Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July: In Praise of Thundershirts

Happy 4th of July!   I hope you have a fun day (and a great long holiday weekend).  

I'm looking forward to a fun, relaxing weekend.  I'll plan to be home in the evenings because of fireworks.  Fireworks are legal in Atlanta, and you can see stands in shopping center parking lots;  the local grocery store even sells fireworks.  

My youngest dog, Abby (a 4 year old Dachshund/Jack Russell mix) is terrified of fireworks, thunder, and loud noises in general.  I always plan to be home on fireworks holidays so I can put Abby in her Thundershirt and comfort her.  The Thundershirt is a wonderful invention;  it really helps Abby with loud noises.   It is made of stretchy fabric, and wrapped snugly with velcro.  Effectively, it snuggles against a dog who wears it because he or she is afraid of noise.

Whatever you have planned, I hope you have lots of fun!  What are you up to this long weekend?   If you have dogs or cats, how do they do with the noise of summer holidays (fireworks)?  I'd love to hear from you in the comments, below.

12 comments:

Carol Cassara said...

Anything that calms a dog down is fine by me. Hey, i've got a whole section of my website devoted to dogs (Dogville) if you are ever in the mood!

Eloquent Mind said...

Happy 4th July to you too :) Sounds like a fun thing to be doing on the holiday. Have fun... Since we are vacationing in India now, we will be missing the fireworks in USA this year :)

Denise said...

Happy 4th of July , your dog looks so cute in that shirt

Judy Yaron said...

My heart goes out to little Abby. We, too, have fireworks on our Independence Day (Israel) and they would scare and they sh*t out of our dog. Poor thing would run and hide in the bathtub ... Happy 4th of July . Enjoy a fun wkd. HUGS <3

Bob Gilliland said...

Little Abby is just adorable in that picture. So happy the Thundershirt is working well for her.

Margit Crane (@GiftedWithADD) said...

Can I just say that I love your interest in vintage cards and such. My mother collected vintage cards from the 1800s and this is bringing back fond memories!

Birdhouse Books said...

Carol, thanks! I will look for your blog with the Dogville section ... sounds neat!

Trish

Birdhouse Books said...

Eloquent Mind, thanks! Vacationing in India sounds amazing -- hope you have a wonderful trip! Trish

Birdhouse Books said...

Denise, thanks! She is a very good girl. :-)

Birdhouse Books said...

Judy, thanks! Bless your pup's heart with the noise ... that sounds like something Abby would do too. Hope you have a good weekend! Trish

Birdhouse Books said...

Bob, thanks! Yes, it is ... it is like a miracle cure ... she calms down as soon as the Thundershirt is securely on.

Birdhouse Books said...

Margit, thanks! I LOVE vintage cards. Your mother's collection from the 1800's sounds amazing! Trish