Ahhh I'm backed up with posts!
First off, thanks to Moose's mom Dana for emailing us last night and alerting us to the recall of Merrick products for Salmonella risk! Darwin LOVES her Merrick Lamb treats, and while it's their beef that has been recalled, Moose did get sick after eating a good amount of lamb fillets and the timing of it is worrying.
Second, the Thundershirt.
As mentioned in the part 2 of the weekend review the Tundershirt seemed to work instantly at calming Darwin down at the houseboat. She barked less than the last time we were there and was quicker to settle down. That morning we took her to Marymoor for a long play session so she was pretty pooped for the remainder of the day. We were going back to the houseboat to bbq and watch the fireworks so we dragged Darwin off the couch (literally had to drag her off, she was so tired from the park) to get her shirt on. She quickly settled back onto the couch and we turned on the tv to a channel that was playing Grease on a loop. There were already some small fireworks going off by then and she seemed completely unphased by it.
We headed over to our friends place and had a great time. Their houseboat had a perfect view of the fireworks over Lake Union. I was nervous about Darwin and we tried to call our neighbors to check on her, but they didn't answer (after I thought about it, duh, they were probably enjoying the fireworks from our roof deck).
After the festivities we headed home. When I opened the door, Darwin peeled herself off the couch to greet us. Seemed like she didn't move an inch since we left. I don't know if she barked at the fireworks, but she definitely wasn't stressed when we got home. I can't say it was just the Thundershirt that did it, because a couple hours at the park probably helped, but I will say it did seem to help the first day when we were at the house boat.
I had ordered Darwin an XXL, based off her measurements and their website, but it was a little big (it barely fit the deepest part of her chest and was too loose along her ribs) so I contacted them on the 5th and we are exchanging it for a smaller size. I'll keep using it, and let you all know how it goes!
**more pictures of the fireworks can be seen on my Flickr page.