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Subject: Hiding in the House Day. ;-)
Date Posted: 6/28/2010 7:50 PM ET
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I traditionally spend all day the 4th of July at home because my dogs are afraid of the noise. One is especially terrified of loud noises and if I am not there to look unconcerned, he will lose all his marbles. It takes DAYS to find all those marbles again. :P

So, what is a good romance to read aloud to a dog? :) Humor, do you think? Maybe I should just read silently and let him watch a movie? :)

I avoid the heavy drugs for my dogs since they do fine when they can hide under my desk. :) Last year I set up a little kid tent in my home office and put a dog bed in there. My scaredy-dog went right in and would not come out pretty much all day. :) He felt real safe in there. I'll have to find that tent in the storage closet and set it up again this week. 

Date Posted: 6/28/2010 8:03 PM ET
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My dog hates loud noises too, she really freaks out with fireworks.

Date Posted: 6/28/2010 8:58 PM ET
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Maybe one of the "Garfield" movies - might take his mind off the noise if he can growl at a cat.

And I'd curl up next to him, hug him now and again, and get yourself into a light & sexy romance.

They've already started the fireworks here this past weekend - over on the next street. Nice to see so close to home but my two cats went nuts. I hate this time of year - I partially open all the closet doors and hope they dive for the one that has the most stuff on the floor so the noise outside will be muffled.

I am NOT looking forward to this weekend.

Gail

Date Posted: 6/28/2010 10:54 PM ET
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What a good idea! I'll have to see if my library has any of those Garfield movies! I haven't seen any in awhile.

I have a cat, too, but she is bombproof. Opening closet doors is a great idea. If I had a closet in my home office here, I'm sure my dogs would love it in there.

I am thinking I'll put movies on all day and I can read Harlequin Blazes one after another. I have a stack of them here now. :) Then if I have some kind of crisis happen, it won't be hard to pick up and remember what was happening.

Date Posted: 6/28/2010 11:26 PM ET
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We had a thunderstorm today, and I curled up on the bed with my two dogs.  Turns out, for one of them, just putting the blanket over him is enough to make him feel safe from the storm!  The other is easily distracted by food.

Date Posted: 6/28/2010 11:39 PM ET
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I've done the blanket fort thing for my dogs sometimes when there is a thunderstorm or when the hunters are shooting ducks. We don't have that many storms here, fortunately.



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Date Posted: 6/29/2010 2:14 AM ET
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maybe read 'em one of those wolf shifter paranormal erotic romances like Elizabeth's Wolf by Lora Leigh or Wolf Tales! um, I may come over and hang out iwth ya'll if you read to us!

Date Posted: 6/29/2010 10:57 AM ET
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I just picked up an rx for my sweetie dog yesterday.  Her fears have progressed to where she just can't find a place she feels safe enough.  The fireworks are picking up every evening around here and we're not even to the 4th.  Wish she could find a place that feels safe to her but you gotta do what you've gotta do.

Date Posted: 6/29/2010 1:10 PM ET
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Yeah. Some dogs definitely need the drugs or they will really injure themselves going through a window or chewing something (or themselves) to pieces. So far I have been lucky and my dogs have not needed the heavy duty stuff.

I am considering reading Raised by Wolves aloud to the dogs now. I got it from the library and it looks really good. :)

Date Posted: 6/29/2010 1:12 PM ET
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My cats seem oblivious to most noises & things that don't directly pertain to them.  Thunderstorms don't even particularly faze them.  Which is odd, given that my white cat is completely around the bend crazy to begin with, and panics if you just look at her for too long.  She thinks that's the signal for the monthly attempts on her life (a bath or flea treatment):P 



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Date Posted: 6/29/2010 2:02 PM ET
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A friend's dog can't handle storms..even rain can set her off..not sure what meds she takes though but even with someone there she's freaking out..think this one was a stray so I'm assuming she got scared out on the streets. with my girls the lab - nothing gets to her unless me and the other dog wake her up by jumping at the sound of loud thunder! the german shepherd though has leapt from the foot of the bed all the way to the head practically on top of me. that was all she did though.

Date Posted: 6/29/2010 2:49 PM ET
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For a long time, I could comfort her.  But nowdays, nothing works.  She just moves from place, to place, to place.  Burrowing and hiding under things, staying for a minute, deciding it's not safe enough, frantically looking for another spot.  it kills me to watch!

Date Posted: 6/29/2010 4:53 PM ET
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your a good dog owner!

Around here it's just the kids that are scared of big booming noises...lol!  (although growing up I did have an 80 lb. Collie that used to cower under the covers with me when there was a storm!)



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Date Posted: 6/29/2010 4:58 PM ET
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Benadryl might knock them out.  It's over the counter, so no vet appointment needed.

Wal Mart has the Pro Pet brand for dogs, but it's identical to the human ones.  Just five times more expensive.