I've always loved thunder storms--and growing up in southeast Georgia, I used to get to enjoy them frequently in the summers. I also love the way the sky looks after a storm.
Somehow, I picked a dog who is really scared of thunderstorms. I know many dogs are to some extent, but Barley is terrified of them. At the slightest hint of thunder, she goes into what I call her wolf mode (and what trainers would probably say is Barley going over her threshold). Her ears are plastered back, her normally peppy tail is down and straight, and she can't hear a word I'm saying; she pulls at the end of her leash (something she never does normally) and weaves from one said of the sidewalk/street to the other while trying to drag me home. She looks just like any horrifying wolf in cartoons and the only thing she can think about is finding a place to hide.
So, we normally don't walk when there's a chance of thunder because it's dangerous. When Barley's in wolf mode, I can't manage her reactivity because she is completely unresponsive. She's not even interested in treats. It's better for everyone if we just stay home.
But yesterday I had to return some books that were due to the school library. Since there are no classes in session this week, I knew campus would be pretty empty on a Monday evening. It had stormed earlier in the day, so I checked Weather.com and it said there was a 0% chance of rain between 5 and 7 p.m. Barley's never been to campus, so I loaded her up and took her for a quick stroll around campus to drop the books off in the book drop.
The skies were incredible and it wasn't raining yet, so we detoured to the State Park on the way home. I heard a few rumbles, but Barley seemed ok. Her ears perked a bit, but her tail stayed coiled and up. I didn't want to push things, so we didn't take a very long walk, but we got to enjoy some gorgeous skies over Lake Erie.
My girl and I will be spending the weekend apart as I reunite with some college friends, but we're looking forward to enjoying a little Southern Charm on our travels.