Jones Natural Chews Gets Us Through the Storm
Kimberly Gauthier, Dog Nutrition Blogger for Keep the Tail Wagging
We live in the Pacific Northwest and right now the weather blows, literally.
I’ve lost count of the windstorms we’ve had in the past six months. We lose power, we lose trees, and we lose sleep. And one of our dogs is terrified of windstorms.
Dog Parents Stalk their Local Meteorologist
Not “stalking” in the dangerous, creepy way. My stalking is more obsessive combined with the occasional “ssshhhhh, she said it’s going to be windy!” Rodrigo’s fear of wind has pushed me to Google what speeds I need to be worried about.
5-10 miles per hour is a light breeze. Our local storms were 45 miles per hour and faster. I’ve learned that anything above 30 mph is going to be a problem for Rodrigo. And for me.
The other day, I heard “high winds” and cursed Comcast for taking away our DVR and my ability to rewind. I then spent another 20 minutes waiting for the halfwits (yep, I was cranky) to repeat the newscast and confirm that we were in for another windstorm.
Preparing Rodrigo for a Windstorm
Luckily, I was going to be home for this windstorm so I was able to make a plan for Rodrigo.
- Rodrigo and I went for a long walk in the morning. Sometimes I’ll take all the dogs, but since I wasn’t sure how accurate the weather report was, I figured it would be easier to walk one dog than all four.
- I spritzed Canine Calm onto my fingers to rub it into Rodrigo’s ears. Canine Calm is a product that uses essential oils to alleviate anxiety in dogs.
- I chose and unwrapped a selection of Jones Natural Chews for the dogs to enjoy later.
Our dogs don’t get their chews until the wind starts blowing. Rodrigo is very food motivated and when he sees his chews, he forgets about the storm. Convenient, right?
Preferred Chews in Our Home
Rodrigo has a sensitive gut and I have to be careful about the chew treats he eats. Jones Natural Chews makes several that are a good fit for my dog and I’ll give him one or two on windy days:
- Windees (beef trachea)
- Pork Ears
- Pumpers (whole pork hearts)
- Curly Qs (twisty bully sticks)
I put a couple drops of Rescue Remedy for Pets on Rodrigo’s chew and let him have at it. He does great and no longer wakes me up in the middle of the night, because the wind is blowing.
It’s heaven. Jones Natural Chews is helping me get a good night’s sleep.
Now if the windstorms can move on to another part of the country, I’ll be a very happy dog mom.
About the Author: Kimberly Gauthier is the blogger behind Keep the Tail Wagging, a blog about raw feeding, dog supplements, and raising littermates. Kimberly and her boyfriend are raising two sets of littermates in the Pacific Northwest where they enjoy a property with plenty of room to run and explore. Kimberly finished her first e-book on raw feeding called Raw Feeding from A to Z. Rodrigo, Sydney, Scout and Zoey are all herding mix dogs, including Blue Heeler, Border Collie, Catahoula, Australian Shepherd, and Labrador (a lover, not a herder).