Sunday, June 21, 2009

Day 367: One Year Ago Today

From: goldens@grrh.org
Date: Saturday, June 21, 2008, 7:26 AM
To: THE MOM

Amanda-

We are not sure if Karen has gotten back to you yet; however, it sounds like the storm was not well timed - Luke's only real issue from his records and what I was told when I picked him up was his fear of thunder. He spent his entire life (before the nine months at the shelter) outside and, as a result, likely had some traumatic experiences during storms. One of our rescues was severely thunder phobic and I took him to the behaviorist at TAMU. He is now much better - the bottom line is exactly what you know - treat them as normal as possible, be with them if possible ( I find being on the floor with them is the fastest way to bond or reassure during a trauma), do anything and everything that is comforting. We actually played a tape of thunder sometimes and over time, the problem has become no big deal. Dakota will occasionally with a really big storm want to get in my closet; however, it is no longer a panic situation.

We are here to help and I have a special attachment to Luke, so please contact us if you need help or want to give us an update. Rescue dogs are seldom easy at the outset; however, as you know, they are even better companions as they bond etc.. Cool Hand Luke is a really good guy and he is intelligent, so I am confident he will get over this issue before long and then he will get on to writing blogs for you! Call if you need anything at all.

(Uncle) Tom and (Aunt) Madison

2 comments:

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

That is why Khousin Merdie doesn't like storms either - she was an outside golden until my Unkhle Paul and his peeps reskhued her!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra
PeeEssWoo: Mom is a little leaky - our word is MUNSON and he was a handsome Mal in Australia that khrossed in the past few months - I guess he's saying hi from North of The RB!

Tee said...

Hello there lucky luke,

We like to report that our Donny boy no longer is too terrified of storms. At least he's eating but he still whines occassionally and sticks to the Chief like glue ...

The Chief tells him there's nothing to worry about and behaves quite normally only rewarding him for not reacting to thunder ...we think its working quite nicely!

Licks and wags

Tuffy and the Dog Woods Pack