Hi everyone! Welcome to my blog. I’m really glad that you are here because I have lots of news this week.
Before I share my news I want to say a big thanks to everyone who has liked my Facebook and Twitter page. You are helping me to raise awareness for dog anxiety issues. If we aren’t connected, don’t worry, you can find me here on Facebook and Twitter :)
My week has been really fun. Dad and Cortney took me on a boat trip and it was awesome! We did some fishing and I swam in the sea with my life vest. When it comes to sports and water, I’m very brave and love to get involved. Whatever dad is doing, I want to do!
If you’ve been following my story, you’ll know that thunder scares me a lot. My anxiety might have cost me my role as a seeing eye dog, but it doesn’t stop me from helping others. Last week I blogged about my visits to the hospital as a pet therapist and showed everyone the cool badge they made me. Cortney takes me to the hospital once a week to help people who have issues with anxiety, like me. It’s one of my favorite things to do :)
I’d like to share some advice that’d helped me through times of anxiety. Did you know that pets feel safe when in an enclosed space? We are sensitive to barometric pressure and can sense a storm coming before you do. That’s why we get anxious and act funny when a storm is on the way.
Before a storm, we might chew things, run away or cry. Making a fuss and telling us that it’s ok can make us even more anxious. The best thing to do is create a safe place for us to hide in when the storm comes. Place a blanket and a chewy toy in the area so we feel secure.
Dad, being an engineer, built a special crate for me that I can hide in when the thunder starts. I love it so much that I go in there even when there’s no thunder. At night it’s a really cool place to sleep! It plays calming music, which is proven to reduce dog anxiety. I sometimes annoy dad with the music at 3am, so he built a volume control to turn it down at night. He turns up the volume again before leaves the house, in case there’s a storm and I need to hide out in my ZenCrate.
I’m really excited this week as I found out I’m going to star in the feature video for my favorite place in the whole world! It’ll be a cartoon version of me, with my story of how I flunked Guide Dog for the Blind school because of anxiety. As soon as it’s ready, I’ll share it on my blog.
Dad will be using it to launch a Kickstarter campaign for the ZenCrate. We are going to help other dogs with anxiety issues, such as fear of fireworks, thunderstorms or separation anxiety. What’s your pet’s biggest fear? I’d love to know what my fellow furry friends are afraid of and how they deal with it. If you have any tips or stories to share, please comment below.
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