Today I tried something new: Harps and Hugs. The evening storm came and Mio went frantic. There was unfocused pacing through the house, continuous panting like he’d run a mile, trembling, and his “bulbus glandis” was swollen to the size of two large almonds. I knew an episode of incontinence was only a few minutes away.
He refused to play and loud music only made him worse; these were the suggestions that my goddaughter Kourtnie gave me. So I tried something different. I put on soft harp music, just loud enough to blend with the storm, and I scooped him up and hugged his entire torso, gently rubbing his belly with one hand. When that wasn’t enough I hugged him close to my body and rested my head on his.
The trembling stopped.
Soon, I brushed his down-below region carefully – the swelling was gone, and that swelling is always a precursor to his urinary incontinence. Only the panting was left.
When the storm eased up to gentle rain, that went away and I had putty, not a dog, in my arms.
Now there’s soft rain and soft harps; and Mio is laying at my feet. The panting is very slow; there is no trembling, and I’m assuming the swelling is still gone. There is no urine on the floor or rug or furniture to clean up.
Better yet – I feel incredibly calm. Harps and Hugs were good for both of us.
But what will happen when I’m away at work all night and he’s in the cage? I might have to ask the vet for a gentle sedative to get both of us through the summer storm season.