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.

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.

Help ME!

Fotolia_1349647_XS[1] dog in carThis was heart wrenching for me to feel, to hear and to see as this particular dog showed me. It’s heart wrenching for me to write. It’s heart wrenching for you to read. It was horrifying for the dog.

Because of my ability to communicate with animals, I have seen first hand just how awful it is for a dog to die in a hot car. It happens so quickly, you can’t imagine. It’s horribly scary for them as they’re gasping for air, barking & crying for help but no-one is coming all the while jumping up and down to get out of the car.  The heart beats fiercely in the chest as the pounding sound in their little head becomes louder –MOM —–DAD ——What’s happening! Where are you!?  barking —  barking —- calling for help…….. until……….silence……

With out a doubt, it’s tragic for all involved but I think even more heart breaking is the fact that it’s never done intentionally or maliciously. We love our pets, they are just like our children and in some cases, they are our children so to harm or hurt them is un-imaginable.

We want to take our pets everywhere we go but as we’re running in and out of this store and that store we quickly loose track of time. It may feel like only a minute or two but in reality, it’s longer than just a couple minutes. Please, leave your pet at home if you have stops to make during your outing – they will lick you for it when you return home!

I wish you lots of happy and healthy fun with your pets this summer! Make it a safe one. To read more on the risk factors of heat exhaustion click here.


Volunteers are a vital part of any organization dependent upon public donations in order to achieve their mission. Volunteers are intelligent, passionate and giving individuals who take time out of their busy lives to work, for free, for the organization of their choosing. Thank goodness for volunteers!!

Several vendors in our animal welfare community decided to come together to honor our fabulous volunteers but we ask for your help once again to pull this off – if you know anyone who has made a difference in the lives of animals then please print off several nomination forms and start filling them out. There are so many fabulous volunteers in this community that I expect we will see truck loads of nomination forms rolling in any time now For the Love of Animals 2009 event. Not only will this be a night for volunteers, proceeds will  benefit several animal welfare organizations in our community. Please look for the June/July issue of Sarasota Pet for more information on this exciting event.