My Dog Uses Essential Oils
by Jodi McKenna
My dog uses essential oils. She probably has the biggest issues in the family.
Because we do not enjoy paying the piper, we decided to have a sweet friend stay with Ruth at our house, to eliminate any emotional issues that might arise from being boarded. While it has been a long time since Ruth spent time at a kennel, it is NOT an event we are likely to repeat if it can be avoided.
Upon our return, we noticed that Ruth had developed an affinity for cardboard.
For example, I was going to be shipping some diffusers and Ruth ripped open several boxes. She left the diffusers in tact, but destroyed the packaging — leaving me left with no choice but to order new diffusers.
She found some cardboard in my clothes closet. We have kept extra tile in the BACK of the closet for 4 years — covered by a plastic container. However, she managed to open the heavy mirrored closet, rip the cardboard to pieces, and even move my dirty clothes into my husband’s closet (who had his sliding door shut, too).
Not only has she been enjoying cardboard, but she has developed a voracious appetite. Before we left, she would flick her food up in the air multiple times a day for hours before dining. She really wasn’t interested in her organic, paleo diet.
And probably what causes me emotional stress as it relates to her, is her sincere longing and desire to be with us at all times. She is able to mysteriously unlock her crate (which she had to begin using this week due to the cardboard fettish) when we leave the house. Ruth is able to sneak out the garage door and get into the van (albeit with some help from a certain little girl).
What Am I Doing to Help Her?
I haven’t yet felt compelled to take her to the vet. Mostly, because she doesn’t EAT the cardboard. Her coat is extremely beautiful. She doesn’t show signs of bloating, discomfort of physical pain. She isn’t aggressive or lethargic.
I believe we are dealing with an anxiety disorder.