|Barked: Wed Dec 12, '12 5:12pm PST |
|Charlie used to be EXACTLY like Bunny in car rides. He'd pant, whine, cry, shiver, shed fur, and pace. He couldn't settle down AT ALL, and even on the way home, would be(less, but still) antsy to get out of the car. I was pre-warned from his previous owners that he DID NOT like car rides.
Then I met my fiance. And we took Charlie EVERYWHERE in the car, literally, unless we were going shopping for long periods of time. And most of that 'everywhere' was out to K-Country - which out here, is mountains, forests, rivers, wildlife, etc and we'd hike out there with him on his long line. He began to learn that car rides meant something good was going to happen somewhere. But he STILL whined, shook, cried, panted, paced and shed fur.
Until one day, I decided to try something new. I took HIS blanket, and placed it in the back seat of the car, with a few of his toys and bones. Not only did this calm him down... But it made a HUGE change in his behavior.
He no longer cries the entire time(only if he KNOWS where we're going and gets excited, now), doesn't pant or pace, or even shed fur. In fact, a few times since I used the blanket method, he's actually curled up and laid down for the drive! It was... the weirdest, most amazing fix in the world.
Now.. I'm not saying there's a fix for Bunny, necessarily... But I am saying that I totally get it.
There were times I thought Charlie was going to send himself into another seizure, he'd get soooo incredibly anxious.
He was definitely a lot better on the ride home, but a lot of the time, I summed it up to him having tired himself out by the time we were headed back.
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