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Making time for “Daisytime” – What are your favorite moments with your pets?


Daisy hates thunderstorms

Last night we had our first thunderstorm of the season. In March! I’m still shaking my head at the thought of a thunderstorm occurring so early in the year. Last year, we still had snow on the ground in May. Just crazy.

As soon as the thunder started, I put Daisy in her Thundershirt so she could be more comfortable. She is absolutely terrified of thunderstorms – she pants and paces and shakes like a leaf. Wearing her Thundershirt helps her to be less nervous. It’s also the only time that she prefers to cuddle (with the exception of her morning belly rubs). She spent the evening on the couch next to me as I rubbed her head and belly. I don’t like it when Daisy is so scared, but I do love the chance to cuddle with her. She is such a sweet and precious girl. She is my heart dog. I’m so glad that she finds my presence comforting when she is stressed.

Daisy in her Thundershirt


Cuddling with Daisy is one of my favorite things I get to do with her. Knowing how long it took for her to want to cuddle with makes these moments all the more precious. I call these moments with her – “Daisytime.” There is no “too busy” in Daisytime. There is no “not now” in Daisytime. When these moments come, you take them. Because you never know when you will get them again.

Do you have your own favorite moments with your own dogs or cats? If so, what are they?

  1. March 20, 2012 at 7:58 AM

    Daisy is such a special dog. I am so glad the two of you found each other. Even though she doesn’t look thrilled with the thunderstorms, it’s obvious close to you makes her feel safe.

    My dog isn’t a big cuddler – unless I am busy doing something else, like spending time on the computer. Then all she wants to do is cuddle! It kind of drives me nuts but after reading this I realize I should appreciate her attention-seeking efforts more. One day she may not be able to jump on me or knock my computer out of my lap.

    • Mel
      March 20, 2012 at 9:36 PM

      Good point Kristine. But, anyone who has watched your videos of training Shiva can tell that to her, “Shivatime” is when she is learning new things with you. Have you ever noticed how much she loves this time? She is a very lucky girl in more ways than one.

  2. Jan
    March 20, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    After a night sleep and morning evacuations, my dogs are on high speed. It’s either play with them or risk destruction of the house.

    • Mel
      March 20, 2012 at 9:35 PM

      Ha! A woman who knows what it is like to have a high-energy dog! Yes. Jasper is the same way Jan. I have to keep him busy a lot.

  3. Jen
    March 20, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Poor Daisy, I’m glad that the Thundershirt and cuddles help! I’m perpetually thankful that Elka doesn’t mind thunderstorms. Putting her head under the coffee table? No go. Thunderstorm? She wants to go outside and watch.

    Elkatime happens at different times. Sometimes it’s a cuddle on the couch. Sometimes it’s when we’ve gotten into bed, but I haven’t turned the lights off yet, and I cuddle her and massage her legs and feet and face and rub her belly. Sometimes it’s when I give in and play with her, finally, when I’ve been distracted and she brings me yet another toy and looks at me with her little smile.

    • Mel
      March 20, 2012 at 9:34 PM

      LOL! She watches? How cool a dog is she? I love that you massage her. She must absolutely love Elkatime!Jasper is the toy monster. I can completely relate to “the look”. 🙂

  4. March 20, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    We very rarely have thunderstorms where we live so my poochies just give a bark if they hear a rumble. I think those Thundershirts are wonderful for poochies who do get frightened. So glad that it is working for Daisy.

    When you wrote of the cuddle time and how you stop when it is the time she asks for I thought to myself what a wonderful furfamily that your Daisy has. Each time you give your warmth and love to her makes her feel that more cared and will want and look forward to those times too.

    Cuddle time with Stewie is extra special when we read in bed at night. He loves to lick my husband’s chin and then curl up between us while we read. Once we close our books he knows it is time for bed and I pick him up or he jumps off the bed and curls up in his crate with his blanket. Sweet….

    • Mel
      March 20, 2012 at 9:33 PM

      You are very kind Ellen. I adore Daisy, so stopping to cuddle with her whether she is stressed or not is always a very special time for me. Daisy took a long time to get here, so I treasure these moments so much. I love that Stewie knows when it’s bedtime. Isn’t it amazing how well our dogs know us?

  5. March 20, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    It must feel terrific to know you can bring some measure of comfort to Daisy at such a stressful time.

    I’m very lucky that Honey doesn’t mind thunderstorms and is willing to cuddle much of the time. I think of our special time as off-leash walks in the neighborhood. The nearest waterfall is in a deep gorge in which Honey can roam safely off leash without being able to go anywhere–the walls are too steep. I love giving her a chance to roam on her own. I wish I could do it more.

    • Mel
      March 20, 2012 at 9:31 PM

      It makes me feel better to know that it helps her in some way. I love that Honey loves to cuddle all of the time. Goldens are great cuddlers aren’t they? I love the off-leash walks too, especially when it’s someplace new. It’s so much fun to watch them explore isn’t it?

  6. March 20, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    I love this. You’re so smart to drop everything and cuddle with Daisy while you can. So often we wish we’d done things differently when it’s too late – you’ll never have to feel that way. Give Daisy a belly rub from me.

    • Mel
      March 20, 2012 at 9:29 PM

      Thanks Amy. I don’t know about smart, but I love doing it, so I drop everything when I can. She’s had several belly rubs in your name today. 🙂

  7. March 20, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Awww…..I love Daisytime:)

    Every night I have Newftime with Sherman and Leroy. Newftime is when everyone else goes to bed and its just me and them. Sometimes we play, sometimes we snuggle, and sometimes we share snacks. The Newfs always know when it is time and we meet in the family room. It’s one of my favorite times of the day:)

  8. March 20, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    When I wake up and she wakes up ready for attention or when we’re just watching tv. I treasure almost every moment with her.

    • Mel
      March 21, 2012 at 6:54 AM

      I totally get it Eta.

  9. March 21, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    Look at you, being such a good dog mom! My favorite time with Jersey is in the Winter, when she cuddles with me under the covers at bedtime. I haven’t discovered a favorite “Dextertime”, he hasn’t slowed down enough yet :0

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