A lot of us deal with anxiety on a regular basis, and it’s a bitch. But did you know that animals suffer from anxiety, too?
I used to have a miniature pinscher with extreme anxiety, and nothing helped. Finally, our veterinarian prescribed him Prozac, which we filled at CVS just like any other prescription. (It even came complete with the warnings not to drink alcohol or operate heavy machinery, which really put a damper on Fletcher’s budding career as a fork lift operator.)
Leanne Lauricella of Goats of Anarchy, a rescue group for goats, found herself in a similar predicament with her newest rescue goat, Polly.
Polly is a baby rescue goat suffering from neurological problems, blindness, and anxiety. Polly’s anxiety caused her to chew the corners of walls when in extreme distress. Lauricella tried conventional treatments, like the ThunderShirt, which mimics the swaddling one does with infants to soothe them. Unfortunately, that wasn’t effective for Polly.
Then Lauricella bought Polly a duck costume and everything changed.
Lauricella was shopping one day when she spotted a child’s duck costume. She bought it, thinking it would look cute on her baby goats. She brought it home and put it on Polly and something miraculous happened: Polly calmed down instantly.
If you’re like me, you looked at the picture of Polly the baby goat in a duck costume and thought, “Okay, that’s cute, sure, but there is no way that goat wants to be in that damn costume.”
How wrong you are.
Now when Polly is having an anxiety attack, or when Lauricella needs to take her out of the house, she puts her in the duck costume. Polly is instantly relaxed and content, not to mention adorable. I wish I would have thought of such a thing when my sweet Fletcher was still alive.
Just out of curiosity, does anyone know where I can find an adult petite-sized duck costume? I’m, uh, asking for a friend.