Bea adopted her dog Maisey about a year ago. Before she came to live with her new mum, Maisey had never been inside a home before. As a result, Maisey was bundle of nerves from the get-go, but Bea thought that Maisey was simply getting used to her new surrounding.
It turns out that, like her mom, Maisey was having difficulty dealing with the stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Maisey was picking up on her mom's stress levels which in turn made her more stressed.
"I think she was more stressed because I was more stressed. She was really frazzled by everything!"
What was it about Maisey's behaviour that made you realise something was wrong?
"My bed is high enough that she can stick her head underneath it but not her whole body, so she would stick her head underneath the bed constantly whenever she felt stressed.
One thing that was really hard dealing with was that whenever we would go outside, she would feel really overwhelmed. For example, if we were out for a walk and then hear a sudden noise, she would start to pull on her collar and kind of choke herself. She would just be so stressed out by different environmental factors that she didn't want to go out anymore. There were a lot of nights when she wouldn't go to the bathroom for 18 hours because she was so stressed out."
Maisey didn't even like going for walks. "She had a total meltdown. It was the saddest thing I've ever seen. She started whimpering and she was just extremely nervous. She was so scared and it was so sad."
What made you look into CBD as a possible solution?
"I decided it was time to develop some sort of care plan. I figured I would go ahead and start looking through different options online. I spent a week reading blog posts and speaking to different people."
Bea didn't want to give Maisey anything that was going to knock her out and was looking for a less aggressive, all-natural approach to help lower Maisey's stress levels.
"I just wanted her to have a nice, enjoyable day-to-day life."
"We don't know how long COVID is going to last or when normal life is going to resume, so I decided to try the CBD treats. I thought maybe we should try something that was more like a daily supplement."
What made you decide to try Gizzls CBD?
"I googled 'Best CBD for dogs' and Gizzls came up and I thought, 'Well, that's a cute name' and it was highly rated too. I decided to look into it, and I just really liked what the reviews had to say. Since I don't really know a whole lot about pet CBD, I contacted them and they were so helpful and knowledgable that I felt very confident ordering their products. Their website was also easy to navigate and understand."
How could you tell the CBD was working?
"I first saw it when we went out for a walk. I gave the treats to her in the morning and I just noticed that she was carefree. Up until this point, she had really been by my side when we walked. But for the first time, she was off exploring trees and chasing squirrels. She even initiated play and it was the first time she had done that with another dog. I was just completely bamboozled by emotion because I had just never seen her so excited and so happy."
"It just makes me so emotional, because she brings me so much happiness, and the fact that she can finally relax and feel comfortable enough to just be a dog is so important to me."
Since Bea found CBD, Maisey's life has been completely transformed. Gizzls CBD products help her cope with her stress levels, and with all the anxiety and nervousness gone, she gets to live every dog's dream: chasing squirrels and loving her walkies!
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