A friend of mine refers to his dog as his "thunder buddy" because she freaks out when there's a loud storm or fireworks and ends up cowering in fear under furniture or in bed with him. That's if someone is there. If she's alone, she has a habit of tearing up whatever is lying around in a panic.

It's sad to see, because she's such a sweet dog. I think we all know at least one good pupper who just loses their mind when they hear thunder or fireworks, and with New Year's Eve approaching, it's only appropriate that we report this good news - someone's working on a way to help.

The folks at Ford Europe say they're developing a noise-cancelling kennel that can drastically reduce or in some cases even eliminate the offending noises.

Courtesy of Ford Europe

According to the company's blog, they're using technology that's already been prove to work in their Edge line of SUVs. Their prototype uses a built-in audio system that detects stress-inducing sounds and emits opposing frequencies to reduce or cancel out the noise.

“We wondered how the technologies we use in our cars could help people in other situations," Lyn West, brand content manager, Marketing Communications, Ford of Europe said. "Making sure dogs and their owners could enjoy a stress-free New Year’s Eve seemed like the perfect application for our Active Noise Control system, and we have a few more ideas in progress as to how our everyday lives might benefit from a little Ford know-how.”

I guess Ford stands for "For Our Rowdy Doggs", and I'm perfectly fine with that if they can get this invention working.

What do you think? Would you buy your thunder buddy one of these?