Why is it when we decide to get a Dog for our daughter who has anxiety it turns out the dog has equal to or more anxiety than our daughter? This is an article about OUR story and OUR dogs.
There will be an affiliate link to a website that we found to be helpful. If you were to purchase something from this site we do get a small commission but as always I am here to share what I have learned while dealing with mental health issues (even in our pets).
The mellow 8-year old Chocolate Lab named COOPER. He is our grumpy old man that came at a time when HC needed a buddy. He has become quite the life saver from a mental standpoint. Her ROCK and her CUDDLEBUG and her PROTECTOR.
He runs about 115 pounds and is the tallest lab I have ever seen. When he shows his teeth he looks like the meanest dog but chances are he just wants to show you how his minty fresh dental chews are working.
Just for a little perspective, Cooper was so easy to train. It was like he came home as a puppy already knowing that the GRASS was the place to do his business. He can be off leash and come when you call him. He was like that first child that was so easy you decided to have a few more…and we all know how that usually works out.
The crazy 1-year old Syberian Huskey named SKYLA. She is our entertainment. She also is our biggest headache and at times threatened to go up for adoption. We had discussed getting a second dog as Cooper got older and less active and I thought we had pretty much decided on another mellow, definitely non-shedding, cuddly, mid-sized dog. By now you must be able to figure out where this is going.
So off she goes to LOOK at options…and home comes the most adorable blue-eyed sweetest thing that has transformed into (well, we will keep it a PG blog post). One good thing is the energy that this dog has keeps HC from living on her island (the couch). This dog is always one step ahead of us humans. She is always trying to figure out ways to get what she wants.
Thunderstorms and Weighted Blankets
Thunderstorms are a problem in our house. Cooper will go hide in the bathroom (the big baby) and Skyla takes after me (grandma) and sits and watches out the window. HC chooses the couch and her Mosaic Weighted Blankets as her go to until the storm is over. (These weighted blankets have been a blessing at our house – we have three so that each floor of our townhouse has its own weighted blanket) Don’t judge until you have tried one.
During thunderstorms when HC was home alone I would get all sorts of texts and calls during the storm. Now when we are having a storm and my phone is quiet I can picture exactly what is going on at my home. Skyla is sitting at the window wishing I was there to enjoy the storm with her. HC is cuddled up on the couch under her favorite weighted blanket and Cooper is either under the blanket with her or hiding in the no window bathroom.
CBD Oils for Pets
I recently found a new website that has Green Roads CBD Oils in the form of drops that is specifically for your furry friends. They have drops for cats which I have recommended to my co-workers who have horror stories getting their cat to the vet. For the pups in our world they have three different options based on the size of your dog.
Why would one want to give CBD oils to their pets? To offer a calming serving of CBD when thunderstorms, visits to the vet, long road trips, house guests, weariness from aging, and other stresses that may challenge your pet.
Is it safe? You and your pet are both mammals. We have a special set of receptors called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Your ECS is involved with your body’s homeostasis. Sorry…I really get into the science on this stuff. Homeostasis literally means “same state” . One wants to keep your internal environment in a steady state even when external environments may be changing. Like when my daughter and the pup start to hear thunder off in the distance and we know a storm is coming…weighted blankets and CBD oil can make the entire storm a tolerable experience for all.
The same is true for your pet! CBD can support calmness and well-being for your dog or cat the same way it does for you.
I have not been on this blogging venture for long but I must admit that the article about CBD oil and vaping was my most commented on and controversial post yet. I am curious to see how the topic of Green Roads CBD oils for pets rank in my comment world.
So would we give CBD oils to the WILD one? Nope. We will embrace the personality of this husky and enjoy the crazy. As with my daughter and her Vaping…it is only used for anxiety and a sleep aid. Our lab will only get it when he is anxious as well.
Last evening when HC and I were talking about this article (she always offers input) she actually told me that SYYLA the crazy wild husky is absolutely a reason she is still here. As in still here on this earth. When her suicide ideations hit and she starts to head to that dark place, more than once Skyla has snapped her out of going all in to that place of no return.
So after hearing that I guess we will hold off on putting her up for adoption just yet. Love on your pets. They deserve it.
Keep fighting the good fight.