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Originally posted by Asktheanimals
Thanks for remembering our furry companions kangareux4u.
I have been making family preparations but guess who doesn't have extra food and medications?
They will soon thanks to your reminder
Originally posted by Kangaruex4EweWho's priorities are not straight? Keeping a first aid kit, food, and water for your pet in case of an emergency or disaster in no way obligates you to DIE for your pet.
I am having a hard time understanding this idea coming from left field. I think most folks would eat whatever animal they could if they were starving, however in my OP it stated to stock their food as you stocked your own. So hopefully no one will have to eat a pet...
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Originally posted by Golf66
Every thread in which people discuss concern for animals with regard to preparation and or disaster preparedness or those with stories about animal survival after such an event (like recent Japan issues) stimulates a "What about the people?" response.
For some odd reason there are those who believe that posting about concern for animals and their welfare implies that you do not care about humans and put the needs of animals above those of man. I don't see the two as mutually exclusive but for some you need to put in the "I care about humans too" disclaimer even though the discussion is not about the issue of humans and their survival at all.
I think it makes people feel superior on some level to swoop in and claim that they care about people more than animals.
Anyway to drive on with the topic which is preparing for your pets to survive a disaster...not how little we care about people.
IMO as a dairyman regarding my four footed assistants I will be keeping them alive as long as possible because they make my job a lot easier moving the herd in and out of the milking shed twice a day - it would take me twice as long to accomplish this without them. If you have ever tried to get a 1500lb Holstein to do what you want you will know it’s a mix of asking, begging and demanding...
Dogs are (and have been for some thousands of years) a tool; and while my wife’s ankle biters might not be representative - they are all natural hunters in some measure.
My larger dogs are herders and are pretty good at that and they are great watch dogs and if need be they can flush game and such for me. They might just be content or something but they hardly ever kill anything on the farm - they killed a coyote once that got too close but didn't eat it. They are too slow for squirrels it seems or they are just not trying hard I don't know.
However, the little "rat dogs" as I call the two smaller ones I think if left to their own devices could sustain themselves on the mice they catch - I see them killing mice all day long every day. They eat most of them as well so even they have some utility.
I have a large stash of veterinary medicines on hand from sedatives to euthanasia to bandages and ointments. I buy dog food in bulk from the farm supply catalog so I have from 60-90 days of dry on hand at all times and if I have to kill off cattle such as in a total SHTF scenario (I can't hand milk 25 cows a day with two adults.) I think I will have plenty of leftovers to go around for a while anyway.
While it would break my heart to do so I would not let the animals suffer – any of them and I have responsibility for about 150 lives of various types on my farm. I would deal with them humanely but I would not waste their lives either – the cattle I would have to cull alone would feed many people for a long time.
Originally posted by LastStand
reply to post by Kangaruex4Ewe
I am just saying for the record...the pet is an emergency food! Plain and simple. This is how it has been since the beginning of time. The pet is a means to find food in an emergency. When the "pet" cannot earn it's keep it gets eaten. Simple rule of survival. This is a survival thread no?...Not an Emergency preparedness thread. You want emergency preparedness then maybe the FEMA site is more up your alley. Survival (which...lemme check...yup that's the title of this forum...) is brutal. Not humane, not nice, not civil...Get real.edit on 4/17/2011 by LastStand because: (no reason given)