It has been a rough week here for my anxious dog, Miss Hailey Bug. We have had power outages, thunderstorms and fireworks. While we were hoping the occasional Valium would be enough to keep our calm, we have had to make the decision to also return her to prozac after a year and a half off it. She just gets herself so worked up, she can't regulate. She must destroy things while she is hyperventilating.
Friday night was particularly bad as the neighbours had fireworks in the field across from the house, and there was some rain. As the Man had to get up to work at 5:30 on Saturday morning, I took the night shift.
We started in our closet, where she managed to get into the sewing kit before I joined her. We then ended up in the basement in the bathroom. Everything has been removed from this room. I pulled in a chair and held my Kobo in one hand and pet her with the other as she shook and tried to go through the wall. I just kept redirecting her.
After about an hour, I was tired, so I took the cushion off the chair and moved to the floor. I knew we were making progress when she sat on me. Not the most flattering pictures of either of us, (I am not sharing the worst lol!) but a true look at what living with an extremely anxious dog can look like.
After about another half hour, I think the combination of the fireworks clearly being done, and the meds, she had settled enough that I could move to the couch. This is where I slept with all the lights on while she went back upstairs with the Man. I stayed here until about the time Man had to get up for work, and then I moved back to the bed.
Earlier in the week, after the power had been out for a few. hours and it was slightly windy and we think she thought the sound of me pulling up the garbage bin was thunder, she pulled things out of the garbage in my office to destroy them. You can click HERE (hopefully) for the video. I am in the process of changing my email address (it will now be kten19ATmeDOTcom) so am having issues syncing all the things! I will get it all sorted out.