Spring Forward

So we’re already a week into May and all I can think is where the heck did April go?

Spring is turning out to be quite the transitional time for our pack. Ryan & I are gearing up for another move here in a few weeks, into a more dog-friendly neighborhood where we hope to stay for at least a couple of years. It takes Beamer a few months to really settle into his new surroundings, so we’d like to make the next period in his life a little more settled than his previous years. Not to mention, my move to Kansas City a couple of months ago and transition back into full-time studenthood to finally finish my degree. Oh, and by the way, we’re trying to plan a wedding in under 60 days!

One of my goals during all this welcomed chaos is to keep up with the blog, as I think it helps me make sense of the chaos. Besides, it’s the dogs that keep me sane, happy and healthy no matter how crazy life gets. Here is a quick rundown of some of the things I’ve been meaning to share with y’all about life with Beamer (and Lucy):

  • We learned that Beamer doubles as a barometer in our pack.
  • How you ask? He is reduced to absolute mush when thunderstorms are on their way.
  • The only comfort for a trembling, disoriented and petrified lump of mush is a cozy lap or open arms until the storm passes.
  • Lucy on the other hand doubles as a very inconvenient paper shredder.
  • How? She shreds any book, box, or otherwise tearable material left within her reach when left alone (including anything on any counter surface she can manage to climb onto).
  • Clearly, she does not like being left alone for too long. In fact, she also protests abandonment by peeing on the floor. (Thank God for Nature’s Miracle & dog crates).
  • Sometimes it takes a library of shredded books and mountain of soiled paper towels to finally admit to myself that my dog has anxiety problems.
  • As if her leash reactivity & bully attitude towards other dogs wasn’t enough of a hint towards her insecurity.
  • Thankfully, the KC Pittie Pack group dog walks we’ve been able to attend have significantly improved her leash reactivity (in just a few walks!)

We have had our share of triumphs and discoveries over the last several weeks. Things I simply can’t  share in a bulleted list. Things like how easy walking both dogs has become over just two months. Or the amazing moment that Ryan let them off leash at the WWI Memorial the other day and both dogs a ran a great distance side by side. How it warms my heart to see Lucy curling up next to Ryan on the couch, after a lifetime of struggling with her fear of men. And the joy of realizing that our dogs are a lot older than we realized (or I have been willing to admit)…

I’m looking forward to sharing more about the pups in the upcoming weeks, as life keeps springing us forward. In the meantime, if anyone has any suggestions or good resources for thunderstorm anxiety or anxiety in general, please share!

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6 thoughts on “Spring Forward

  1. We are a Comfort Zone household (plug in variety) and it helps with all types of anxiety the dogs might be having. My boys do pretty good with storms but i know several dog parents who have had luck with thunder shirts.

    Bummed we didn’t get to meet this weekend! 😦

    • I haven’t tried Comfort Zone with any dogs before, but will definitely be looking into it. I have read good reviews about the calming plug-in diffusers, so this is helpful info.

      And yes, I’m disappointed I missed you at the Pet Fiesta! Will try again next time 🙂

  2. Hooray for moving to a new place! Which neighborhood did you guys end up picking? Are we closer to each other??? 🙂

    Also, we know a storm is coming because Turk will start licking the baseboards. It’s his weird tic. But we always have pretty clean baseboards in April when it is super stormy!

    • That is too funny! I wish my pups did some more house cleaning around here!

      And we are (hopefully) finalizing our new place this weekend. We’re pretty sure we’re moving north of the river. So, farther away 😦 but still in KC!

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