Voice from the Middle

Apps for my dog

Don’t laugh. Until you’ve spent a sleepless night while your dog freaks because of the thunderstorm happening outside, you may try anything to calm him down. Recently, I’ve searched, downloaded, and become sold on an app for my dog. Ridiculous.

Yes, fuzz butt has acquired a phobia of thunderstorms. It occurred in his second year of life so it was a surprise at first on what was happening. He’s always parked at overhead airplanes (we must be under a flight pattern), but other than he is a fairly easy going dog.

Add to this new development that I live in an apartment building where when fuzz butt barks, he wakes up a building of nice people. Nice people I have to face in the morning.

I want to be a good neighbor. Hence, the need to calm my dawg in the house down. I’m too cheap to go buy a thunder shirt that I’ve seen advertised; so in the middle of the night — out of desperation — I downloaded a white noise app for dogs.

It works. It worked that night and it has worked during subsequent storms. A definite positive of modern technology.

Buddy on a thunderstorm-free night. zzzzzzzzzz

Let me know if you have tried anything else that works.



By Debra Happe

Debra Happe is a writer and marketing professional based in Des Moines, Iowa. Debra does business, magazine, and freelance copywriting work. Specialties include science-based, environmental, and technological. Connect on LinkedIn for professional inquiries.

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