Thursday, June 23, 2011

Armagghedon and Chicken Little

With each rush of the wind and the almost continuous flashes of lightning, Nyxie clung quietly nearby. She doesn't exactly have storm anxiety, and we're careful to keep our energy at calm levels. I'd call what she exibits as "storm uncertainty". She keeps close tabs on us, trying to gauge whether she has cause for true concern.

Keeping Blue Bear safe from thunderboomers

We took our last of the evening walk with the girls at the storm's edge. The razor line between stagnant humidity and the sky spilling its weight. In what had to be 50 mile per hour winds, I held tightly to Arwen's leash and Matt to Nyxie's for that last potty break of the night. All I could think of were pee pads.  No bugs milling about, just a poor up-ended beetle, struggling to right itself.  I nudged it into the bushes.  We saw a bird fly quickly past, surely a Herculean effort in that wind!

As the second night of severe thunderstorms crashed overhead, we braced ourselves for yet another groggy morning.  Without further adieu, I bring you "Texas Weather".

**The video was taken by my phone, so please excuse the quality.  Amazing lightning at about 0:49 and close to the very end, but otherwise, the video is VERY dark! **

I promise to resume my story about our move from Maine to Texas in my next post.  There's just been too much to share lately!
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  1. yikes!thank goodness we don't get those storms
    ..hope its all over for good
    Benny & Lily

  2. Oh, those storms are just like here with lots of loud noises too. Of course, we all know how Phantom feels about them, but we never expected Ciara to be afraid of them. Like you, we tried to stay calm and ignore the storm. KB told me to give her lots of tasty treats when the loud noises and flashes came, we did and it really helped. She seems OK with most of the storms now. Mom says she understands because she doesn't like them either.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  3. Amazing lightning but scary too!

    Eva is never calm whenever the storm comes. I'm seriously thinking of getting her a thundershirt.

  4. Storms in the desert are intense and awesome! Here in New Mexico you can feel the power.

    It is amazing the level of trust our pups have. They read us and believe completely. If we say everything is OK and act like it is, they are generally calm but if we are not confident or are jumpy, they follow suit.

  5. Wow, that's impressive.

    I am not so keen on thunder. I like to go upstairs to the safety of the top of the stairs. It is much better up there. I'm not allowed there any other time. Only thunder and fireworks.

  6. Bailey was good when he was younger but he has developed severe anxiety as he has gotten older regarding thunder. Katy does better. We too are thinking about what the thunder shirt might do.

  7. Are you sure you aren't in Florida, the lightning capital of the world? :o)

  8. Wow - and you commented on my writing...?
    I think you're the one that ought to be published! (are you?)

    I LOVED this line, "We took our last of the evening walk with the girls at the storm's edge. The razor line between stagnant humidity and the sky spilling its weight."

  9. Wowserz!! That's some scary lightning!!

    Woofs & hugs,

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

  10. Wow, that lightning is crazy. Hope the weather has improved.


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