Nervous dog

What can we do to get our dog to relax during a storm? Our nervous dog is a Shih Tzu that is ten years old. We have had him for over two years now. He just goes crazy during the slightest rain storm. He runs throughout the house. He pees and sometimes poops when he really doesn’t know what to do. He often begs to be left outside, even though it is raining; but, when he is taken out, he will often try to run away down the street. One night he got away from my wife, and ran across a four-lane highway and headed down another highway. A friendly driver picked him up and brought him back to us at a near-by gas station.

Normally he is not a lap dog, but he relaxes in front of the TV, or on “his” chair, or on my wife’s upholstered footstool. We have tried to give him some medicine to calm his anxiety, but it doesn’t seem to work. In order to keep him from jumping up and down from our bed, we often have to put him in a wire pen. That keeps him in one spot, but he still doesn’t often relax there, and the next morning I sometimes have to clean out his pen.

Our friend, the nervous dog

He is a smart dog. He is a good companion and a special “friend” for my wife. He is teaching us a lot about devotion. He understands a lot of what we say, but we can’t get him to relax in a storm.

Can you help us with our nervous dog’s problem?

Any suggestions that anyone has that might enable us to turn a nervous pet into a good calm companion during a storm will be appreciated.

Christmas purchases

Nowadays, everyone seems to be in a rush to get their Christmas purchases done. The holiday push to get people to shop and to buy the numerous gifts that they have for people on their lists is on. It used to be that this drive didn’t start until after Thanksgiving, but that isn’t the case any longer. With the current economic situation that confronts everyone, it is a challenge to know what is a good response to this pressure and these appeals. It is good to demonstrate one’s love to others, but it may not be good to spend money you don’t have for things that individuals really don’t need.

Christmas Purchases: In conflict with our economic downturn

The holiday drive to get people to buy more and more goods presents many individuals with strong personal challenges to sort out their evaluations of what is good and what is really of value in our society. Such discernment is not easy, and the challenge of it may not become evident until one has to figure out how to pay off the big credit card debts. What is a reasonable standard for good purchases this Christmas season? What’s your opinion about the craze of Christmas purchases? Let’s talk about this.

Violence against women

There seems to be some recognition among law enforcement professionals that there’s an increase in violence against women. The rise in the number of crimes ‘featuring’ violence against women and teen-aged girls confirms this.

Have you noticed lately how many TV programs feature such activity as a part of their stories? I understand that watching violent acts does not make a person violent, but I’m wondering about how much exposure to this kind of activity is not good, particularly for children and those in their teen years. What difference does it make in what a person sees or what one views on a regular basis? What is of good visual benefit? What do you think of this matter? Why is there violence against women in the first place? Let’s talk about this.

Sex and chocolate

Thinking about the phrase of sex and chocolate, I’m old enough to recognize that sex is not as good as it is sometimes claimed to be, but I’m not yet sure about chocolate.

Why are sex and chocolate said to be the best two pleasures in life?

What do you think about these matters and others that we commonly consume? What makes them good? Let’s talk about this.