Aly Raisman, an Olympic gold medalist and resident of Boston, says her missing dog may have been spotted in town.
Raisman first announced on Twitter and Instagram that her puppy Mylo “was afraid of fireworks and ran away” in the Seaport District on Saturday.
On Wednesday, Raisman said there had been four possible sightings of Mylo in South Boston.
Update on Mylo: Four possible sightings recently in Southie. (Not confirmed as no photos or videos)
Appreciate your kindness and support. I’ve seen so many people help me find Mylo and I can’t say how grateful I am for that.
– Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) July 7, 2021
Raisman said in a Tuesday tweet that she was offering a reward for Mylo’s return, but she didn’t provide an amount. The day before, she had asked people not to call the phone number she provided unless they saw the dog.
Mylo 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.