Smokie is 5 years old.
She used to be fearless.
Nothing bothered her.
Now she spends too much of her day hiding under James' bed.
Once she hit about 3 years old, she started getting sketchy about thunderstorms.
Then she found that explosive sneezing (hello Lee) was a little more than she could handle.
Following that, it was the placing of a trashbag into the trashcan that sent her running.
Lately, it's the sound of large trucks outside that put her under James' bed.
The vacuum cleaner has always been her undoing.
Because we've been under a severe drought, Smokie at least got a reprieve from thunderstorms.
According to the weather predicting folk, we're still under a drought. We have gotten wave after wave of lovely, soaking rains this winter. Don't know what the weather-guessers have to say about it, but it means one thing---thunder.
A few weeks ago, a large, noisy storm blew in the middle of the night.
Smokie lost her mind.
My bed is exactly 6 inches off the ground.
She got UNDER it.
The next storm came and I gave her Benedryl ahead of time.
Didn't touch her terror.
She hid behind the toilet.
Yesterday, I gave in to advertising and bought a Thundershirt.
It's supposed to provide calming relief for dogs that are afraid of just about everything.
Something about pressure points and swaddling.
At $40 and a money-back guarantee (45 days), I decided to give it a go.
It's supposed to rain today.
I'll let you know how it works.
First I have to convince her that the sound of velcro won't kill her.
Yes, velcro is how the thing goes on/off.
Wish us luck.