Work called, so I had to go in. Luckily that didn't last too long, so I decided to pop Bender and my Japanese bicycle into the Trailblazer and head on down to the Dismal Swamp Canal trail for a quick ride with Bender.
While we were two miles deep into the Dismal Swamp Canal trail, my phone's weather alert (as well as several concerned text messages from all of Bender's fans) let us know a storm was rolling in.
It was too late. Bender and I were trapped deep in the Dismal Swamp Canal trail, with hail, lightning, rain, and high winds roaring in.
It was terrifying. Two things Bender doesn't do well with: His owner under pressure, and Thunderstorms. I tried very hard to keep my cool, but that didn't help the situation. The incoming storm was so bad, Bender lost his senses. I've tried medications, negative reinforcement, and products similar to the Thundershirt, none have worked. Bender just doesn't do well with Thunderstorms. I managed to get my 81 lb. dog and my awkward vintage bike the 2.0 miles back to my Trailblazer. I tried to keep my cool, and used a lot of positive jargon to encourage Bender, but sercretly, I think a lot of what I was shouting sounded like a crazy person encouraging themself.
|A few minutes before the storm started, Bender senses the impending doom|
Bender hurt his front footpads. One of them is scratched up a little bit, and the other is torn. It's nothing too serious, but at the time, I drove the whole way home white-knuckled with a death grip on the steering wheel.
He's hurt one of his back foot pads in the past, when he was a puppy. Luckily, I followed the advice I found on The Daily Puppy: How to Care for a Dog's Torn Paw Pad. That advice came in handy this weekend as well.
Bender's all bandaged up, and has been a fantastic patient, according to Dr. Sock Monkey.
Bender takes some notes on how not to be scared when crazy weather hits!
Thanks for reading everyone, and I'll keep you posted on Bender's foot health!