A few weeks before that was another tornado. I love extreme weather events while they are taking place and try to be out in them, or at least close to them, as much as possible. I don't love so much being without power afterward, but its a small price to pay.
I guess if I lived in a tent or a treehouse, I wouldn't love it so much. But a porch or a deck is perfect for safe storm viewing for me and the dogs.
The dogs definitely get worried with intense storms and thunder, as with any loud noises.
They don't seem to be terrified, but they do seek out a place to be that feels safe. On the Fourth, everyone huddled in the bathroom--the smallest, darkest, most confined place they could find.
The fireworks in Takoma Park seemed louder this year than in the past. It really felt like a war zone, and I could understand how it would be terrifying to a dog. I thought Pager was going to be irreversibly traumatized, but she bounced back soon enough.
Not sure if the anxiety wrap helped or not! I wanted to give her some melatonin, which supposedly has great effects with some noise-phobic dogs. But she was too stressed to eat a peanut butter-covered pill (happily, she has gotten to the point where under normal circumstances I can give her pills smothered in peanut butter) and I definitely didn't want to make her more stressed by shoving a pill down her throat.
Fortunately, by the next day she seemed back to her old self.
How did YOUR dogs cope with the fireworks?