A while after Sandy came to live with us, we noticed that she seemed to be really fearful when it stormed. She would not get in her dog house, but instead would just stand out in the weather shaking like a leaf. No matter how many times we trudged out during a storm to put her in the dog house, she would come right out and beat us back to the house.
Finally, it got so bad that she began to dig out under our fence and leave during a storm. We came up with all kinds of contraptions trying to keep her in the yard. She then began to go over the fence and leave. We were really afraid something was going to happen to her while she was out trying to outrun the stormy weather, so we put up an electric fence and armed her with a collar that would shock her when she approached it. That seemed to work for a
w hile...until...one REALLY bad storm came. She risked it all and made the jump over even though I'm sure the fence gave her a good shocking! She was gone for 3 days! I was just sick as I could be over losing her. Finally, the dog catcher in town called me and he had her! I was so happy to get her back. She is now an inside dog! She still has a terrible time with the storms and now even when it just rains! We have to confine her in a crate or just sit and hold her on a leash to keep control of her during a storm. She has evidently paid attention to the local weathermen, because she always tries to take proper precautions during these storms.
Back in the spring, we had a real possibility of a tornado so I had padded up a place in my hallway with couch cushions and such. Sandy immediately thought this was all for her.
Here he is, grabbing onto the leash. "Sandy, calm yourself down girlfriend!"
After the so called 'storm' ended, I took her out for a potty break but Hershey thought she needed to stay inside a while longer.
Here he is trying his best to reel her back inside.
We really do love Sandy, even with all of her strange issues. We have learned a lesson though: If a co-worker is trying to get rid of this so-called GREAT DOG, you gotta wonder...just why is he trying to get rid of it.
We DO love you, Sandy Girl!