Lulu is scared of thunderstorms. At the first flash of lightning or crack of thunder, she becomes the most pathetic creature. She just stands there -- ears-down, tail-down -- and shakes. Sometimes I can ease her tension by putting a blanket over her head, but not always. She doesn't stop shaking until the storm has passed. And then she's fine.
You might think this is another post about impending Hurricane Irene, but it's probably not. Hurricanes bring strong winds and rain, but rarely do they bring lightning (although some do). The science of it seems to be that most hurricanes lack the vertical wind churning that forms the electrical fields that cause lightning. Lulu is by no means a fan of rain or wind, but it's the thunder and lightning that really make her freak out. And we've had a dark and stormy August here in New York, folks -- countless thunderstorms and record-setting rainfall -- and Irene probably won't be the last to pass through. Poor Lu!
Which brings me to my question: Does Lulu need a Thundershirt? Which probably brings you to your question: What is a Thundershirt?
Well, for lack of a better description, it's a shirt for thunder -- you know, a thundershirt.
From the website: "Thundershirt’s gentle, constant pressure has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs if they are anxious, fearful or over-excited. Based on surveys completed by over two thousand customers, over 80% of dogs show significant improvement in symptoms when using Thundershirt. Thundershirt is already helping tens of thousands of dogs around the world, and is recommended by thousands of veterinarians and dog trainers."
You just wrap 'em up in it. And then commence tranquility.
The Thundershirt's original purpose was to help calm down pups with dog storm phobia (hence the name Thundershirt) but it turns out that it's been helpful in treating a variety of dog anxieties, including leash issues (ahem, Betel).
$36.00 for a size XS Thundershirt. With the 45-day money back guarantee on every Thundershirt (along with the absolute guarantee that we are in for some more late summer storms), it seems like a good pet investment: Lulu can wear it during storms, and Betel can wear it on walks, and I get to say "thundershirt" some more. Win-win-win.