Thundershirt Update

Up till yesterday, my review of the Thundershirt (see original post here) was going to be a strong review of how the shirt is a thunderstorm deterrent.  Every time we had a storm right on top of us, I would put the Thundershirts on the dogs and the storm would magically disappear.  I thought it was pretty cool, the way it could control the weather like that.

Until yesterday.  A massive hurricane managed to miss us completely and yet a small thunderstorm popped up yesterday and gave us some much needed rain.  I put the shirts on the dogs.    Solo climbed right back on the couch and continued his nap.  He is not completely freaked by storms however, until Annabelle freaks out.

Annabelle, rocking her shirt the way only she can, climbed up on the couch and lay down.  This is an improvement in several ways.  Normally, she would begin by pacing around the house, looking scared.  Next comes the panting.  Then she would typically find a hiding spot.  Downstairs, that means by the bathroom door or in the kitchen.  Upstairs is in front of my dresser.  So the fact that she stayed on the couch seems to be some level of improvement.  She did still have a look of mild fear about her, but wasn’t panting, pacing or hiding.

I will continue to try the shirts whenever a storm present itself.  And, according to the materials that came with it, once in a while for no reason at all.  This is to ensure that the dogs don’t associate wearing the shirts with the storms.  And Michael, always loving my out-there purchases, did comment that no matter what they did for the anxiety, they would make EXCELLENT shirts to keep them warm on their cold, winter walks.

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About nfoste2245

I am approaching 40 and have been married since my early 20's. I have become more than a little frustrated with having to answer incredibly personal questions about my choice to not have children. It is apparently taboo to talk about religion and politics, but confronting me about my reproductive choices is fair game. It is not a choice I made alone, quickly or lightly. My husband and I made it together. I am not "withholding" children or grandchildren from anyone. There is an astonishing lack of understanding over the idea that it is an actual choice, to have a child or not. There is also an amazing lack of support, discussion and resources for those like me, that have made the choice. This is not a blog for kid-haters, or mocking people for having kids. It is a place where we can talk about living full lives, without kids, and without guilt.

Posted on August 30, 2011, in Annabelle and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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