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Old 06-24-2010, 08:38 PM
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Default Tillies new Thunder Storm "attire" - Thanks Tracy!!

After reading about Gia's fear of thunderstorms & rain and how Tracy suggested the "body squeeze" I thought we'd give it a try because some reason Matilda's reaction to thunderstorms has escalated since last year. The other day it thundered in the distance so I put a tiny t on her & it seemed to work but the storm was only in the distance & didn't get near us (thank goodness) so I wasn't sure how well it would really work. We had a semi-bad storm here this afternoon & I took one of my daughters leotards that were too small & cut the sleeve off & made one that would fit more of her trunk (the t was a bit short). It didn't make Matilda relax completely but DEFINITELY helped tremendously! All she did during this storm is stand with her ears crooked backwards & she still followed me around. But usually she shakes & shivers horribly & starts panting & over heating. None of that this time! The past few storms it even took her a good hour to recover after it ended & the storm just ended about 10 minutes ago & she's already curled up sleeping.

So it definitely works wonders! Thanks for sharing that idea Tracy!!


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I live in Los Angeles and we only get thunder storms about once every 2 or 3 years, so I'm lucky I guess. I know Paco would be scared. I feel so sorry for animals when they are scared. My big dog was terrifed of the smoke alarm, it would chirp when the batteries were dead. One day it started chirping when I was at work and by the time I got home I thought she would have a heart attack. I'm so glad the shirt worked for you girl.
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Aw poor thing! How cute are they! I love thunderstorms, Kizzie does get a little scared but Shayley is a pro at them now and they don't bother her. I never heard about that before but that's cute
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I'm so glad to hear that it helped Matilda. Poor girl. Thunder storms are scary. I live in California so thunder storms are rare. We do occasionally get earthquakes. The rumbling and rolling scare the heck out of my guys...me too!
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I am going to have to try that too! Both of my chis are extremely terrified of thunder and lightning storms. Living in Florida, that's all we have here when it rains......lots of thunder and lightning! My older one gets so anxious that he pants very heavy and acts like he's about to have a heart attack. Pedro tries to hide in all kinds of places to get away from it; and they both whine and cry and carry on something awful.
I'm wondering if a tight stretchy material would work too since I don't have any tights or leotard type of material.
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I am so glad this worked Heather!! YAY! I had read about it and I'm so glad I passed on the info. Anything that helps take the edge off is great. And she looks cute in it too.
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oh k this is soooo random but is Her strip on her head really furry ? like a mohawk? lol it looks bumpy
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oh k this is soooo random but is Her strip on her head really furry ? like a mohawk? lol it looks bumpy
This reply made me laugh! I totally see that too. TOO cute.

Heather, where are you from? In the midwest we had thunderstorms every other day it seems, here in WA we get them every now and then too though but not like the crazy ones back home. We've had one so far since I got my girls and no signs of being bothered.. Hope that sticks. I'm glad this method is working for other people too though I will have to keep this trick in the back of my mind!
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