Dog Anxiety Wrap

Dog Anxiety Wrap: Product Review To Stop The Boom Boom Fear (and whatever else) Written by: Carol Bryant

And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air, the cocker hiding ‘neath my chair. Yes, these are the images that beckon to mind in my household this time of year and whenever a thunderstorm is looming.

My name is Carol and I have a dog who is incredibly petrified of loud sounds from outside. My little guy started out without this fear in the world. Innocent and tabula rosa, my little cocker blank slate. Then it changed on a dime, or should I say “quarter” stick.

Dexter needed to relieve himself and last 4th of July at the exact moment he was in front of the house doing his business, a HUGE host of fireworks exploded into the night sky. Bye bye innocence, hello reality. I about thought that he would jump out of his fur and leave track marks trying to get back into the house. All of my cooing and coddling him that it was “okay, baby, it’s okay” only reinforced his behavior. Bad dog mommy. Bad.

It progressed to fear of the loud thunderous storms that make their presence known here in Pennsylvania frequently during the summer months. As a dog writer and heavy traveler with Fido, certainly we needed to nip this in the bud.

So when the folks from The Anxiety Wrap company contacted FIDO Friendly to see if we were interested in a product review, I skeptically thought well, “sure why not.” I wondered though, would it really work? What’s so special about a snug fitting holistic body suit? And won’t Dexter eventually realize putting the shirt on means boom booms are about to hit the night sky?

That’s why I write about product and don’t invent it. That’s left to the good folks at The Anxiety Wrap. Susan Sharpe invented the Anxiety Wrap. She’s trained animals for over 20 years, so she has experience with this sort of thing. That put me at ease.

The process of ordering the Anxiety Wrap was really incredible, and that’s an understatement. The customer care team worked closely with me to ensure an exact fit for my Fido and to explain exactly how to use the Anxiety Wrap, the do’s and don’ts and how to maximize its efficacy.

You can learn more about those specifics here: The Anxiety Wrap



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Lost Shih Tzu Returns After Five Years

Though many household hounds have incredible noses, the tracking abilities shown by one California shih tzu can be explained only by the existence of a canine sixth sense — or a homing device.

Five years ago, Myrna Carrillo’s beloved shih tzu, Prince, went missing from her parents’ home in California. After an unsuccessful search, Carillo believed that she’d never see her pup again. But when Carillo returned home from work last Wednesday, she got the surprise of a lifetime: The long-lost Prince was sitting on her doorstep — a doorstep he’d never seen before!

Hard to Believe
During the five years the dog was missing, according to KGET-TV 17 in Bakersfield, Calif., Carrillo got married, had kids, and moved four times. Still, the shih tzu somehow tracked her down.

And Carrillo was able to set aside her disbelief. “I was a bit scared, more than anything,” Carrillo tells KGET. “Because I didn’t know if I was seeing something or what. I’m just hoping nobody’s pulling a prank on me.”

Strong Evidence
Right away, the dog seemed to recognize her, but Carrillo wondered, Could it really be the same shih tzu?When he arrived on the doorstep, Prince was a little dirty to say the least. But after a visit by the groomer, the resemblance is reportedly hard to deny, even for Carrillo’s veterinarian, Dr. Ann Hamilton of Bakersfield, who noted that the dog’s “grizzle coloration is pretty unusual.”

Hamilton tells KGET that she thinks the dog is Prince also “because of the black around the face and the fact that he recognizes his name, and he’s showing behaviors they had noticed before.” Hamilton then pointed out the importance of microchipping you pet.

During the past few days, Carrillo says she’s grown more convinced that the dog that showed up on her doorstep is, in fact, her Prince. In this real life “Incredible Journey,” it is plausible a dog missing five years can be reunited with his owner. After all, a cat lost during Katrina found its way home late last year.


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Lift a (coffee) cup in celebration of National Coffee Break Day

You probably know the feeling. It’s the middle of the afternoon, you’ve been dragging since lunchtime, and you need a quick pick-me-up to make it through the rest of the day.

Sounds like it’s time for a coffee break — and what better day to take one than on Thursday, National Coffee Break Day, a special observation of the 100th anniversary of the National Coffee Association, a trade association and lobbying organization that promotes coffee consumption. To mark National Coffee Break Day, the association has put together a website filled with coffee facts, historical print and television advertising, and coffee’s big moments in pop culture.

Here are some tidbits to think about while sipping that mid-afternoon cup:

It’s an American thing: While people have enjoyed coffee around the world for centuries, the concept of the coffee break is distinctly American. It traces back to the 1880s, when a group of working women in Wisconsin would briefly go home in the morning and the afternoon and grab a cup of leftover coffee from the pot on the stove, then head back to work.

It really will perk you up: According to Robert Nelson, president of the association, the coffee break is an important part of the average workday. “It’s important to take a break,” he says. “And there’s nothing better than to take a break around a cup of coffee. In fact, science shows that coffee makes one more alert and productive.”

It can make you a “Coffee Achiever”:
Back in the 1980s, American coffee consumption was lagging. So the coffee association ran a series of ads on channels like MTV designed to create a “new coffee generation.” The spots featured rockers like David Bowie and Heart, along with, oddly, actress Cicely Tyson and Olympic gymnast Kurt Thomas. Whether this paved the way for the coffee boom of the late ’80s and ’90s is unclear. So what’s a coffee achiever today? “One who enjoys a cup of coffee and uses that coffee to interact with family, neighbors, friends and workplace peers would qualify as a real achiever,” Nelson says.

The coffee world is changing: According to Nelson, the recent introduction of single-serve coffee products like Starbucks’ VIA instant coffee is just the beginning. Look for more brewing systems designed for one-cup coffee-making in the near future. Why single cups? They’re ideal for people who want premium coffee without having to brew an entire pot — like during a coffee break.

— Grant Butler

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