Maizey looks a bit unhappy in this picture because she was a bit unhappy. Actually a lot more than a bit. This was a very hard day for her. The 24th is a holiday weekend here and the neighborhoods go crazy with the fireworks, even more so than the 4th of July. Add to that we’ve had thunderstorms almost every afternoon, the kids in the neighborhood are outside and running around making happy noise, very loud happy noise.
We have many things that help her now, but some days none of it is enough. It seems those are the days Magnus is the most snuggly with her. This afternoon after about thirty straight minutes of her barking she finally came and sat with us. He got right up nose to nose with her and started licking her face, very lightly sniffing and licking her. Then he did something I’ve never seen in my dogs before, but something they frequently do to me when I’m upset. He foot tapped her. He tapped her right on the chest. I wish so much I knew what that meant. It’s not any kind of dog language I know of, it was absolutely fascinating! After that they laid on the bed together and went to sleep. I am not near enough versed in animal behavior to say what all of that meant, but I do know she seems to get a lot of comfort from him. Sometimes more than from me.
For tonight I gave her 1 mg of Clonidine and she’s sleeping now. It works much better than the Alprazolam we tried on the fourth. I have a wonderful vet to work with now and all in all Maizey’s hard days are getting fewer and further between. If I can’t end the hard days I’m glad at least we have the tools to help her through them.