Hello there furry good readers,
We (the Dog Woods Pack) interrupt this blue bandanna series of photo posting with an query.
Donny boy - the latest addition to the Dog Woods Pack is a picky eater to start with. He's been eating quite well lately and putting on some weight until the last few days of rain. So yes, you could say Donny's eating habits is dictated by the weater. He gets terribly anxious and won't touch his food even before the rain arrives - thanks to the Canine's super hearing! What's worst is that in our neck of the woods, the wet weather is usually accompanied by thunder and lightening of varying degree of violence.
We think he's anxiety affects his stomach and his appetite. Not knowing Donny's history we haven't a clue how his fear of rain began - maybe he was abandoned when it was raining? The Chief found him when it was drizzling slightly and he was more than eager to follow her home.... but we digress, this (him not eating) goes on well after any storms. Today it rained in the morning - so he didn't eat his breakfast. And this evening it rained again, so he didn't even touch his dinner.
Of course, we happily gain from him not eating. More share of delicious home cooked food! We could happily ignore Donny's problem but he being one of the Pack now, we're somewhat concerned.
What we want to know - or rather the Chief ... is there any way that she could help Donny overcome his fear for storms and eat even when its thundering out there! She's tried giving him cuddles, putting him in cosy, confined spaces, rubbing him down (which he loves - seems he likes the brush as much as the TOP DOG!), even hand feeding him but to no avail.
Any suggestions would be much much appreciated! :)