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Preparing for an Emergency with Your Furkids

Consider your furkids while you prepare for a major snow storm, or hurricane.

Prepare to be without power:

  1. If you depend on well water, fill tub and containers with water – pumps need power to work
  2. Put fresh batteries in radio.
  3. Put fresh batteries in flashlights – don’t use candles in case there is a natural gas leak.
  4. Charge mobile phone – laptops work with modems will not work, they need power
  5. Get cash – ATMs need power to work
  6. Fill vehicle gas tank – pumps need power to work

Establish a main contact person

Contact someone (relative, friend) who is not in the area that will be affected. That person would be your point of contact for all other relatives to call so you don’t have to call everyone to give them updates on your status.  Phone circuits may not work because the lines could be overloaded from people calling in and out.   The Red Cross also has a website  where you can share your status with family members

Have a plan for your furkid if you need to evacuate.

Do not leave your furkid at home planning to go back for him in a day or two. If your home is in an area that floods, authorities may not permit residents to go back for an undetermined amount of time because of safety risks (remember Hurricane Katrina?). Most shelters do not generally allow furkids to stay in human shelters.

  • If the shelter does permit furkids, make sure you have all your furkids supplies with you.
  • If you have friends/relatives in an area that will not be affected, ask if they can temporarily take your furkids.
  • Board your furkids at a kennel/rescue not in the affected area.


Many storm shelters do not allow pets because that space could be occupied by people. Make sure your human checks to see if the shelter will let you in! Here’s a story that explains why this is important


Posted by on October 28, 2012 in Health


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There are better things than a stick

When I was little pup, I really loved sticks. As a homeless pup, I played a lot with sticks. Mom read that sticks have splinters which can be a problem when I am running around with that stick. So now I get plush toys, balls, kongs, and treats. And I LOVE it, I’m a lucky dog!

I’m not picky, it doesn’t matter if the stick is bigger than me because I have a big personality.


Posted by on April 5, 2012 in Health


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About ten years ago, Peg, my shepherd mix, got ehrlichia which is transmitted by ticks. She had severe weight loss and became so weak we had to carry her around. The meds to treat her were so expensive that I sent the prescription to a friend who vacations in Mexico and he filled it there. Peg recovered, but I’m sure there are dogs and people who don’t make it. Protect your dog by using flea and tick repellent that is recommended by your veterinarian. There are some that burn pets so ask your vet and make sure you follow the directions.

Dogpaddling Through Life

Oh Dog! I have a guest that has some important information to share with you today about ticks and the diseases they carry.  Pippa says he was a streetdog in Spain before he found his people, and now spends his time between Gibraltar  and his Spanish finca.  He likes to chase cats, eat toast, lie on his sofa in his Gib kennel flat, and lie in the sun by the gate at his Spanish finca.  He has a pretty laid back life now after scavenging on the streets for some time years ago.

 How about it everybody, give it up for Pippa at Pippadogblog!

Rumpy:  Thanks so much for being my guest today and for talking to us about tick diseases.  So Pippa, tell me what happened to you.

Pippa:  Well, I was feeling pretty under the weather.  I didn’t do boundaround for my food, and I struggled to…

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Posted by on April 1, 2012 in Health


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