I have the 3 most adorable puppies in the world. Stretch, Ellie and Rascal. Ellie was 2 when we got her and spent the last year of her life in a shelter. She had severe separation anxiety and would chew on anything and that included the furniture. She was also afraid of storms, I mean she’d shake violently and if one came in the middle of the night she’d paw at your head to wake you up so she could cuddle.
Stretch was around 5 when we got her. She belonged to my sister-in-law who’d rescued her from an abusive home when she was a puppy. When we got Stretch, Ellie seemed to calm down but the one thing she’s never gotten over is her fear of storms. Stretch who’s never afraid of storms has picked up on Ellie’s nervousness and imitates her now to the point of shaking and whining whenever it thunders.
Rascal we got in November 2010 when he was 8 weeks old. He’s got some sort of equilibrium problem and he bangs into walls and doors a LOT when he runs. He also trips over his own feet. We really should have named him Thud. The vet said he’s otherwise healthy so let’s consider it part of his personality, and boy has he got personality PLUS.
Well, Ellie developed a bump on her front leg a few weeks ago that was smaller than a pencil eraser. Over the last 2 weeks it’s gotten bigger and we found a few more on her back and chest. Took her to the vet and she had surgery yesterday to remove them and he said they all look benign. That’s good but we have to keep her quiet for 2 whole weeks. How do you keep a dog quiet when there’s a 10 month old puppy that wants to play. I’ve been rotating Ellie and Rascal in a cage but they both look so pitiful when they’re in there.
So, earlier there was a storm and Rascal was in the cage where he was fine since he has no fear of noises, only items that are out of place. I had Ellie on my lap keeping her from jumping around and Stretch was next to me shaking like a blender and had this very STRANGE look on her face.