Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Snug as a Bug

We're just chilling out at home tonight.  It's cold and damp here in New York, and the forecast looks even worse for the next few days.  Fingers crossed that it clears up by the weekend and we can go hiking again in the woods.


A very, very brief recap of our day.. I know yesterday's post was long enough for the entire week!

- Couple of walks, some better than others.  She heard a sound that sounded a lot like a firecracker (though I know it wasn't) and it spooked her, but she recovered.  That is a very big improvement over how she was over the summer.  Scared of people/kids (and especially kids screaming), but, again, she recovers while on the walk instead of pulling like crazy to get home automatically.

- Doing some new noise desensitization using good ol' Youtube.  I didn't think noises originating from the computer would scare her since the sound is localized, but I'm going to try it anyway.  First sound.. smoke alarms!

- Spoke to the vet, he said the blood work was very good.  Gave me the OK to try 5-hydroxytryptophan.  I'm still thinking about it.  Definitely going to put a better plan in place for the warmer months, he said we'll discuss it more in the spring.  If I go ahead with the 5-HTP, he and I will talk again next month.

13 comments:

RILEY AND STAR October 14, 2009 at 10:45 PM  

Hi Marge,

Well it's nice to see you resting for a while. You are one busy girl!

Glad things are getting better with your health. keep up the good work!

We're think'n of ya,

Riley and Star.

BRUTUS October 14, 2009 at 10:48 PM  

Hope no one needs to open that door!!

Michelle

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom October 14, 2009 at 10:59 PM  

We had four walks today in anticipation of the forekhast!


That was good to see the vet thought the blood work results were good!

Paws khrossed the noise 'therapy' works fur woo!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

KB October 14, 2009 at 11:10 PM  

I'm wondering if you have any idea why Marge is more scared in the summer. It seems odd. Is it that there are more people out and doing stuff like setting off firecrackers?

I'm glad that your vet said that the blood work was good. That's great!!!!

Martha Basset October 15, 2009 at 3:51 AM  

Hi Marge,
You manage to curl into a small cosy little ball to snooze.
We had some fireworks (firecrackers across the pond!) yesterday when we were out for our walk.
We didn't like them at all.
We will be interested to hear how you get on with your noise therapy.
love
Martha & Bailey xxxx

Mango October 15, 2009 at 6:37 AM  

Screaming human pups! ARG! Why do they make those sounds that make one think something is being eaten alive and you have to fight or flee?

You just have a good nap and enjoy your movies.

Slobbers,
Mango

Frankie Furter October 15, 2009 at 8:15 AM  

Oh yes, I can relate to the aversion to noises caused by those two legged ones. Just not "natural" and certainly enough to get our hackles up. Right?

The Army of Four October 15, 2009 at 2:20 PM  

You look like a chocolate doggy doughnut! Ha woooo!
Luv,
Dave

Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart October 15, 2009 at 2:47 PM  

Isn't it interesting that BOTH Marge and Lilly have more behavior trouble in the summer?

Your firecracker scenario make so much sense for Marge, but we don't have that issue here.

Very weird.

Marge looks very cute curled up. We call that being a "pill bug."

Kathy October 15, 2009 at 5:18 PM  

Marge looks so snug and settled in that picuture, guess the cool weather is not bothering her. So glad the physical causes have been ruled out.....MARGE IS HEALTHY, yippie, and maybe with all winter to work on other things....maybe the summer will be much better then you expect, and like you said it gives you a lot of time to explore and deceide how you want to handle things.

I am sure Marge says "woof,woof" and thanks for being such a good friend to her and caring so much!!!

Sue October 15, 2009 at 6:06 PM  

Monty almost climbed the walls trying to get out of the house if the smoke alarm went off. We had to take him outside and distract him just to change the batteries. None of my dogs like that sound.

Scout 'n Freyja October 15, 2009 at 8:12 PM  

It is cold all over the place and rainin' too. What's goin' on? Marge, you has the right idea - in fact, we are headin' to our floofy beds right now!

Carolyn October 16, 2009 at 9:53 PM  

Boy, I don't miss that weather (grew up in Pittsburgh).

YouTube for noise desensitization? BRILLIANT! :)

-C

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