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DIY Comfort Vest For Your Dog

Yes, we’ve all seen ads for the pricey “dog shirts” that are sold to help dogs deal with anxiety caused by separation from their owners, thunderstorms, fireworks, etc. I love my dogs to pieces, but I’m not plunking down that sort of money when I can DIY it for much less.

Got an ACE bandage? Preferably an older one? Safety pin? You’re ready!

Here’s Boss, our rescue dog. He has lots of issues. He evidently flunked out of drug-and-bomb-dog training in Tennessee and hit hard times soon thereafter. We adopted him when he was between foster homes after seeing only a blurry pic of him sitting on command. He caught a ride with my eldest on his way home from college for Christmas Break his Freshman year, and we’ve spoiled him rotten ever since. I haven’t ironed a shirt for my husband in years, but I starch and iron Boss’s bandannas. #justsayin Here he is before a storm moves in:

This is the perfect time to wrap him. Or just before dusk around Independence Day. Here’s how he looks fully wrapped:

Doesn’t he model well? He’s so picky, though! I wanted a nice picture in the backyard, but he insisted on the loveseat in my office. He does look nice in that lighting, though. Pardon the sheet. He was shedding.

I used a full-length non-adhesive Ace bandage for Boss, and he’s about eighty pounds. Cut the wrap and use Fray-Check (available at all craft and fabric stores) if you have dogs that need shorter wraps. It needs to be snug, but not tight. Think “hug”, ’cause that’s what they need. This is essentially a full-body constant hug. Hmm, I may need one myself.

I can probably talk Boss into a video if necessary, but I’m gonna try to walk you through this. (If you need a video please comment and I’ll bribe him.)

Put the center of the bandage roll in the center of your dog’s chest.  Bring it up on both sides and cross at the withers (equivalent of between shoulder blades for humans). Wrap down again, crossing under belly and bringing up to attach ends above rump. *For male dogs, make sure NOT to cover penis with bandage.*

Why do you need this? Because many (OK, most) people don’t celebrate Independence Day. They celebrate Fourth of July with a drunken BBQ on their day off work and fireworks for a full two weeks, annoying the hell out of their neighbors who have to get up at 3 a.m., traumatizing all the dogs in the area (except my Saminda, who thinks it’s a tribute to her chocolate lab beauty), and probably doing horrific things to any PTSD sufferers in the neighborhood.

Last year I called my local police and claimed to have a PTSD sufferer in my household (truly, don’t know WHAT poor Boss has been through) and asked if they could at least enforce the 10 p.m. noise ordinance. Her answer? “We can’t do anything unless people are shooting fireworks AT each other.” My #StMatthews taxes are being SO well-spent.

Oh, and BTW, the whole “Fourth of July” thing is random. The Declaration of Independence was voted in on July 2nd, 1776, but there were riots in New York before it was finally approved on July 9th. By August 2nd most delegates had signed. Just fodder if you want to educate the rednecks on the next street over.

Thunderstorm Week

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Last Saturday I threw Michael a surprise fiftieth birthday party.  Thanks to help from friends and family it was a very special evening.  I don’t entertain much, but the party reminded me why I should.

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That same night Mom and Greg took John to a PBR (Professional Bull Riders) competition here in town.  He loved it!  He’s been quoting the comedian ever since 😉  I’ve only seen bull riding live once, many years ago.  It was high-school level, not professional, and I was beside myself worried about the kids getting hurt.  I don’t think I’d be able to watch professionals – I’d be constantly thinking about whether they had young children to raise, how in the world they got health insurance or life insurance, and what sort of medical issues would plague them in the years to come.  Yeah, I’d be a real Debbie Downer at the Bull Ride.

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Judging by the last few years Kentucky shouldn’t call this time period “Spring” anymore.  It should be referred to as “Thunderstorm and Tornado Season”.  I’m so glad I happened across something to help our rescue dog, Boss, who’s terrified of storms.  I used this pheromone diffuser for the first time when I did a sponsored post for them, but I saw such a huge difference within two weeks that I have been buying refills ever since.  Amazon has the best prices.  I’ve bought it in pet shops, but it costs about twice as much.

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Here’s my other new favorite product – because of it my dress for Aaron’s wedding fits nicely. Which is a very good thing since the wedding is now less than a month away! Again, Amazon has it for literally half the price of the health food stores in my area. And when I tried to buy it somewhere else I had to go three places to find it in stock 🙁

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My neck and back pain has been exceptionally bad lately, and I don’t know if it’s the weather (changes in barometric pressure can make a huge difference) or the fact that they’ve changed my muscle relaxers. I’m not going to call and complain until the weather settles down.

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Considering how close Aaron’s wedding is I think I’m doing pretty well emotionally. Just the one crying jag so far. Compared to him going away to college this is a piece of cake. I hope those words don’t come back to haunt me :/

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Busy weekend coming up, including hearing Tiffany Reisz speak. My goal is to get everything on my to-do list done, but to pace myself well enough that I don’t end up in bed all day Monday. I’m not good at pacing myself. You’d think after all this time I’d have learned my limits, but evidently that’s still a work in progress.

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