on under our bed or any corner she goes for relief that will continue uninterrupted for a half hour or longer
We’ve done the white staticnoise trick and I have even resorted d under pressure from my wife to sing old Polish lullabies that used to work on my kids … and my wife. To no avail, probably because our 7 year old is a German Schnauzer with no knowledge of my slavic based tongue. I swear, at times her reaction is so severe, we fear she may suffer from a heart attack. It really is disturbing.
What fries my butt is the way our “do little or nothing” Michigan legislatuere passed what they thought was a very significant piece of legislation a couple of years ago, that allowed local communities to grant permits to fireworks companies to sell pretty much an unrestricted list of fireworks so that we Americans could celebrate the 4th in the way Ben Franklin thought appropriate. Yeah right Ben. Go fly a kite.
So every summer, the despised tents spring up all through the county and “patriotic” (yeah sure) vendors, many of whom foreign born with no idea about the reasons we celebrate with a bang, flood our communities with enough noise making devices that compete with those from faraway war zones.
Some people respond to this tome with “ calm down you old buzzard, a little celebratory noise for a day or so a year does no harm.” But even though the fireworks are theoretically allowed only on the 4th and a day before or after, the truth is the law is impossible to administer. The noise builds up early in June, reaches a crescendo by the 4th , then builds up for the labor day.
It starts up again in late December to mark the new year and again around memorial Day and even the 4th finds numerable county, local and club sponsored fireworks displays that light up the sky and send thousands of animals under beds and to basements to try to escape the barrage.
So apparently that’s the price we pay for living in this great country. My dog is considering a move to Canada and am busy working on an alternative. So far my research into a fix for the problem has unveiled a possible method to calm her.
She will often snuggle-up tightly between the toilet and the wall in our windowless first floor bathroom. That seems to calm her somewhat. The other calming method that gets results is a xanax tablet.
So for now our only course of action is to chain puppy poo to the toilet after she has snorted a line of xanax. OMG, we end up with a psychotic drug addict.
Maybe we should move to Colorado and start her on Medical Marijuana. She might have a howling good night.
Anyone have any better ideas?