Lilly sleeps a bit better these days — often only waking us 1-2 times a night. Tom took over most night duty because there are fewer stumbles down the hall to help Lilly and because he is MUCH better at going back to sleep than I am. I lie awake and worry … a lot. There are several reasons things might have improved overnight, including the addition of the latest CD from our friends at Through a Dog’s Ear called Music to Comfort Your Elderly Canine.
As early adapters, we’ve long used the original series of CDs — Music to Calm Your Canine Companion, but this new CD adds frequency modulation to the music Lilly already knows and loves.
I don’t consider Lilly “elderly,” but goodness knows her nervous system is overwrought from this ongoing severe adverse vaccine reaction.
So, I moved our one and only stereo with a CD player into the dining room, next to Lilly’s nighttime crate. I play the CD on repeat all night long at very low volume, and it seems to be helping.
I forgot to turn it on one night last week, and Lilly woke Tom up 5-6 times. So, I got up with them at 4 am and turned the music on, and she slept until 7:30 am with no fussing.
We’ve adjusted the timing on Lilly’s food and water intake to try and prevent overnight accidents, so that might be helping as well.
Tom feeds Lilly dry cheerios at night to fill her tummy and help her sleep, so she may just be fussing for food or to see him, so that’s a whole other challenge.
For now, we assume any cry … is a cry for help from our girl. Both of us slept through a couple of her cries recently, and we awoke to soaked blankets in her crate. (sad face)
BUT, I figure adding some soothing music can only help. Every night, then, Lilly benefits from Lisa Spector’s talents and gift. Thank you!
So, if you have an older, sick, fussy dog, we recommend trying Music to Comfort Your Elderly Canine.
NOTE: That the frequency modulation requires a real stereo with real speakers. The modulation cannot be heard, for example, if you try to play the CD through your computer’s speakers.
Our friend Lisa Spector from Through a Dog’s Ear sent Lilly Music to Comfort Your Elderly Canine as a gift. She is the professional pianist who performs all the music in the Through a Dog’s Ear series. We were not paid for this review.
You can see these past reviews we’ve posted on the blog: