Heloo, My name is Barbara and i am the proud owner of a australian/german shep. mix (had dna test done on him)I found charley 4 yrs ago wondering the streets near my apt. building. I dispatch for a police dept so asked them to send shelter out to pick him up. At the time i found Charley i was in the process of buying a house( short sale which are never short) months went by and i was finally getting the house. I called shelter to see if anyone ever picked this beautiful guy up....sadly he was still there. so for the next 3 months i went to shelter to bond with him and walk him. As the house closing got closer the shelter told me it was taking way to much time and they were going to show him to others. I wanted him so bad offer to pay for his food and shelter . Even wrote a note to the head of health department handed it to him with tears in my eyes. I am no stranger to dogs while i was married i owned rottweilers all with health issues. from hip dysplashia,cancer and full blown seizures.y problem with charley is he is afraid of everything from thunder,wind,rain,fireworks etc even took my ceiling fan down because he was afraid of it. he paces and pants all the time. Then a few weeks back he was acting even more weird. he was hiding and started throwing up. trip to vet found out he had pancreatitis. he was gone for 2 nights and i was the one pacing and panting. he had chest and stomach x rays all clear vet checke his lungs and lympnods and he is fine. go back in week to make sure his blood levels are down again. I love this dog with everything i have. I just wish i didnt feel like im failing him because i dont know how to calm him. I even brought a massager to massage hips and back. Maybe its just me or do most shepards pace and pant i am at my witts end. Can anyone help???? Thanks for at least reading this.. Barb
First, you are doing your best for the dog and shouldn't feel guilty. He is so lucky to have you! Otherwise, he would be probably dead by now. Second, there are different ways to deal with a fearful dog and a lot of literature was written on this topic. Go to amazon and order a few books. Also some people found thundershirt helpful when dealing with anxiety in dogs. Third, you may consult a dog behaviorist who can asses your dog in person and offer a solution. In any case, its a long process and you should be patient and persistent. Many dogs like him suffer from anxiety disorders which are not unlike other disease. You can consult your vet who may be able to prescribe medication which may be helpful. Good Luck!
thank you for the info...i will look into the books. i tried the thunder shirt with no luck. had vet give me perscrip for his nervouness and fear of storms and fireworks but didnt like what they did to him.....he was so dopey from them. vet gave me some valium this last visit i gave him a half when we had a storm didnt seem to help. then a few nights later we had really bad storms so i gave charley one a hr b4 bed. one hr later he was still up and i had to keep the light on in bedrust so he couldnt see the lightening through the sheads that were down. we finally thought he was out a hour and a half later so my boyfriend starts waving his hands infront of charleys face...he got no response. so we figured it finally kicked in. (my boyfriend had to get up at 5 am and it was around one am this was going on) I shut off the light....and guess whos head pops up....lol. i finally got one of those battery operated lanters put it on next to him and he finally fell asleep . I hoestly lovethis dog and went through a lot to bring him home. The higher ups at the shelter were getting tired of him being there and started to show him to others. The women that worked there refused to show him because they knew he belonged to me. i actually told one of the "paid staff" there to go (bad word)because hewas suppose to tell me 2 wks b4 what they had planned to do and he never did. he said to one of the volenteer workers "can you believe she said that to me?" her response to him was ......i would do the same if you did to me what you did to her. I honestly believe in my heart charley and i found eachother because we need each other. I had been through a divorce that was hard for me to do plus i landed in the hospital due to all the stress i went through. while i was going through a divorce i lost both my rotties within a yr of each other and than my moms house burnt down. Charley is my gift from above and this i believe 100% without him i would never have made it.
I am sorry for your loss and all that you went through. It must have been tough. However, tomorrow there is chance for a better day. That being said, you should bear in mind that our emotions, moods and energies are reflected in our dogs. They receive it even stronger then spoken words. I recommended a behaviorist, since a good one can help asses the whole situation and maybe your emotional state influences Charlie. Someone from outside may see things you are not aware of. As for medications, their dosage can be altered to fit your specific dog needs. There are also medications that are taken daily and start working only after at least 3 weeks, for constant anxiety control.