In the past four months or so, our oldest dog – Rigley – has developed a fear of thunderstorms. Not that she was ever fond of storms, mind you, but when we were in Texas – she just got used to them. Now they upset her greatly.
I suppose it has something to do with her age and the nature of storms in Florida. A thunderstorm in Orlando has *a lot* more lightning than a storm in Texas. Texas storms are fierce, with great gusts of wind, but not as much lightning. And… she's 14+ years old now, doesn't move around as well as she used to, and has more trouble hearing these days. I guess when the storms blow in, she sees the lightning and can feel the thunder. She gets pretty worked up – pacing around the house and shaking during the biggest boomers.
All we can do for her is just to hold her and talk to her, but so far there is nothing that really soothes her during the storms. 🙁