June 02 2011
I love lightning storms. The bigger the better. The louder the thunder. I’ll sit by the window and stare out counting down the seconds from lightning flash to thunder roll (just like I learned in Poltergeist). Roscoe seems to like em too. He doesn’t flinch at thunder or lightning. And I think he likes the smells that are released by the rain because he puts his nose right up against the windowscreen and enjoys the show.
The problem is a new member of my household isn’t so crazy about the rain. Lola the gf’s dog is especially super uncrazy about thunderstorms. She almost goes into shock. Panting hard. Heartbeating super speedy. Inconsolable. Le Freak say Chic.
Way before the storm arrives, just like a traumatized psychic weatherman Lola starts to bug, her eyes go wide and she just wants to go somewhere safe. She prefers downstairs by the front door but she’ll accept a dark closet with all her stuffed elephant or whatever.
We’ve been trying to figure out how to fix this problem. We wrap her in blankets. Blindfold her eyes (this kind of worked for a bit). I put my underwear on her head. As well as around her midsection.
And I’ve googled around and bought crap off the net– like this thing.
Whatever the fk that thing is supposed to do I have no idea but I plugged that friggin $20 thing next to Lola’s head during a freakout and it did zero. Maybe less than. I’ve also read on some message board to rub the dog with dryer sheets but I’m getting the feeling ain’t nothing working to fix this storm trauma. And maybe adding a fresh linen scent all over her wouldn’t help much.
I had a theory for a while that it wasn’t the thunder or lightning at all. That this whole weirdness is electricity based. Why would the dog react before the storm even gets here if it wasn’t based in the electricity in the air? Perhaps like a change in the atmosphere unplugs her logic circuits or whatever leaving this semi-catatonic weirdness. Or perhaps she’s creative enough to believe each thunder crash is a monster stomp.
But the other night there were fireworks outside and she equally freaked. So that squashed my electricity theory. I dunno. It’s just weird and upsetting. If anyone has any success in diffusing dog storm panic lightning trauma… pls let me know.