Editor’s note: Now that it’s spring and thunder storm season is approaching, we thought we’d rerun this piece on the success of thundershirts in treating scaredy dogs.
Handsome and distinguished Stuart of the excellent Scottie Chronicles wants to be the next model for Thundershirt and his guardian Nan is getting out the vote for him. Here’s his story:
My eyelids are getting heavy…very heavy. As you can see, I’m pretty calm, cool and collected. The three C’s: that’s me in my Thundershirt.
I’m pretty dapper, too. My friends all say I look pretty cool when I’m wearing it. Though I look and act like an old man, I’m only six and the most laid back Scottish Terrier you’ll ever find. That is until some big ‘ole NOISE or THUNDER or FIREWORKS SHOW makes me crazy. And it’s getting worse as I get older.
So, the peeps thought they should check out the Thundershirt technology and lo and behold, it’s working. Yep. I’m a toilet hugger during a storm, but when I have this thing on, it’s a lot better.
Cool. Now I can hang out on the front stoop with my peeps during a storm and watch the world go by. That’s what I do best.
I really think a Scottie should be your new star. Really. The big dogs seem to get all the glory. And the itty bitty dogs get all the, “oh…aren’t they cuuuuute!” stuff. That’s fine. But, folks, let’s share the love.
Vote for me. Stuart. The most laid back Scottie you’ll ever see. Thanks! (See, I’m polite, too.) Oh..and yes, that’s white on my chest. I’ve got some white on my belly and back, too. Unusual. That’s me! Unusual Scottie. (All the more reason I should be your “star”!
The thundershirt is based in part on the work of Temple Grandin, noted author, Doctor of Animal Science, and professor at Colorado State University. The thought is that gentle pressure provided by this shirt calms the nervous system.Here’s some more background on how Thundershirts work and a link to buy them on Amazon.
The Scottie News‘ Bridget pays zero attention to thunderstorms. How about your dogs?
Update: Stuart did not win, demonstrating once again that life is not fair.