Come thunder or fireworks, Caroline Dorsett-Pate s rat terrier Kona dashes for the bed, first with a trembling leap to the top, then a quavering dive underneath.

Such reactions to loud noise are common among dogs and can include frenzied fence jumping, said Dorsett-Pate, director of the Galveston Island Humane Society. Each year during fireworks season, the shelter sees an increase in lost pets that have bolted in the midst of pyrotechnic terror.

Fireworks tend to be very frightening, said Dorsett-Pate. There s a lot of noise, sometimes lights and sounds with them that dogs don t get, so that frightens them, and they have a tendency to do whatever it takes to try and get away from it.

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