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July22

Last night, there was this amazing storm. It rolled through after we went to bed, so I wasn’t ever awake enough to think about recording a few seconds of it – and now that I want to share it with Leah, I’m kicking myself.

It was riotous – lightning never more than a second apart, and more often than not, 3-4 bolts PER second. Thunder crashing constantly – never silence or the sound of rain, just some very loud crashes amidst a dull, rolling roar. (This is the first time I’ve ever understood the phrase “rolling thunder”.) It was intense – an awesome display of power.

But I had other things to think about. The street was flooded – a river that ran almost up onto the sidewalks. The water was rushing – we had to check the backyard and the basement for flooding (after the big flood a couple of years ago, we always do a check before we enjoy the storm).

And there was the dog. Who was hysterical. Accompanying the constant roar of thunder (for at least two hours), we heard the constant whine of a scared dog, punctuated with little (and big) yelps when big crashes came.

This is something we’re not sure about. He’s very frightened of thunder and fireworks (and gunfire). In the past, we’ve tried staying up with him downstairs (he’s not allowed upstairs). We’ve tried bringing him upstairs to sleep in our room (didn’t work, so he’s still not allowed upstairs). We’ve tried leaving him in his crate and draping it. We’ve tried ignoring him. NOTHING calms him down.

Aside from the dog’s misery, we were pretty happy – I love storms like that. Everything about them. The sound, the blinding light, the charge in the air before it breaks, the smell of the rain on a hot street, the lightness of the air after the storm has passed…

We didn’t get much sleep last night. But man, what a show! Wish you were here, Leah.

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  1. Avatar July 24th, 2008 at 10:58 am Julie Says:

    One of our dogs has trouble with storms, too. Here’s what we’ve done to bring him down from terrified out of his mind to just nervous:

    1. Drown out the storm. Turn on all the lights and crank up some loud music or an action movie. You need to feel the sound — after a while, it blends into the thunder. The harder it is to see and hear and feel the storm, the less scary it is.

    2. Act as normal as possible. Do all the stuff your dog normally sees you do in the house, but don’t fuss over him. The theory is that fussing over the dog reinforces (in his doggy brain) that there’s something wrong. So play with him, work on his obedience commands, but don’t coddle.

    That made a huge difference for our dog, and we’ve been able to give up the loud music for all but the worst storms. Good luck with your puppy!


  2. Avatar July 25th, 2008 at 12:39 am Dad A. Says:

    Mom A. again!
    Poor Jake. I hope you can eventually help him.
    We had big storms down here on the river that same night. Of course Dad A. pretty much slept through them. No flooding here, but the lightning knocked out our power by about 5:30 AM Tues. It was out for about 11 hours. Refrigerator off, so we had to be careful about opening the door. No internet. No phone (and our cell phone doesn’t get a signal down here). No lights. No AC! No stove (electric). And no water! (This house gets well water and the pump is electric.) Dad said we were living like Little House on the Prairie. :)) By 3:30 it was warm enough in here that we gave up and drove back to Belpre (30-40 mins. away, the first town of any size) just to be in the air-conditioned car and find a restaurant for supper. By the time we got back to the house, we had power again! We sure were happy to see that!!!


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