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Wordless Wednesday: Thundershirt Edition

We should all buy stock in the Thundershirt company, if it ever goes public. My friends Rod and Amy Burkert at GoPetFriendly.com just finished a Thundershirt giveaway contest — sorry, they have a winner — that elicited raves about the product.  Caleb, pictured here, and his person, Jillian, swear by it too as a cure for separation anxiety.

Caleb and Frankie live opposite lives. Whenever we see them on the trail, Caleb is outgoing and lively, Frankie timid and retiring.  But Caleb gets stressed when he’s left behind at home, to the point that he needs a calming shirt, while Frankie is perfectly fine with my comings and goings, though he clearly prefers the former.

This is where I know I’m supposed to say something sage about books and their covers or animal behavior… but I’m not sure what this signifies. I’ll leave you instead with one of my favorite Brooklynisms: Go figure.

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13 Comments

  1. Posted July 20, 2011 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    If ever I could get the cats to wear a Thundershirt I would get one for them -such a great product! We’ll soon to be moving house and I wonder if it would help for that too 🙂 I was fortunate to meet them at Superzoo last year and they are great people!

    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted July 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

      Oh, good — I’m glad to hear that they’re nice people; I thought they would be but you never know. Maybe they’ll make a kitties version…?

    • Posted July 21, 2011 at 2:50 am | Permalink

      I’ve seen demonstrations of wrapping a dog in Ace bandage material for anxiety. Perhaps the same thing could be done for a cat (who’d tolerate sitting still long enough).

      The APDT had an article about this with pix: http://www.apdt.com/veterinary/assets/pdf/Merritt_MA10.pdf. I bet a search would probably find tips for doing it with a cat.

      • Edie Jarolim
        Posted July 21, 2011 at 4:58 am | Permalink

        Very interesting article, Pamela; thanks for the link. I never knew TTouch was associated with body wraps; I thought it was just massage.

  2. Posted July 20, 2011 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    I am going to buy one. I’ve been pondering it for a while, and I can’t deny that it sounds amazing. I hope it works!

    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted July 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

      Good luck, AJ! Hope Bella loves it. I’m sure she’ll look cute in it.

  3. Posted July 20, 2011 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    I briefly read about Thundershirts on one of my dog Facebook groups. They were, of course, discussing it in relation to thunderstorms. I never thought of using it as a tool for separation anxiety! Great idea! Caleb seems to like his shirt! 🙂

    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted July 20, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

      Caleb is very fond of his shirt, I’ve been told. And yes, it apparently works for all kinds of anxiety. Thanks for coming by!

  4. Posted July 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    A friend owns a pet products store. Both she and I have only heard how great Thundershirts work. I need two..
    BTW, Caleb looks almost exactly like my Margie – I think she is a Border Terrier mix :).

    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted July 20, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

      Caleb often has a little Mohawk. He’s very cute. I’ll let Jillian know that he has a lookalike in Margie.

  5. Posted July 20, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    hey there, saw you on blog hop and decided to say hello. I know the thundershirt has a function,but it’s also looks really cute on him! Happy Wednesday 🙂

    • Edie Jarolim
      Posted July 20, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

      Ha, ha! It also looks very cute on Frankie, kind of like the Dog in the Gray Flannel Suit, but so far I can’t do a testimonial for the product, so I let Caleb be the spokesdog. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Posted July 20, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    Caleb is adorable! I’m glad the Thundershirt is helping with his separation anxiety. We’ve found Buster’s Thundershirt to help with everything from riding in the Winnebago to reacting on leash to other dogs.

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