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5/22/12 5:19 P

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My lab loved her crate, it was sort of a security blanket for her. I leave Zoey's thundershirt on here awhile after the storms have passed. I, too, am careful that she doesn't get too warm in it but then she is kinda cold natured and seems to like it.

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My hubby and I have just celebrated our 51th wedding anniversary, can't believe we've been married that long! We have 2 children and 4 grandchildren and live in Tallahassee, Florida.

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5/22/12 11:26 A

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The jury is still out on whether the TS will really help our 9-year old Lab mix. He never had a problem with the storms until a really bad one last year. Between the lightning and thunder and the fact that the power kept going on and off and causing the CO2 alarm to keep beeping, it totally freaked him out.

This year, thankfully, we haven't had any particularly severe or extended storms. So far doggy seems to do fine with the TS - we made sure he has pleasant associations with it (i.e., treats) and it seems to relax him. Our challenge has been knowing when to remove it - it seems like a storm will have left the area for quite a while and so we remove the TS, and then there'll be stray thunder boom out of nowhere! Naturally it would be wise to keep it on for a while until everything is done, but I wonder if it might be too warm sometimes.

Because doggy looks for a safe place during the storms, I'm wondering if it would be helpful to set up his crate again (he was crate-trained as a pup).

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5/12/12 10:34 A

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I'm thankful you rescued little Maggs too, Jules, she probably wouldn't have made it through those awful fires. Give her a big hug from me and Zoey!

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5/12/12 4:32 A

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My little Maggs was an outside dog as well and she's only a little Australian Terrier (a step or two up from a Chihuahua).

She was well known around the neighborhood when she used to take off when it either rained or had thunder and stop at different houses. Thank goodness that all stopped when we finally got her, I dread to think what would have happened to her when the bushfires swept through the valley.

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5/11/12 7:55 P

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Sher, you are right about not knowing what rescues/adopted furbabies go through before coming to us. My Zoey had to stay outside too and she is afraid of thunderstorms. I guess she just had to look for a place to take cover. Poor babies.

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5/11/12 6:55 P

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I have heard of these and should probably get one for my cocker, Bailey....she is terrified when it storms and clings to me when they occur. We adopted her from a neighbor and she was an "outside" dog with that owner; and now we keep her inside (with a doggie door so she can come in and out as she pleases). This just surprises me so much because I wonder what she went thru before she came to us when she was outside all the time....go figure!

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5/11/12 10:42 A

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think I am going to get one next pay period, the benadryl doesn't work for him, it actually makes him more hyper like it does with some people

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5/11/12 9:57 A

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I have both the Thundershirt and Anxiety wrap. The TS is more affordable and easier to use than the Anx, wr. It's debatable if it helps or not.It works for some not all. All you can do is try.
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5/11/12 8:20 A

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Jules, do try one for Maggs, Zoey sure does well with hers. She feels all "secure"!

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5/11/12 2:52 A

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I must get one for my little Maggs. She's inconsolable during rainstorms and thunder, this was the reason she came to our place in the first place.

I have been waiting until her spinal surgery scars have healed to try it. It's good that there is a money back guarantee on them.

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5/10/12 11:53 P

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Our Phoenix is terrified of 'noises' - strange ones (like the neighbour rattling something in his shed....), thunderstorms, fireworks, banging a bag of ice on the floor to break it up, etc. etc etc.....

We've never tried the thundershirt because we have just heard way too many mixed results to make it worth trying to get one here in Canada. On our vet's advice we give him Benadryl (ahead of time if possible - like when we know there will be fireworks going off in the area). Although he is allowed more, we always try him with the minimum dose. So far that has worked wonders for him.

In fact the last 2 thunderstorms hardly bothered him at all, and that was without any medication at all! Part of our success, I'm sure is due to the fact that we do not fuss about it at all, just act as if everything is normal. Dogs read so much by your tone of voice and body language, so pay special attention to that too!

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5/10/12 5:57 P

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I bought one for my Yorkie "Gizmo" he is so afraid to be in cars. I had to take him to his annual doctors appointment and he was so much calmer than usual. I am waiting to see how it works during the Monsoon Season.

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I have a thundershirt for my Zoey Jack Russell and it immediately calms her down. She is 14lbs. and the small fit her fine and I'm able to make it snug enough for her. They have to fit pretty snug. It is definitely worth a try as now she just sleeps through the thunder storms. They have a money back guarantee if it doesn't work.

I'm sorry it didn't work for Bentley Lorraine.

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I bought one for my nervous Maltipoo, Bentley. According to the sizing on the package I bought a size small as he is about 13 pounds. Small was too small and too short. Medium was too big. The length was better but I was not able to make it tight enough. I didn't really notice that it made him any more calmer. Returned it. Lorraine

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I use one on my dog Jenny for traveling and for when we're in a public place with lots of people, and it DOES seem to calm her down quite a bit! As soon as I put it on her really. However, Jenny isn't afraid of thunderstorms and sleeps right through them without any help, so I don't know what to tell you there.........

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Riddick has always been afraid of thunder so we let him sleep in the bathroom and that helps but lately storms have been so bad that they rock the whole apartment and freak him out. Has anyone tried the thundershirts with success, I know I heard from a few people yesterday but I was curious if any more knew about them, thanks

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