The day started out differently that most! Bark! It was storms – heavy rains, thunder, lightning, and winds. I stayed in my crate until my human came downstairs then I curled up under his feet for awhile. I listened, I watched. More thunder, more lightning, more rain and more winds. While storms don’t scare me, it’s that they are loud and obnoxious and seem to come from every direction. Later in the day, the sun came out and it got quiet! Very quiet – too quiet.
All of a sudden, it began to rain sideways…. Arf??? The heavy grill began moving across the deck. WOOF!! BARK!! This didn’t look good. Then the EBS gave a Weather Alert for a Tornado Warning! BARK! Dad hears it and gives the commands, “NOAH! COME! GO! NOW!” We headed to the basement. As we do, Dad grabs his phone, Mom grabs some dog treats and we go! My humans have prepared a small area for us to go during Tornado Warnings or other bad storms.
Fortunately, we weathered the storms very well. No tornado touched down and we were safe.
Barkingly, it got me to thinking. Are you prepared? Most humans think about their family but what about your dog or cat? Not just for tornadoes, but with hurricane season coming, how about that too? Not living by the beach, many will think it’s not necessary to prepare for one but we’ve had our share of storms over the years. Preparing for an emergency to include your pets will be useful in many ways, not just in storms.
A few suggestions include an updated ID Collar and Microchipping; your pet is pawfully important so if you two are separated, this makes uniting easier. Post “pet rescue stickers” on the door to your home so first responders will know what to search for. These stickers can be found at local pet shops. You should also keep a photo of your pet on your phone and in your wallet for easier identification should you become separated; learn your pet’s favorite hiding places so looking them in a hurry will be easier; locate and familiarize yourself with the closest local shelter where you and your pet can go together. Keep in mind that a shelter might need to be a friend or family’s home, so make sure they are fine with it ahead of time or locate pet-friendly hotels not too far away; prepare a portable emergency kit which should include first aid supplies and guide book, a 3-day supply of pet food in a waterproof container, bottled water, a safety harness and leash, waste clean-up supplies, medications and medical records, a contact list of veterinarians and pet care organizations, toys, pillows, blankets, and information on feeding routine and any behavior issues. Having all these items prepared ahead will make the emergency less stressful.
Several years ago, when an usual weather-related event called a “derecho” went through the Washington D.C. area, our house lost power which meant the air conditioning was out on a hot, humid summer day! Dad quickly grabbed my emergency kit and crate and took us to Grandpa’s! He spent no time rushing around looking for stuff! WOOF!!
Meet Biscuit from Lab Rescue, a 5-year-old Chocolate Labrador Retriever! She’s looking for a forever home in a single-family home in a rural or suburban setting as she’s not used to city noises!
Biscuit thinks being with her human is the most pawsome thing ever and pawsitively loves the attention and petting she can get! She is an easy-going girl who enjoys hanging out with her humans and following them around the house. She hasn’t shown much interest in toys, but likes exploring! She likes to play in water and going for walks!
Biscuit is house- and crate-trained. She prefers to be your one and only dog. She has no history with cats and is recommended for mini-humans age 10 and older.
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