Thursday, April 26, 2018

Terrifying Thursday

Last week, we had hopefully the last winter storm of the season. It was freezing rain. It was windy. Ice pelted off the windows. The power flickered but was never out more than 10 seconds.

As most of you know, Hailey is afraid of wind and storms. She actually did pretty well. She did demand love and she did stand and shake at times, but because we were both working at home, it never became more. 

What you may not know, is Phod is scared of power flickering. If it goes out, he gets very nervous. I am not sure if this is something he has always struggled with, or if living with Hailey made it worse. He is much calmer about his fears. He just wants to be near us.

For example, because I wasn't going for a walk in the freezing rain, while I was on the treadmill, he huddled beside it. (Normally, if he is in the room with me, he is on the couch). 

Later, when I was in my office, he huddled in the corner by my desk. 

I hope that his fears don't increase and that we have a quiet spring with few thunder and wind storms. 


  1. Oh dear.....poor Phod - I'm glad he feels safe when he's with you. Maybe it will be a season of few storms......!

    Hugs, Teddy

  2. Hari Om
    Am not a huge fan of such storms myself... I have been known to duck under tables.

    Phod and Lee - you are doing fine, donchya worry now! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  3. we hope it was really the last attack of mr. winter... and you can enjoy a fabulous summer without power-tricks and without howling winds...

  4. Oh Phod and Hailey, you are such a brave pair and we are sure you will learn to manage your fears, with all the love and support from your wonderful Lady.

  5. We have our paws crossed that you have a calm season with few windy storms.

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  7. My fursister Q is also afraid of thunder. What makes this even sadder is she lived on a chain until she came to live with us; over 7 years or more!
    She is losing her hearing but still feels it.
    I on the other hand am not afraid of it but it is usually dancing with a storm which can easily trigger a seizure for me.
    Needless to say, we all dislike storms.
    Poor Hailey, have you tried a Thundershirt, or DAP. I wonder if lavender essential oil would help keep her calm during storms.
    Interesting that Phod is frightened by the power outages.
    Do you think he may be concerned for your safety?
    We are very sensitive pups we are.
    Stay strong Hailey & Phod💜

    Nose nudges,
    CEO Olivia

  8. Hailey and Phod...if my mom were there she'd be right there with you both. Now that all our 50'+ trees are gone she doesn't worry about wind but thunder and lightning..YIKES!!
    Hugs madi your bfff

  9. I feel your pain, Phod. I don't like storms either.

  10. Thunderstorms are never fun when you're 4-legged. We'll keep our fingers crossed they are kept to minimum. When Sam gets nervous, I add some lavender oil to his color to calm him down. Works well and of course, the scent is just fabulous-I love a traveling room to room deodorizer. 😇

  11. Seeing Phod in that last picture almost breaks my heart...

  12. Phod, if it's any consolation, I don't like when the lights flicker too. ~Island Cat Mom

  13. We are seeing a bit of concern about thunderstorms developing in Misty. We have had a couple of other dogs with those kind of fears so we totally understand. Maybe Phod "hears" something when the lights flicker.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  14. We hope you get some calmer weather real soon!

  15. We gits so many storms here us pups usually jest sleep right thru 'em... unless da thunder is so loud it rattles da winders... den we barks it!!

  16. We haven't had a winter storm for a while and I don't miss it at all.
    Coffee is on

  17. OH NOES! Sorry abouts the storms guys. Hey, have you tried CBD oil? I hear amazing things about it from other doggie parents, and I bets if you email Bentley and Pierre's Moms she can tell you all abouts it. (she is very smart in those kinds of thingies). Ma is gonna try it on me soon, we just needs to make sure it doesn't interfere with my other meds.
    {{{hugs}}} Phod (and Hailey)
    Ruby ♥

  18. Hope ya don't get any storms for a while. I don't mind em, but thunder distracts me when I are gettin ready to poop.

  19. We sure hope the weather calms down(and warms up) for you soon!!
    Jakey, Arty & Rosy

  20. Glad you were home to help ease their fears
    Hazel & Mabel

  21. Did you see our review of the weighted blanket last week? It really helped Luke a lot in similar circumstances. We got an ice storm too, with wind and sheets of ice falling off our roof. The blanket really kept Luke so much calmer! He as always been afraid when the power goes out too, I think because sometimes things beep when that happens.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets


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