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Today's early-morning thunderstorm has ushered in the "scared-dog" season in the Upper Midwest.
Some dogs are scared nearly to death by thunder and lightning (or fireworks, or gunshots) . The Current's Mary Lucia and I were conducting our own research (which usually consists merely of talking about it) a couple of years ago, but then my thunderstorm-hating dog died and the new Blog Dog couldn't give a rip about the weather.
The most intriguing "solution" we found, however, is the assertion that rubbing a dog with "dryer sheets" can make a difference, and indeed both of us found they appeared to make a slight difference. Why? It removes static electricity, which may have something to do with why the mutt is freaking out, according to the Knowing Dogs blog.
Help reduce the possibility that static electricity is an issue by rubbing a dryer sheet, such as "Bounce™ lightly over your dog. Be sure to purchase the unscented variety. It is helpful to rub this on yourself as well, so you do not accidentally shock your dog when you touch him on a stormy day. Don't wait until the middle of a storm to use this tip, simply rub the dryer sheet lightly over your dog's fur every morning during thunderstorm season.
Thunderstorm phobia seems to increase in dogs as they get older; that's led some to believe that the storm has something to do with aggravating arthritic pain .
Other possible aids? One vet suggests dressing your pooch in an old shirt. Be advised that if you try something like, we're going to require pictures.
Many dogs seem to find comfort in a tight space. Bathtubs are a favorite refuge. They are seeking the security that a small or covered space can offer. For many dogs, you can provide comfort by putting them in a tight shirt or leotard, providing the sensation of being wrapped and protected. There are commercial variations on this theme. Many have magnetic properties or other special features which set them apart. What they generally have in common is that they are expensive. I generally recommend that owners start by putting an old shirt on the dog. You can snug it tight with rubber-bands and see if this helps calm the fears. If this provides some relief, you can feel more confident that the purchase of an anxiety wrap will be of benefit to you. I have many clients who just continue with a shirt and others who try the commercial products. For those who buy, there are a percentage who seem to improve further and then of course there are others who did as well with the shirt. I used to be surprised by the effectiveness of such a simple concept until I thought about the difference in laying down yourself with no covers or blankets- it is a feeling of exposure- which goes away quickly and irrationally if you just pull up a sheet.
If you've got a tried-and-true solution, or just want to help our "research," pass it along below.(6 Comments)
Reader Dan Murphy has come through in our call for images of reporters standing in water to cover the Mississippi River flooding. He's sent a picture of an ABC reporter standing on water.
I know what you're thinking. No, Arkansas does not have a law about wearing life jackets in boats.
Reader Derek Schille was quick with the camera when NBC pushed the limits by pushing the reporter farther into the water last evening...1 Comments)
Improv Everywhere is out with the fourth installment of its "spontaneous musicals" series. This one took place at one of those nerdy conferences where people usually say the same thing they said at a different nerdy conference a week ago. Hence, the need to break things up a bit.
There's something wrong in this picture from the Associated Press of a boat being used to rescue people from the Mississippi River flood in Memphis, but I can't quite put my finger on it.
"Gay culture reclaimed the word 'queer'," a protester has told the BBC. "It is about picking these words up and using them with pride."
What's the word she's trying to reclaim? "Slut."
The movement started at an anti-sexual-assault forum on a school campus in Toronto when a public safety officer reportedly advised women in the audience "not to dress like 'sluts.'"
This, of course, is the 2011 version of a decades-old rationale for sexual violence against women: "Just look what she was wearing."
"The problem with the word slut is that it has cut women off because they have an energy around their sexual desires and we are still so prejudiced about this. But if we reclaim the word, it simply becomes an issue of 'so what?'," a psychoanalyst told the BBC.
A group has formed to organize "SlutWalks" in Canada amd the U.S. Dozens of U.S. cities will host the walks. None is planned for Minnesota, according to the group's Web site.(9 Comments)
Too far? A Hassidic newspaper didn't like having women in the now-iconic photograph of the White House situation room during the rain on Osama bin Laden's lair, so it removed them.
This is the original ...
This is what ran in Brooklyn's Hasidic paper ,Der Zeitung.
The City of Minneapolis is outlining its proposal for using taxpayer money to build Zygi Wilf a new stadium for his Vikings. Reportedly, the plan calls for using an expiring sales tax originally earmarked for the Minnesota Convention Center expansion, adding a liquor and food tax and implementing a surcharge on parking. The money will also go toward renovating Target Center, an idea that fell flat on its face after it was unveiled in February.
A new artist's rendering of the stadium was released today, too. (As I was saying last week...)
Colleague Ted Canova thinks he's seen this look before. See if you can guess where?
Update 3:23 p.m. - The Vikings have issued a lukewarm reaction:
The Minnesota Vikings appreciate Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis and Ramsey County for their participation in serious discussions regarding a new stadium for the team, our fans and the State of Minnesota over the last several months.
Today the Vikings want to thank the City of Minneapolis for bringing forward a proposal to replace the Metrodome. Team officials first saw a broad outline of this plan late last week. The Vikings were not involved in developing the specifics of this proposal and have not agreed to any of the financing elements. While we have concerns about provisions within the City's proposal, the team will examine it in further detail and respond accordingly.