This year, I did five minutes of research on dogs and fireworks to come up with ways to keep our dog comfortable (and quiet). I had remembered that when Ray and I used to go to the dogpark, before they added the blind dog obstacles, I often talked to people who swore by the use of the "Thundershirt" on their dogs during storms and other stressing events. The shirt uses "gentle pressure" to keep a dog calm. (If you've ever seen the movie Temple Grandin, it's the same idea as her squeeze box). I decided to try the concept of the Thundershirt on Ray, and then, if that didn't work, to try the other recommendation, using background noise to mask the commotion going on outside.
|Now, how is this supposed to work?|
"Let Ray come upstairs if he wants to," I said to my lovely husband who was now acting as the makeshift Thundershirt, "He can sleep with us tonight."
Gregg, understanding the need, agreed.
Five minutes later, Ray, who had heard and understood every single word, was stretched out full-length on the bed yelling at every boom. Thinking that maybe our downstairs background noise hadn't been backgroundy enough, I turned on the TV and tried to find something more suited to the occasion. After a quick search, I settled on the last fifteen minutes of Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming. It turned out to be just the thing. Ray quickly became fascinated by the plot and his yelling dwindled to an intermittent declaration of independence. I drifted off to sleep.
As soon as the movie was over, Ray started up again. I roused myself enough to find a channel with some nice rap music and Ray and I were lulled back to sleep by the soothing tones of Pitbull.