Noise and rain

When it’s raining like this, I’m glad we live on a boat. At least we don’t have to worry about the water coming in over the front step or blocked drains.
For Maggie though, it’s a different matter.
She tolerates thunder but is far from happy, but in recent years, she’s become unsettled during heavy rain, no matter how short-lived, and it’s a concern how to reassure her.

maggie3Always a tactile dog, closeness is the key, but of course we have to draw the line somewhere as there is close and restrictive. Sometimes it can be impossible to move as she tries to occupy exactly the same space as us.

As the rain pummels down with a vengeance outside, the wind blowing it hard against us, she is quivering alongside me, gradually inching her way up along the bench to rest her head on my lap, upon which lies my keyboard.
I have moved slightly to give her more room, as she curls up in the smallest of spaces between me and the boat’s side.

Every so often, I reach out my left hand to stroke her head, softly talking to her as I smooth the silky fur and watch as her eyes close in a trembling body.
Resuming my writing, she visibly relaxes and a hind leg now lies parallel with her nose.
No longer in such a tight ball, her breathing becomes more regular, but I know she’s not asleep. She’s listening and waiting for the rain to ease or stop.

Her rump is touching my hip, and with the dolphin cushion supporting her shoulder, she has now turned into a pure bliss position and the shivering has subsided.

maggie blissAll is quiet now as the bulk of the rain has passed over us, and all that can be heard is the tick of the clock and the occasional gentle patter of a shower as it kisses our roof.
She sleeps.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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4 Responses to Noise and rain

  1. colinandray says:

    We have the same problem with Ray and fireworks. Whereas he generally takes the cue from us as to how to behave in odd circumstances, with fireworks he crawls into the gap between the back of the sofa and the wall! We have to work on that (put it on the list Colin)!

    • Maggie doesn’t like fireworks either, yet we had no problem with the eurofighters flying over our house all day! I think it’s the pitch and fireworks being so damn loud. We try to act as normal too, sometimes turning up the volume on the radio, or putting on a DVD (Battle Los Angeles seems to work!) You may find Ray will always seek out a refuge though. I feel so helpless though when she’s so unnerved.

  2. Laura says:

    It is interesting that some people find the rain to be a nice sound, the dogs must hear it differently.

    • My husband finds the sound of rain relaxing and falls asleep. I don’t mind it, and Maggie doesn’t mind light shower. It’s just the heavy stuff and I wonder if it’s because the sound is so much different on an aluminium roof compared to a tiled one. Once it eases off, she’s fine, bless her.

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