** I apparently didn’t know the date, and set this to post on the 5ht instead of the 6th. I’m laughing so hard at myself because I was having a day when I thought I was on top of everything!**
Another 4th of July done! We had a great day just hanging out in the pool and doing our thing. But we stayed home with Maggie. We won’t leave her alone with the fireworks. My work at the animal shelter gave me an up close and personal view of what the blind fear will do to dogs (and other animals). And it can happen if the owner is right there due to the extreme fear-adrenaline running through the terrorized animal.
Maggie did okay through the barrages of fireworks. We worked on managing her fear all weekend, which includes exercise. She stayed on the couch by us during the two nights of nonstop fireworks, and at least she wasn’t shaking. I was so happy to see that much.
Then today, Wizard’s phone beeped and she hid under my desk.
Sigh. The only time she does that is with sudden loud thunder. Clearly she was having some residual reaction. Wizard and I went directly into our calm routine while not comforting her terror. There’s a difference between calm support and reassurance and reinforcing fear — we want our dogs as confident as possible. Since it wasn’t blistering hot, I took Maggie for a second walk to distract her worry and keep her brain moving forward. Right now she’s sleeping under her chair, so it’s working. Maggie’s not bad enough for meds but I fully support doing whatever works best for each animal.
But dang, what do people suffering from PTSD do? I hope they have strategies that help them cope too.
I don’t want to stop peoples responsible celebrations, I just really wish we could confine the fireworks to only one night. My second wish is that idiots couldn’t get fireworks, but that’s like wishing cake and cookies were healthy and calorie free
Hope everyone is having a great Wednesday!