Does Fido Fear or have Fun on the Fourth?

Do you stay at home on the Fourth of July to calm your quivering dog?

Does your dog pace around your bed keeping you up all night or poke you constantly while you can barely hear the distant rumble of thunder?

Many Dogs suffer from Thunderstorm Anxiety

Chipper, my 12-year-old cocker spaniel, has thunderstorm anxiety. He also trembles during visits to the vet; pokes me when he hears firecrackers; pants during car rides; and resists me when I trim the fur on his paws.

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Cocker Spaniels Union

I have two cocker spaniels and Chipper is the union steward of local 633. He is always informing me (his employer) when it is time to eat, when to get treats and which type. He makes sure we follow the cocker spaniels union contract at all times. He warns us if we are late in providing these benefits and if we are in danger of violating the contract.

Cocker spaniels wearing bandanas
Buffy & Chipper in their Cocker Spaniels Union Local 633 bandanas.

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Jake’s Tower

To what extent would you go to so your dog could see people walking by in the park?

Instead of installing a different fence so his dog could see people and dogs in the park, my neighbor built a tower for his dog Jake.

Dog tower
The Tower of Jake, so Jake could watch the park over the fence. Note the house could use repair.

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Chipper’s External Brain

When Chipper was a young puppy he developed double pneumonia. My mom nursed him back to health, but he always seemed mentally slow, probably because his body fought off the sickness instead of developing. He needs his little sister, Buffy, to tell him what to do.  Although Cocker Spaniels are not known to be smart dogs, Chipper seems especially dumb, even for a Cocker. But he makes me laugh – a lot!

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