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This Year

New Year’s day is probably, admittedly, one of my favorite holidays. It is also one that causes me a lot of anxiety and frustration throughout the year and leading up to it (as I mentioned yesterday when I shared my word for the year).

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One thing I’ve learned from making goals or focal words each year is that a lot of the time, what my heart desires most is really out of my control. In the last five years, I wondered each year if that was the year I would bring home a healthy baby. While this last year brought a resounding yes to this question, I can’t help but recognize how many others are still waiting and wondering.

Maybe you are hoping this new year brings you the thing you most desire. Love. Career. Health. Family. Maybe your faith is faltering. Faith in yourself, in others, in God. You’re tired. Tired of carrying the weight of a broken heart. Tired of the missing piece remaining just outside of your grasp.

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I know how hard it is to hear “it will all work out” when you are in the middle of it. It feels like empty optimism at best, and someone trying to sweep your pain away at worst. I wish I could tell you that this will be the year it will all happen. Reveal the perfect plan to achieve your dreams. Show you all the unforeseen pitfalls and obstacles and how to overcome them. But I can’t.

But what I can tell you is that this is a new year. A year to grow. To learn. To experience. There is hope to be found in the day-to-day details, and I pray that you see it glimmer and shine into your life.

I know the waiting place. I know how isolating it can feel, how much fear is there. But you are not alone. You are not forgotten. You are seen and you are loved. And no matter what this year will bring, it will not take away how valuable and worthy you are.

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My Sweet Anxious Puppy

This is my dog, Loco.

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He is a sweet dog, but soon after we adopted him, we found out that he has storm anxiety.  It’s mostly the flashing light that freaks him out, but the loud noise doesn’t help either.  He would get up in the middle of the night, sit by us as we slept, shaking the entire bed until we woke up.  My husband would take him into the master closet and stay with him the rest of the night, away from the scary lightning.  Eventually, we had to incorporate a thunder shirt and our vet prescribed medication to help our sweet pup calm down.

New Year’s Eve is tomorrow night, a night when people will be setting off fireworks.  Dogs, especially like Loco, don’t really understand what fireworks are all about.  To them, it’s incredibly loud noise and flashing lights.  To them, the world must be ending.

As you know, I’m a big fan of the infographic, and I found this great one by thatpetplace.com that gives some great tips on how to take care of our pups during these kind of celebrations, especially if they have a tendency towards anxiety.

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One thing to add, if you do go out, be careful driving through neighborhoods.  Dogs that have freaked out and escaped from their homes may be roaming the neighborhood.

There are different schools of thought about what to do if you find a lost dog.  Some will say to call animal control and to not approach the dog who may be aggressive in its high anxiety state.  Animal control will have the skills and equipment to be able to get the dog home.  Others will say that if the dog approaches you, you should take it in and find the owners on your own.  If you are able to safely catch the lost dog, you can bring it to a 24 hour vet emergency clinic or a local shelter to check for a microchip.  Also, there are Facebook groups dedicated to lost pets, as well as checking your neighborhood group for posts about lost pets as well.

Tomorrow night, we are staying in and having some neighbors over.  Loco will be outfitted in his thunder shirt before the festivities begin, probably with a treat to distract him.  If all else fails, we have the meds to help calm him down, but we try to use those as a last resort.  Hopefully, this will help Loco have a great evening, and help all of us have a great start to the new year.

Have you had to deal with doggie anxiety in your pup?  What measures do you have to take with them?

Have you ever found a lost dog?  Were you able to connect them back to their family?  Any tips or tricks that worked for you?