Hurricane Preparedness

wheres my jammies mickiIt’s time once again to put together your hurricane preparedness kits for you and your animals. I’ve included a few links that may help with locating a shelter that will accommodate you and your pets in Florida and what to put in your pets hurricane kits.

For those of you with thunder phobic pups (this is a new development in our home) make sure you have your Thunder Shirt, updated leashes and collars and Rescue Remedy. (if you know something that works better than Rescue Remedy please share)

We have a very recent development in our home. Micki, our little Safe Haven Rescue girl is a very sweet and VERY smart little girl but has always been a bit shy and fearful and still after 2 years jumps with any sudden movement or loud noise. If anyone remembers the little hail storm we had about a week ago or so in the Sarasota/Bradenton area, that’s the storm that sent her into a tail spin.

We don’t have a Thunder Shirt yet but for now I ask if she wants to put her jammies on (it’s really her sweater) and of course the answer is always Yes! And we are now using Rescue Remedy. Just few drops on both front paws seem to be very helpful.  You can usually find Rescue Remedy for Dogs in your local health food store. I know Whole Foods carries it.

Also, Oscar, our little Yorkie boy isn’t very patient with Micki when the storms begin and she becomes frantic, which is going to be a little worrisome due to the fact they kennel (crate) together in the same Ex-pen and have done so from day one. Another Ex-pen I’m thinking! Why I bring it up; it’s something for you to consider especially if you have bigger dogs, weather your home or away from home. That is a situation that can quickly get out of control.

I would also encourage you to update your collars and leashes. I did see a Thunder Leash that I thought was a very good thing. You most certainly do NOT want your pup to spook and get away from you in any circumstance especially in bad weather.

Be Prepared….Be Safe during this hurricane season. I have seen firsthand the sadness of displaced pets and their owners in the aftermath of a hurricane.

Just to recap: Thunder Shirt, Rescue Remedy, updated leashes and collars and a clear path to their favorite ‘safe’ place in the home (if you’re home is safe enough to stay in during a hurricane) and check out the other items that should be in your pets hurricane kit.

Florida Emergency Shelters that accommodate pets

What to put in your Pets Hurricane Kits (has information for other small animals, Birds, Reptiles, Hamsters)

Thunder Shirts 

Rescue Remedy for Dogs

Emergency Equine Evacuation Information

I live in Florida so the links reflect that but you can Google information for pet and large animal hurricane preparedness in your state.

A unique and fun place for pets & their people-Closing their doors

A very unique place, where you can take your pets,  your laptop, relax and enjoy the atmosphere. Reluctantly, Animals by Nature/Tree of Life Club will close their doors by end of September. Three years of building her dream, Marne, owner of ABN/Tree of Life Club, has been diagnosed with Breast Cancer and now must close her doors to brave the fight too many women in this country and around the world face each day.

Sadly, Breast Cancer has become an everyday word. We hear it on tv, the radio and each of knows at least one person in their lives that have been diagnosed with this life threatening disease or worse, lost their life to Breast Cancer. Please support your local chapter, walk, raise funds, raise awareness. Breast Cancer doesn’t just affect those now having to switch gears in mid stream to fight for their lives, it affects each and every one of us!

If you haven’t stopped by Animals by Nature/Tree of Life Club, I hope you’ll take the time in the next 6 weeks to do so. Marne still has plenty of fun things to do on her calendar of events. You and your fur-babies will love the shopping! It’s truly unique :e)

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at PawPrint Essentials

Just back from Pawprint Essentials official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for their new location. Cheryl (owner) and Mya (Cheryl’s tiny little companion with a great big heart) are terrific! I just bought the best little treats for my Scoob, who is now thirteen and needs soft treats. Needless to say he loves them, plus they are all natural which I love! I’m sure I’ll be back for more before the end of the week. :e)

Kodi Chit-Chats with Lori

Kodi of is such a happy and fun loving boy. He also says one of his brothers (a beautiful kitty) gets in him in to trouble all the time.  Kodi’s mom, Mary Lou, is the owner of, the place to go for all things Dog in Sarasota, FL. It’s a must add to your favorites for the latest news in our canine community.

Diamond Collars, Cadillac Beds & Crystal Bowls…..

 Just back from the Doggy Diva Show. Lots of fun and some great information. If you missed the show you can go to and click on Audio Archive, and then look for the Doggy Diva Show. Help support Safe Haven Animal Rescue of Florida by going to While you’re saving tons of money you’ll be also saving lives!!

Sarasota Pet Choice Awards

What a fun night! It was a terrific end to a difficult day. Thank you to all who voted for Animal Chit-Chat for Sarasota Pet Choice Awards Best Animal Communicator!! It is always an honor to  be asked to talk with someone’s most precious furry family member as well as the many unwanted animals in the community, there are so many!

In a perfect world no child or animal would go hungry or endure the pain of abuse or neglect. In the meantime, Thank you to all who care for, work for and give loving homes to those who cannot care for themselves!!  You make all the difference!