Friday, July 27, 2012

Thunder's Fury


Ah, weather. It can be gentle like some docile lamb. Such as breezy, warm, seventy-degree, Spring sunshine. Or, quite the opposite. It can also produce an untamed storm, bringing about gloomy, ebony skies.... Plus thunder and lightning!! I love our weather around here!! Because, seriously. Our weather is somewhat irrational, indecisive, and rebellious!! It can swiftly change from sunshine to pouring rain.... Within a few short hours!! Our weather makes Mother Nature look bi-polar, or something!! It is highly unpredictable!! Highly unpredictable.... Last week, around five AM, I was awoken abruptly by this hard impact against my wooden bed frame. A distinctive THUD, one that, in spite of any groggy mental weariness which I'd felt at the moment, I knew its culprit. Rose. A noise phobic Rose. Something frightened her. But what? A soft rainfall tapping against our window scares Rose!! Still groggy, I rolled over onto my back, and dangled an arm. My right hand reached contact with Rose. Tremors were powerfully working their way through her body. Poor baby.... What had terrified her? It did not require long for our weather to answer this query. In the sleeping darkened bedroom, my eyes witnessed this single illuminating flash of light. I gasped. Lightning!! I then pulled myself out of bed, still tired, and sat on the hard, carpeted floor next to Rose. Her colossal brown eyes grew even larger, as she awaited its following thunder. I listened, too. And, as though keeping some promise, thunder arrived!! KA-BOOM!! And, it was dangerously nearby us. Dangerously nearby us. It was above our house!! Lightning would flash against my closet door mirrors, its reflection on the windows. And, then, thunder rumbled!! Shaking our walls!! Literally. It felt as though we were in Roswell, New Mexico, where, if memory serves me right, I once watched these bolts of lightning, stretched out like veins within somebody's arm, actually touch Earth!! Which was awesome!! I love thunderstorms.... And feel weirdly mesmerized by lightning!! Weirdly mesmerized. However, last week, I never felt so unsafe, or so vulnerable during a thunder and lightning storm!! Never. It was eerie!! Thunder rolled above us as though some high-speed train were driving past our house!! My sister's collection of blue dishes, which hang securely on the walls, rattled. No exaggeration!! I sat beside Rose, stroking her velvet-soft fur, feeling the vibration of my little girl's trembling body, and waited our storm out. Patiently. Around 6:30 AM, our skies were silent. At last!! Confident that the thunderstorm was over, I stood up. Rose shot me a quizzical expression which basically said: Mama!! Where are you going? Mama!! No!! Don't leave me!! Then, as though she were crawling out of some safe shelter, Rose slowly followed my footsteps. I logged onto our computer and finished typing last week's Blog post. Sure that the storm was still raging, my poor mutt suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder-like symptoms all morning. But, she is resilient....     

20 comments:

Finn said...

Aw, Finn isn't a fan of weather like that either. Have I mentioned before - some dogs really like the thundershirt? Take a look into that. Hope you have sunny days ahead too!!

Nola said...

Poor Rose :( I'm glad Nola's not afraid of thunder. She's terrified of garbage trucks though
Nola's Mom

Molly The Wally said...

Glad the storm has passed as we don't like the booms booms either. Have a happy Saturday.
Best wishes Molly

Raelyn said...

Finn....
Thanks for commenting!!
The Thundershirt. Yeah, you have mentioned it!! But I had heard of the Thundershirt before!! And have seriously considered purchasing this wrap. However.... Rose is a stubborn little sweetheart, who does not enjoy hugs!! I don't know.... Isn't that what the Thundershirt does? So I am still thinking about it.... ;op

Raelyn said...

Nola's Mom....
Thank-you for the comment!!
Garbage trucks. Forgive me for finding this phobia sort of funny!! However, it does makes sense. Garbage trucks are noisy!! ;op

Raelyn said...

Molly....
Thank-you for the comment!!
Oh.... When thunder and lightning is concerned, as was expressed in this Blog post, I like "the booms booms". But, obviously, Rose does not!! ;op

scotsmad said...

We don't get thunderstorms very often. When we do, we bark at it and chase it away. It usually works.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

Bridget hates any kind of thunder or fireworks, she gets so scared. The other two aren't too bad fortunately. All you can really do is try and reassure them.
Lynne x

Raelyn said...

Daisy, Bella & Roxy....
Thank-you for the comment!!
Bark and chase thunderstorms away!! Now that is funny!! ;op

Raelyn said...

Lynne....
Thank-you for the comment!!
"All you can really do is try and reassure them.". That's right. And I do!! Because Noise Phobia is sort of like a mental illness which some dogs are born with. It's beyond their control. ;op

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I an sorry the thunders are so loud and scary. I hate music on the radio- to me its like a bad thunderstorm.
love
tweedles

Raelyn said...

Tweedles....
Thank-you for the comment!!
Thunder is actually not so loud around here, fortunately!! Last week's storm was just unusual!! ;)
You hate music on the radio? Wow. I have not heard of that Noise Phobia!! To each one her own, I suppose!! ;op

Stacey said...

oh gosh, poor Rose! Luckily neither of my girls are bothered about noise/storms but our weather is so mild they never happen anyway. Raelyn, you're such a good Doggy Mummy staying up with her till 6:30am to keep her safe :-)

Raelyn said...

Stacey....
Thank-you for the comment!!
And this was definitely a memorable storm!! ;)
Awww, thanks.... ;op

KSO said...

Yes, thunder can be quite terrifying, poor girl- she sure is resilient!

Raelyn said...

KSO....
Thank-you for the comment!!
Yes, thunder can be quite terrifying.... Especially the wall-shaking kind!! ;op

chicamom85 said...

Wow, that sounded like one heck of a storm. I am terrified of storms and I hide in the bath tub, where Mommy leaves me a blanket to snuggle with. I don't like being held when I get nervous, I have to scratch at things. You are very brave Rose, I hope the next time it gets easier.

Loveys Sasha

Raelyn said...

Sasha....
Thank-you for the comment!!
Honestly? Rose does not like being held when she is nervous any more than you do. But. If I allowed her to wander our house aimlessly, then I will be sorry. Why? In the great room carpet, there would be an accident. And I'd feel guilty for not being there.... ;op

Remington said...

Storms can be scary sometimes! Hide out and let them pass....

Raelyn said...

Remington....
Thank-you for the comment!!
"Storms can be scary sometimes! Hide out and let them pass....".
Good advice!! ;op