Rocky – My Doped Up Dog…

Rocky relaxing outdoors

Help. And I really do mean it.

I’m exhausted. Rocky, our Golden Retriever dog, is terrified of thunderstorms. Not just the normal variety of scared. It is just beyond…

Rocky pants and drools. Then whines and cries. And trots around the house, his nails clip clopping on the wood floors. What is he looking for? Me.

When he locates me, he hides underneath or behind me. He army crawls his 85 pound body under my pillow—then carries on with the heavy panting and drooling. He keeps army crawling closer, until he about knocks me off of my king size bed. I push him back to the middle and we start again. There is NO sleeping during a storm. At least not for me. He is on me like flies on shit until the storm passes.

“Close the bedroom door,” Boy is she dumb, you are thinking.

If I do this, he takes his routine on the road—and begins tormenting the kids.

“Shut ALL of the doors…like, duh!”

Rocky and Grace (our puppy) lounging in the family room

Tried it. He rams his body into my door and will not stop. I am not concerned for his  head and/or mental capacity, as there isn’t much hope for that. I can’t have a damaged door.

While on vacation a couple of weeks ago, I was desperate and slipped Rocky a Benadryl.  Yes—I drugged him. He spent the night tossed across my aunts’ couch, during an awful storm.  We poked him a few times to make sure he was still with the land of the living, but we all slept like babies. And so did he. We all felt a little bad. But not too bad.

Last night, I tossed a Benadryl into the back of his throat—but I swear he spit it out. Because I waited and waited—for nothing. And I do recall him struggling with it and that there might have been some chewing, or something…

The dog is 7 years old. I have lost all hope that he will mature and outgrow his fears.  Now, I’m just waiting for deaf and senile to hit. One of us.

Thank goodness the weather calmed down at 3am last night. Too bad the alarms rang at 6am. At 40 years old, I cannot function on 3 hours of sleep. Please forgive me, if this post is filled with grammatical errors, or makes zero sense–I am nearly incoherent…He of course, has been sound asleep since early this morning.

I did get caught up on my television in the middle of the night. Watched The Millionaire Matchmaker, which would be great if I LIKED The Millionaire Matchmaker. Nothing against it, but it only reminds me that I am now 40 and divorced. Watching others ‘date’ gives me the hives. It is like watching those ‘nanny’ shows with the awful, screaming, misbehaving children—just after you’ve put your kids to bed and finally have peace and quiet.

Rocky napping on a heap of pillows and blankets

Anybody watched the weather forecast for the next several days? Take a look…

And then forward some ideas for dealing with Rocky. Otherwise, I am going to be severely sleep deprived.

And no, I do not have a gun. (And couldn’t do that to my loyal friend, anyway.)

But I am open to less drastic ideas…

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About Amy Lauria

Artist. Writer. Single Parent of two college students. Beach Walker. Dog owner who walks outdoors to maintain sanity. Into shiny objects, vacations, glitter, cupcakes, sports, and my beloved sticks, stones and beach glass.
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8 Responses to Rocky – My Doped Up Dog…

  1. D. J. Hickok says:

    Amy,

    I have the perfect solution. Take the Rockster on a road trip to “Big T’s” pad for a couple of days, so they can do some much needed bonding,eh?

    djh

  2. SandySays1 says:

    Awwww, give Rocky a break. I’ve seen some of my canine friends that suffer from the same affliction. It isn’t fun for we dogs or the humans we own. From your post I think you understand that. I live in SW Florida one of the thunderstorm capitals of the world so…I’ll try telling some of the tricks I’ve heard. Turn on the Hifi, loud, but play some soothing music on it. Give him a treat on the floor next to your bed each time it thunders, then every other time, then every third time and so on. If those don’t work try putting a picture of beautiful me up and say you’ll only take him to visit if he gets rid of the coward thing. That’s a long shot but…..
    Sandy
    http://www.sandysays1.wordpress.com

    • Amy Lauria says:

      Thanks so much for the hints Sandy. Anything is worth a try! Rocky is one of the most kind, gentle and sweet dogs I have ever known. Our family truly loves him. Lucky for him, we are a patient family, because he does have some funny ways about him. The dog in your photo is just beautiful, by the way.

  3. shamtest says:

    I can’t seem to access this site from my smartphone!!!

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