The Daily Digital Photo
Chronicling the life of Clayton and Spenser, with memories of Scooter

June 19, 2007

You don't have to endure more than a couple of lectures in junior high school to know that sample size is an important component of the scientific method. If you conduct an experiment ten times, your results are more meaningful than if you conduct it only once. A hundred times is better than ten times. You get the drift.

After dinner the other night while I was sitting at my computer at the dining room table, I watched the sky darken in advance of a thunderstorm. Time to try out Rescue Remedy! I quickly Googled on "Rescue Remedy dog dosage" and decided to give Spenser 4 drops in a small bowl of milk (which he loves) followed by 4 more after 15-20 minutes. He lapped up the milk and settled back on the couch with his head on the arm, looking outside. The storm began about 10 minutes later and although it was not as stupendous as the one last week it did feature a lot of thunder. Spenser was unimpressed! It was amazing! I gave him another dose and he remained calm for the duration of the storm.

Now of course a sample size of one is just that: a sample size of one. Who knows, maybe Spenser was tired out, or maybe the thunder wasn't loud enough to bother him. When I told Phillip the results of Spenser's first experiment he was quite skeptical, pointing out that sometimes thunder DIDN'T bother Spenser and reminding me of the importance of sample size. But let me tell you, unless there's a study written up in the New England Journal of Medicine, Phillip won't believe it. (Okay, I exaggerate, Phillip doesn't actually read NEJM, but you see my point.) And for what it's worth, I don't remember Spenser NOT bothered by thunder, and last weekend when Phillip was doing some hammering in the living room, Spenser disappeared out the doggy door before you could say, "Honey, hand me a nail."

There's a chance of thundershowers tonight. I'll keep you posted.