This isn’t really a Friday Fun, but it does have a happy ending. Three years ago Zak Anderegg found an starving, dehydrated puppy in the bottom of a slot canyon. It must have been then luckiest day in this poor dog’s life. Zak staged a rescue on his own and saved Riley-the-puppy’s life.
Zak has just put together a video from that rescue. It’s hard to imagine that the puppy in the video who was too weak to stand is the same dog you see today.
We had a huge thunderstorm last night here in our corner of the Pacific NW. Like Texas-size huge. Our cats deal with it better than our dog, Saffron. We gave her the valerian-based calming supplement we use (RelaxSaver), put her in her awesome Thundershirt, and draped her in a sheet. I’m always thankful when the weather is bad that Saffron is with us now and not still a feral dog left exposed outside to such scary things.
Sadly, this morning our neighborhood blog is full of notices of lost dogs & cats and one found dog because they ran off during the thunder. Unless they just let their animals roam, most people don’t expect to lose their pets. So, any lost-pet posters you see and any pets you see running loose who clearly have a family belong to someone who didn’t think their pet would get lost—meaning those pets belong to someone like you and me, someone who thought their pets were safe & protected. We can all probably do more to make sure our pets are safe.
Thunder actually factors into the decisions I make about our cats and our dog. (Of course, it isn’t the only thing that informs our decisions.)
Our pets are micro-chipped, and we keep the contact information up-to-date.
Our dog always has a collar with tags on when she’s outside.
We never leave our dog tied up anywhere. Ever. (This is a bad practice at any time, but even worse for a panicked dog since escape or strangulation are quite possible.)
Our cats are indoor cats.
We never walk our dog off-leash in an unfenced area.
Our dog isn’t left in our backyard when we’re not home.
Our yard is has a fence tall enough that our dog can’t get over it. You should realize, though, that a panicked dog can clear extremely tall fences, tear through a fence, squeeze through very small gaps, or quickly dig under a fence.
We keep our gates locked, so they can’t be opened by strangers.