Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Thundershirt Storm Night 1

So if you read my last post you know that I got an awesome Betta named Jaws and he is still doing wonderfully. You also would know that I ordered a thundershirt and it arrived and that, amazingly, it fits Charlie perfectly.

So last night was the first night to test it out. I put it on and Charlie just stood there. I had put the thundershirt on previously and it hadn't effected Charlie at all and he was still walking around like usual, but I'm still wondering if he just froze there for a minute because he was uncomfortable, because Charlie only wears clothing when he is about to go outside in the cold weather. (Which is definatly not the weather we are having recently.)

So after that minute of stillness Charlie began to shake again during the big thunder booms, but he was not panting and drooling all over the place like usual and he relaxed enough to lay down between booms, which he normally refuses to do during storms.

I thought it was going pretty well until the tornado sirens went off at 4am and Charlie started panting and pacing and acting as he normally does during storms.

Overall I think the Thundershirt went better then my expectations because I was just expecting an overpriced, too tight, unnecessary article of clothing for my dog that is just another thing to add to the laundry. Because of the subtle change I noticed I plan to try this shirt every thunderstorm for the 45 day trial time and if it gets better I will definatly be keeping it.

P.S. I can not find Kale anywhere in my city.

It's getting frustrating.


  1. I would say that even if it helps him a little, then at least that's something! Glad you tested it out.

    Ace hates all clothing. If I put a coat on him, he goes into shut down mode and just lies there like he can't move, even though he's had a dog coat for about three years. And he knows he can move in it. If he had storm anxiety, the Thundershirt would probably help him.

  2. Charlie will wear almost any clothing but he is sure to tell me if he is uncomfortable. He will shut down then, but he never tries to rip anything off, which is fortunate.

  3. Wouldn't you know, the only dog afraid of loud noises is the only dog who hates hates hates clothes of any kind.

  4. P.S. My Poodles understand the theories of why thunder happens.

  5. Sometimes smart dogs scare me...