Guest post by Blog Manager Robbi Hess
The tragedies that recently hit Oklahoma rocked the lives of not only the families, but their beloved pets as well. If you do'nt have an emergency plan in place, and it doesn't matter what are of the country you live in -- you need to have one in place in the event of an emergency. When I read about the pets lost and the organizations that are involved in raising funds to help the misplaced pets, it makes me wonder how I'd take care of Henrietta in the event of an emergency. She is small enough to grab up and run but what happens after that? What about food, water, her medical records. If my area of the country was struck by a tornado or a flood, how would I do the simple things like hold onto her in the face of a torrent from Mother Nature? And regardless of her size, how would she react in an emergency? It could make it impossible to hold on to her or even to have our usual routine of her slipping happily into a purse when we're traveling.
There are countless tragic and heartbreaking as well as uplifting stories being told about pets being reunited with their families and that made me wonder -- Henrietta is an indoor dog (to the point of being a house cat!) how would she survive if we were separated? She is skittish around strangers, too bold around animals bigger than herself and has never had to fend for herself.