Low-maintenance, eager-to-please, mature girl seeks love-filled home to spend her golden years.
Red is a nine-year-old, seventy-six-pound Chocolate Labrador retriever. She is currently residing at the Nebraska Humane Society until she finds her perfect forever home. She knows many commands: Sit, stay, come and heel, to name a few and she is housetrained. She is loving and gentle toward children and plays well with other dogs. She loves being outside.
Red was adopted from the shelter two months ago, but brought back when things did not work out. According to her previous adopters, she was perfect in every way but one: You see, she is very afraid of thunderstorms and fireworks. For many dog owners, the Fourth of July is not a day filled with “Oohs and Aaahs,” but one spent comforting a stressed-out pet. The crack of thunder and lightning causes many dogs and cats to feel terrified. A pet’s physical reactions to these feelings of terror can be overwhelming to her family. A dog may chew, scratch or bark incessantly to relieve her stress.
There are options available to help your pet deal with these frightening situations. The Thundershirt is sold at pet retail stores and the Nebraska Humane Society’s gift shop. It hugs your pet, calming her down. Rescue Remedy is a liquid made from natural calming ingredients. Put a couple drops on her favorite treat and the loud booms aren’t so terrifying. A game of hide and seek with toys or a Kong can occupy her mind. And simply snuggling with a scared pet in bed can make her feel safe. The Nebraska Humane Society behavior helpline is always ready and willing to help pets and their owners. They can be reached at 402-444-7800 ext. 221.
So, you do not have to give up your pet because of storm stress. Red is such a fantastic senior girl with so much going for her; one personality flaw should not keep her from the cushy retirement she so deserves. Are any of us really perfect? Come to the Nebraska Humane Society to give Red a chance. For more information, you can log on at www.nehumanesociety.org.
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