Hello, I really love this forum, and I'm a daily lurker, but I've hardly ever posted anything. I'm having a bit of a problem and could really use some help...
A thunderstorm went through about 45 minutes ago and the power has been going on and off. Each time the power comes back on our smoke detector gives one loud beep (apparently that's normal, it always does this). This woke us up from the couch and she was alert but not freaked out or anything; the smoke alarm has gone off plenty of times over the years, so she's heard it before. Anyway, we went upstairs to bed and were getting settled in when it happened again. Except this time, the smoke detector is Right outside the bedroom door, so it was much louder and it made me jump pretty bad. Penny (my dog) proceeded to scurry around on the bed, refusing to settle. I tried to comfort her to get her to lay back down, which in retrospect I'm sure was like saying: "being scared is good", which is not what i was going for, so I stopped that pronto and we came downstairs. I've been doing my best to ignore her and otherwise carry on as normal, in the hopes that it would help her get over it, but she's been following me around ever since -- tail tucked and looking up at the ceiling as though she's never seen a ceiling before and it has just produced the devil's spawn.
Penny is approximately a 3.5 to 4 years old, 20 lb terrier mix, who we adopted from the shelter 2 years ago. This is not a normal response for her - if something startles her she'll usually bark (eg - when she hears fireworks she runs to the window and barks at them)
I'm hoping once she has a good sleep, and there's some daylight out, that she'll go back to her regular goofy self...but I'm not counting on that. Any advice on what I should or shouldn't do to help get her (and me) through this?