Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Boomies!

Ok, dawgs. So, we were gonna talk about the pet wash for all those dogs that emailed us and read our post and asked what it is... and then we were gonna remind everybody to vote in the "Guess Opie's Breed" contest before the DNA test results come back (which should be sometime this week!)

But, instead, we have to talk about the boomies. We don't like the boomies. Dogmom thinks if she gives the boomies a cute name like boomies, that we'll not freak out. Doesn't work. Dufus of a human, you'd think she woulda figured out that it doesn't work by now.

You know what boomies are, right? I don't know what else they're called, cuz dogmom always calls 'em boomies. We don't like 'em. But I said that already.

You know how sometimes, not every time, but sometimes, when it rains, the sky flashes really really bright and then there is a big noise? Not when it's the other way around and the sky is growling for a while and then there is the light. Those growlies don't bother us. We figure the sky's just having a bad day and is upset cuz of the rain.

But the other ones... the ones that Crack! Pop! Flash! BOOOM! ... those are the boomies that we don't like. We don't like them at all!

Opie has a reason. A few years ago when we first moved to Minnesota and when Jennifer was our bestest dogwalker and dogmom was traveling a lot for her job... See, one day when Jennifer was walking us, some kids (big kids, not little kids) were playing around with these things that make a boomies sound. Not a big boomies sound like last night, but big enough, you know?

Jennifer called them firecrackers. She was mad at the kids and tried to walk us really fast and stay away from them. But, you know what they did? Do ya, huh? Those bratty kids actually threw the boomies at Opie! Right at him. They went Boom! Crack! Pop! Crack! Boom! right under Opie's tummy. Yup! Scared the bejeebees (and a lot of other stuff) right out of him.

So, it's kind of understandable that Opie's a-scare-ed of sudden loud noises. Dogmom tries to help him and for some things, he's better. Like, he doesn't freak out if dogmom drops a pan any more. (Of course, there are rewards when she does that...) And, he doesn't freak out so much at the construction sounds for the highway behind our house.

But boomies are a whole 'nuther story. There's no talkin' to him. There's no consolin' him. There's no convincin' him. His new way of coping is to try to get into the bathroom and when he does, he hides in the tub. Behind the curtain. Just sits there and shakes and stares at the corner. He doesn't want anybody around him or touching him or talking to him.

It makes dogmom feel really bad. I can tell.

I don't freak out quite that bad on the first one, but if there is a second one, I'm under the bed faster than agility dogs can run through the weave poles. And I'm not coming out till the sun is shining, I tell ya!

When we come out from our hiding places, we'll talk about the pet wash and DNA test, K?
How do you dogs feel about boomies?

Wuf Ya!


10 comments:

Katherine and Pippa said...

I won't go out AT ALL if there are noises. And if master hasn't taken me out before anything nasty starts, I stay under my table. No moving me. I stay under my table forever until horrid noises (and rain) go away. Pipps. Rough, tough, and not frightened of very much really.

Butchy & Snickers said...

How awful those kids did that to you Opie. Mean brats! I Butchy am scared of Boomies & lots of lightning cracks too. Low thunder or rain doesn't bother me one bit. I was like this when Mama rescued me. She has gotten me way better than I used to be. She also has used the flower essences on me, & finally got me some pills from the vet too for really bad storms. It's called ALPRAZOLAM 1mg tablet. Maybe you could try that. Mama also found a CD with thunderstorms that she bought & plays to try and desensitize me from the sounds. We really feel for ya pals especially since we're heading into the storm & tornado season in our 2 states.
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers

Peanut said...

Boomies don't bother me at all but Flash doesn't like them any better then you do. He run to mom and tries to hide behind her or beside her.

Opie said...

Wow. I'm glad that other dogbloggers don't like boomies. There's strength in numbers (or something like that), right?

We're gonna go tell dogmom about the storm CD, that sounds like a great idea since we have our own music thing for when dogmom's not home. I think it would work when she's at home, too, don't you?

Wuf Ya!

e said...

helllooooo!!
Butchy and Snickers told us about you because we wrote about possibly wanting to take the DNA test for Fei.

Fei is a Singapore Special but maybe the test can tell us otherwise.

Storms don't affect us much. Fei is more concerned about the sound of food falling into her food bowl.
Fei

Gomey and Oper said...

Hi "E" and welcome to Dogs Aye View!
We should get Opie's results back any day now... we're biting our paws and trying to be patient...

Keep checking back... cuz as soon as we know... our dogblogging buds will know!

Myself said...

Just popping by to say "heelo" to the critters --- and a pat for the humans as well! Love your site!

Ike said...

That storm was really scarrrrry!
Ike

Anonymous said...

Oohh... Ike. We agree with you totally. Is it more scary for little dogs than for us "big" guys? Just wondering...

Cubby said...

Dakota is scared, too. She is also scared when mom drops a pan, when the TV turns off, when a truck drives by, and especially bubble wrap.