Aly Raisman, an Olympic gold medalist and resident of Boston, asked for help finding her dog, Mylo, after he went missing on Saturday night.
Raisman posted on Twitter and Instagram that her puppy “was afraid of fireworks and ran away,” which took place as part of the Harborfest in the Seaport District.
The two-time Olympian urged her followers not to go out and actively look for Mylo. She posted again on Sunday afternoon, asking people to put up leaflets all over town. The dog is described as brown with blue eyes and weighs about 35 pounds.
“He’s scared, and the people at Missing Dogs Mass advised us that no one shouted his name or looked for him,” wrote Raisman. “I’ve been told that scared dogs make bad decisions when pressured, and that’s the last thing we want.”
Everyone who sees Mylo is asked to message Raisman directly on Instagram or Twitter.
According to the American Kennel Club, more pets are missing on July 4th and 5th than any other day of the year.
Animal experts suggest that pets have a safe place to rest, somewhere they’re comfortable, with background music or machines with white noise to drown out the sound of fireworks. A little lavender oil under the dog’s nose can also help reduce anxiety.
“If you know your dog is already anxious, speak to your veterinarian,” said Laura Burban of the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter in Connecticut. “Sometimes they have things with them that can help calm the dogs down.”
Experts also warn pet owners to watch out for signs of stress such as tremors, drooling, destructive behavior, and even self-harm.