Family-Disaster-Dog-Lessons

Monday, May 15, 2017

My Puppy Can Find Me

Coming soon and it's exciting !

My children's book 'My Puppy Can Find Me" using photos of my former Bloodhounds for the pictures in the books. I can't wait to see the dogs as cartoons, Bloodhounds can be such clouds.

Here's a sneak preview from the back of the book....

Dedicated to Carlos Parker OEM retired


My Puppy Can Find Me
"Does your child know what to do if they are lost? Do you know what to do if they are missing?

My Puppy Can Find Me picture book is your child’s first step on an exciting learning experience that will teach them what to do if they are lost or find themselves alone.

By reading this book with your children, the whole family will learn what to do if they are ever separated or missing and how the family dog can be of assistant during emergencies. Your children will learn valuable lessons by doing these fun exercises that reinforce and teach the pet dog and family to work together during crisis situations."

The book is shaped around three important lessons children who live with family dogs can learn, along with the dog and a parent that show them how to find each other and what the child should do if they ever find themselves lost or alone.

I have taught many children about search dogs. I spent 6 years with my daughter in 4-H, we took the search dogs to 4-H meetings, events and participated in parades. We also went to a couple of schools for demonstrations where I would ask which child wanted to take off a sock they were wearing and hide from a Bloodhound ? You should of seen the hands go up ! It was fun. They would hide and the Bloodhounds would find them. The children learned valuable lessons about what to do if they were ever lost or alone. This book is from those Bloodhound days of slobbers and shy dogs who are most brave.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

A New Pet Owner's Guide to Disaster Preparation For Your Dogs

A New Pet Owner's Guide to Disaster Preparation For Your Dogs

Bringing a new dog home requires reevaluating your current disaster plan. From house fires to widespread catastrophic events, you need to prepare for having to leave your home quickly to protect you and your pet’s safety. As your adorable new pup settles in, use these tips to prepare to keep them safe in any type of disaster.

Put Up an Emergency Alert Sticker
Window stickers are available that you can use to alert emergency response authorities to the presence of a pet in the house. These stickers provide enough space to list the number and types of animals that you have in your home along with a phone number for their veterinarian. In the case of an evacuation, make sure to write that you have all evacuated across the sticker so that no one tries to search your home for survivors.

Designate a Safe Shelter
Depending upon the emergency event, you may need to find somewhere separate for your pet to stay. As a general rule, conditions that force you to evacuate also mean that your pet is no longer safe in the home either. Designate a nearby friend or kennel as a safe shelter that you can use to lodge your dog if where you are going is not pet-friendly or safe.

Double Up on Identification
Scared dogs sometimes get loose during an emergency. For this reason, you will want to make absolutely sure that they can be easily identified. Microchipping is always the most effective type of identification since it cannot be removed. However, well-meaning people in your neighborhood can also use traditional dog tags to let you know that they have found your pet. Doubling up will ensure that you get your dog back as quickly as possible after it is found.

Pack an Emergency Kit
If you must flee your home, having an emergency kit located with your dog will allow you to quickly grab a leash and other pet care necessities. Fill your bag with the following items, and consider packing a smaller bag that you can stash in the car.
• A week’s worth of dog food
• A week’s worth of bottled water for each person and your dog
• Disposable bags for waste cleanup
• Paper towels
• An extra leash, collar and dog tags
• Feeding dish and water bowl
Grooming supplies
• Medications as needed
• Traveling crate
• Phone number for veterinarian and emergency hospital in different city
• Cage liners
• Toys, blankets and other comfort items

Plan for Sheltering in Place
Being ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice will give you confidence that you can keep your pet safe. However, you will also need to be ready to shelter in place during a severe storm. Choose a room that offers the most safety for you and your dog to wait out an emergency, and stock it with the same emergency supplies that you placed in your go bag. At the first sign of an emergency, place your leash on your dog, and lead them to their safe room for shelter.

Disaster preparation is an unfortunate necessity in life, but you will feel better knowing that you are ready for anything when it comes to keeping your new dog safe. By taking the time to prepare today, you can give your dog the best chances for surviving an emergency so that they can enjoy a healthier future.

This is a guest post from Hey Rover Be Right Over Mobile Grooming -Thanks Kyle !


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