Hi, everyone! It has never been my intention to write from my point-of-view on Noodle’s blog but since this is his “diary” of his “adventures” I feel like tonight needs to be documented.

Noodle is in the middle of one of the worst anxiety attacks he has EVER had. Typically unafraid of fireworks or anything else for that matter (other than the car), he is scared out of his mind by them tonight. We thought he was just being silly when he was being a Daddy’s boy after the 2nd one went off:

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Now, an hour later and 1 mg of Xanax in, I am hoping he will fall asleep soon. I started out with 1/2 mg Xanax and just as he was starting to doze off, a firework went off and he lost it. He’s been panting non-stop, shaking on and off, and alternating between hot and cold. As someone who personally suffers from severe anxiety/panic disorder, I feel for this poor boy. I know exactly how he feels and it makes me so sad that there is nothing I can do to make him feel better right now. Normally just holding him is enough when he’s having a moment (usually caused by Jamison). I’ve tried putting his jacket on – no help. Wrapped him in a blanket – no help. Opened the closet so he could hide (he’s never done this before but it’s as if he’s looking for somewhere to hide) – he didn’t want to go in. As I type this, he’s on my lap shaking uncontrollably.  I am praying and praying and praying that the Xanax will kick in.

Since Noodle and I often feed off of each other’s anxiety, I chose now to type as I was getting more and more upset watching him go through this. Although he’s doing terribly, I feel that it’s helping him somewhat now that my mind is occupied. He is fidgety but he has been on my lap a solid 10 minutes. I’ll take it!

Hopefully Noodle will be feeling better later tonight or tomorrow to tell you all about the last 2 days!

On behalf of Noodle, his Dad, and the rest of the family, we wish you all a happy and healthy New Year!

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I am the proud Mom of Noodle the Schnoodle.

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  1. wagsahoy says:

    Hang in there, Noodle! Change is always difficult, but 2015 will be pawsome! Hope you feel better soon and Happy New Year to you and yours! *wags* – Gilligan from wagsahoy.com

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  2. HesterLeyNel says:

    I can commiserate on behalf of all moms with canine and feline children. Sudden, loud noises scare them to death, due to their acute hearing and of course, they do not have the same understanding of fireworks being fun (?!) that humans do. We spent another sleepless night with Genis and his cat sister, trying to keep them calm during New Year’s celebrations. Despite our best best efforts campaigning against the use of fireworks in residential areas, we were assaulted by noise and lights the whole night. Many dogs in our neighborhood jumped the fences and were running around in the streets, bewildered and afraid. And yes, Genis also started having these panic attacks in his second year only. I’m sorry Noodle, but hang in there, this too will pass. I hope you and your family have a smashing 2015! Greetings also from Genis.

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    • It was so strange to see him freak out about something that doesn’t normally bother him. We live in an agricultural area where it isn’t uncommon to hear rifles, shot guns, and hand guns going off as many people have ranges in their backyards. He’s used to loud noises for that reason. Hope Genis is doing well! Noodle sends his love to all of you!

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  3. Cupcake says:

    Awwww. Hang in there, N. I shiver a lot when I’m scared. And also sometimes when Mom gets ready to go out somewhere without me. Scary things always go away, though, so she puts my sweater on and let’s me tough it out. Courage is a tough nut to crack. I hope you had a good night’s sleep, and that those naughty firecrackers are gone for good.

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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    • I only shake in the car. Sometimes if I’m a bit nervous, I feel better when Mom puts my shirt, sweater, or jacket on. Nothing helped last night. I finally calmed down out of pure exhaustion! Thank you for your kind words ❤

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  4. colinandray says:

    Hi Noodle – I hope you’re feeling better buddy. Tell your Mum and Dad to try and think about everything that was going on when you lost it! If fireworks haven’t bothered you before, then either you have had a bad experience recently or something else was going on. I am not bothered by much as long as I only have to deal with things one at a time however, if multiple things happen close together (the trainers at the Humane Society call it trigger stacking), then I can quite easily lose it. Was Khia any help to you? Woof! Ray.

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    • Hi Ray! The only thing that was different is that it wasn’t one of the little fireworks. The 1st one was one of the huge, high in the sky boomers, and it shook the entire house. Mom can’t think of anything else other than I may have been living on the streets on New Year’s Eve 2012. Unfortunately, not even Khia was able to calm me down. 1 mg of Xanax and a 2 hour wait is what did it. I hope your New Year’s Eve was much more relaxing and happy!

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      • colinandray says:

        Mine started off fine but after Dad had gone to bed, and Mum was doing stuff in the kitchen, there was a loud bang which scared me just a little. I went and stood right next to Mum just in case something was about to happen but she just calmly carried on with whatever she was doing so I figured it couldn’t be anything really bad. Just a thought though ……… I am on anxiety meds so perhaps that’s why I wasn’t overly concerned? 🙂

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      • Anxiety meds are good stuff!

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  5. Zoiee says:

    I hope Noodle is feeling better. It’s no fun to see your pet have a panic attack. Skye gets them all the time whenever she goes for a car ride and it breaks my heart everytime.
    Hang in there.

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  6. Aww poor Noodle! It’ll be okay. Sending warm puppy thoughts your way! 🙂

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