Monday, April 21, 2014

Mischief Monday - Time in the Crate

After last weekend's redecorating, we made the decision to put Lee in the crate again when we were out. This is a risk because Lee has destroyed 2 crates in the past getting out. We put her in her thunder shirt (day 1 and 2, Man forgot day 3), gave her some chewies, and in she went.

Day 1 and 2 were fine. She wasn't happy, but she did ok.

Day 3, things went not as well. The Man came home and Lee had pushed out the bottom and the crate and was able to pull the beds from outside close enough to destroy them.

This is the blurry picture the man sent me from his phone.

She also had a cut on her nose (one she reopened on her bunny hunt on the weekend, but seems to be doing ok now).

We have changed our plan. She has to wear the thunder shirt when we are out. I know she hates it, but she seems to be less destructive in it. Also, we are working on blocking the garage door when we go out, so she can't rip the wall up more. We will see if this helps. If it doesn't we are going to have to have the meds talk again. Sigh!

Fortunately, I am only working out of the house 3 days this week, so that will give her less time alone!


  1. you might want to look into Clomocalm - that is what Denny is on. It helps hugely with the anxiety without making them all sleepy and we have had no other side affects with it. She has developed a habit of stressing and the tablets will help settle her and retrain her mind to be calm when you out and hopefully she won't the need the tablets after a month or two

  2. Sorry we are of no help but looks like Bree has some ideas. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. Oh even the blurry picture shows that Lee was busy. I hope you will find something what solves the problem. Have a good monday

  4. Awww, poor Hayley, it must be so confusing for her. Hopefully the shirt will help, even if she doesn't like it!

  5. WE hope by wearing her special shirt it makes her feel less anxious. Poor kid!!!
    stella rose

  6. EEK! So sorry!!!! I know how you feel, all to well!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  7. Oh My! I don't know what to say. Hope you can find a solution that all is happy with.
    Sweet William The Scot

  8. I am sorry this is happening, I hope you can figure out what is best for everyone.

    Loveys Sasha

  9. Oh no poor baby. Time to call Cesar Milan.
    Lily & Edward

  10. If the Thunder shirt doesn't work....maybe a straight jacket... BOL! Don't worry, we're just being silly. Poor Hailey, she must be sooooo scared.

    XXXOOO Bella & Roxy

  11. Wow, she really gets distressed. We hope you can find an answer!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  12. have you tried aromatherapy?? Check out The collars are filled with herbs, all natural. I have considered getting one for Greta. She is fine in her crate when we leave home, but she goes totally beserk at the obedience trials if I try to leave her in a crate or pen.

  13. Oh no Lee! It's amazing what some dogs are able to accomplish while inside of a crate...

  14. Poor Lee. We hope you can find a solution that will work for everyone.

  15. Maybe you could try one of the heavy duty plastic airline crates? The bottom half is one molded piece and the top is another molded piece with window grates. Maggie and Duke never liked the wire crates but they loved to go to bed in their big plastic "dog forts". That and a Kong stuffed with dog food and frozen might help. (Maggie had a Kong for almost 2 years; Duke had one for 15 minutes :)

  16. Oh goodness,, we hope the thunder shirt helps!

  17. Poor Lee, she just loves y'all sooo much she doesn't want y'all out of her sight. Sorry you peeps are having to deal with her anxiety it must be frustrating and sad for y'all.

    Aroo to you,

  18. Major separation anxiety is so difficult to deal with.

  19. Oh no poor Hailey. Hope you figure out something that works xxx

  20. There's a lot of great ideas on here! I'm going to have my peep look into them. My furfriend has fear aggression and separation anxiety. It's really rough for her. I hope the thundershirt works for you!


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