||[Jul. 5th, 2007|10:17 am]
The Question Club
My husband and I adopted a second dog, Athena, a few months ago. She's a 7 year old shepherd mix and she's fairly high-strung, but not unreasonably so most of the time. Our other dog, a 3 year old pitbull mix named Lucy, is pretty chill most of the time.|
One evening, about a week ago, I couldn't find Athena... I looked all over the house and in the fenced back yard. Finally, we found her in the bathtub, looking scared. She didn't want to come out, so I didn't force the issue and she came out eventually. This happened a few more times and we realized that she was reacting to random fireworks going off leading up to the Fourth of July. Last night, when it sounded like freakin' WW III in our neighborhood, she camped out in the bathtub all night long. I felt bad for her, but didn't really know what to do other than go in there from time to time and give her some loves and try to reassure her. Lucy kept checking on her, too, which I thought was adorable.
ANYWAY, does anyone have tips on other things I could do to keep Athena calm when there are fireworks? We weren't shooting anything off ourselves, but anything within hearing range is enough to freak her out. I'd hate to see her go through this again every 7/4.