The Forecast is Storms….The Pet Forecast is Fear


Why Is My Dog Scared of Thunderstorms and What Can I Do About It?

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Dr. Lauren Brickman writes a pet health and care column for

Q: Why is my dog so afraid of thunder and how can I make him less scared?

A: Many dogs are afraid of thunder simply because they do not understand what it is. Dogs hear this loud noise and perceive it as something threatening.

Why Is My Dog Scared of Thunderstorms and What Can I Do About It?

Some dogs try to go under tables, in bathtubs, or in any other places that make them feel secure. It is ok to allow them to do this.

It is important, however, not to try to soothe your pet too much. Doing so can actually encourage his fear if he senses any insecurity in your voice.

During a thunderstorm, try to provide a background noise for your dog, such as TV or radio. This may help to somewhat drown out the noise of the thunder. You can also try to get your dog’s mind off the storm by playing with him.

There are some dogs that require sedation when there is a storm. Consult your veterinarian so that they can prescribe something to calm your dog during a storm.

If you have questions about your pet’s health, you can submit them to Dr. Lauren at

Dog Still Missing After Sunday’s Automobile Accident West of Mt. Olive

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) – Authorities have located a missing 33-year-old woman whose vehicle became disabled in Wayne County Saturday.

Phillips in a photo from Wayne County officials. CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE
Phillips in a photo from
Wayne County officials.

Angel Denise Phillips was reported missing by her 15-year-old son early Saturday morning, according to Wayne County.

The boy reported his mother and he were involved in a “minor automobile accident” on Highway 55, west of Mount Olive.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol reported the vehicle was towed at approximately 8 a.m. Saturday, according to a press release from Tom Effler of Wayne County.

Phillips and her son, who are from Darlington, South Carolina, were last seen together at approximately 11 a.m. Saturday.

Just before 2 p.m. Monday, Wayne County authorities said Phillips was locatd in the woods of Highway 55.

Tom Effler said Phillips was suffering from exposure to the elements but no obvious injury.

She was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

The family’s dog, a brown and white bulldog wearing a red collar and possibly a red leash, is also missing.

A following statement was released from Wayne County…..



Missing Cat- REST AREA MM99 I-95

URGENT MESSAGE! SHARE IMMEDIATELY-JOHNSTON COUNTY– SELMA, NCFAMILY IS FROM MARYLAND– SADIE GOT AWAY FROM THE FAMILY AT MILE MARKER 99-I-95 REST AREASadie. She has a chip and she had a pink vest on when she got spooked out of car4107264984

Source: Missing Cat- REST AREA MM99 I-95