Buster Update

Lap Dog

I brought Buster home seven weeks ago, today. He really has made himself home and seems to be happy here. He’s very loving and likes attention. He’s not crazy about being left home alone. He has three idiosyncrasies that I’d like to address, the first of which may have addressed itself since it hasn’t happened except for the first week or two.

1.) He had peed on our bed a couple of times. Once on my pillow. We have a waterproof mattress pad so there was no damage except my pillow was not washable so it had to be thrown away. But like I said, he hasn’t done that in quite a while so that may have taken care of itself (hopefully).

2.) He gets carsick easily. He starts drooling and before long he throws up whatever is in his tummy. We were cleaning the car and he jumped in like he was wanting to go for a ride. He started drooling and the car wasn’t even running.

Chair Dog

3.) He doesn’t like fireworks. The New Chair dogYear’s Eve fireworks only lasted about 45 minutes and he was lying next to me and shaking. I can only imagine what the 4th of July will be like when the fireworks go on nightly for more than a week culminating in a blast fest on the 4th.

We do limit the areas he can be in when we’re gone but he has plenty of room to wander and be comfortable. He loves to run around in the yard and bark at distant dogs in the neighborhood. He figured out the electronic doggie door within minutes of getting here seven weeks ago so he goes in and out whenever he wants to. All in all he’s doing really good and is a pleasure to have around the house.

7 thoughts on “Buster Update”

  1. I’ve heard ThunderShirts work well on dogs. https://www.thundershirt.com/classic-thundershirt.html
    But even better: There is a company called Dr. Goodpet. Despite the semi-lame name (LOL), I have used their products on my pup for years and everything I have used, has worked really well! They have a product called Calm Stress which are drops. As far as I can see, all the reviews are 5 stars and the first review specifically mentions how well it worked during fireworks and on car rides! http://www.goodpet.com/dogs/calm-stress-1-oz/
    Hope this is helpful 😀

  2. The thundershirt works well for Buffy, too. The shaking ends in minutes, and she will even settle down and nap.

  3. Well, you could always put headphones over Buster’s ears during the fireworks. Maybe play the sounds of barking dogs through them to obscure the noise?

  4. We’ve had success with Thundershirts too. It was not 100% effective for fireworks, but combined with Benedryl, kept our lab mix comfortable. It makes sense that the Thundershirt could work for car travel as well.

  5. my pup got sick in cars when he was little but he grew out of it. until then he would start salivating and swallowing before he threw up so I had time to pull over and let him heave. there were plenty of false alarms but I’d rather pull over than clean up puke.

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