After much anticipation, Sandy is upon us... So far, Boston and surrounds does not appear to be suffering too terribly - the wind is spooky-strong, but it's barely even raining... yet. With the exception of sitting awkwardly close to me in the confines of our small bathroom while I brushed my teeth this morning (noted as unusual for him) Oscar hasn't seemed to notice what's going on outside. I'm thankful I don't have a storm-reactive dog, but many people do, and their pups are quite likely hating today's wildly dropping barometric pressure and swirling atmospheric disturbances. There are also evacuations happening in many cities and towns along the mid-Atlantic coast, and even portions of NYC... an unsettling activity for humans and their pets alike.
For all our friends in the path of this potentially devastating event, below are a few canine-centric storm tips we want to share:
1. BRING YOUR DOGS INSIDE: Even hardy breeds that may be able to handle wind and rain could be injured by falling/gust-swept debris, or let loose from yards by damaged fences...
2. Make sure your dog WEARS A COLLAR WITH CURRENT ID: Microchips are highly recommended these days, but in the middle of an environmental disaster, physical ID tags offer immediate information to rescue crews and can greatly increase the speed of reunions. *I'm in the habit of removing all of Oscar's collars when he's indoors, but I'll be keeping his tags on during this week, just in case...
3. Stock up before the storm for you AND your dog - make sure you have enough emergency food, supplies, water and any medications, for about a week; and if you don't already have one prepared - assemble a canine first aid kit - this is basic stuff that could come in terribly handy for any number of less than desirable situations...
4. If you're evacuating your home - TAKE YOUR DOG(S) WITH YOU: Tim Rickey of the ASPCA states, "If your home is not safe for you, it is not safe for your pet." You also can't be certain when you'll be able to return... When you take off, be sure to pack all those supplies listed above, along with food bowls, a can opener, and your pet's medical and vaccination records, if you have them. *And if you can't take your pet with you, MAKE ARRANGEMENTS to leave him/her with someone else in a safe haven... The ASPCA provides listings for animal-friendly accommodations, should you need a hotel or motel on the road.
A NOTE ON NYC EVACUATIONS
Many may not realize this (I didn't until today!) but all New York City shelters are pet friendly! This is not the case for shelter's across the country, so HUGE props to NYC!
From the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals - Under New York City Law:
• An evacuation center must accept any pet as long as he/she is accompanied by a human and either leashed or in a carrier.
• During times of evacuation, a cab driver may not turn down a fare who is bringing a pet along.
*To find a dog-friendly emergency shelter in your state, see petfriendlytravel.com for a state-by-state listing.
Alright folks - the rain has arrived - at an insane 45˚ angle out the window! To all our East Coast friends and their 4-legged family - hunker down and STAY SAFE! Break out the Scrabble and PB&J, and if the lights go out, consider it an excellent excuse for a little candle-lit snuggling time with your pup... You'll all be in our thoughts till this beast blows over...
xo, Natalya & Oscar