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I'm having trouble formulating my SHTF bug out plan because I can't figure out what to do with the 3 dogs. These dogs are like mini-humans to my wife & kids.

I have my own thoughts which are exactly opposite from my wife & kids.

I would be very interested in hearing your pet plans for bugging out.
 

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I'm having trouble formulating my SHTF bug out plan because I can't figure out what to do with the 3 dogs. These dogs are like mini-humans to my wife & kids.

I have my own thoughts which are exactly opposite from my wife & kids.

I would be very interested in hearing your pet plans for bugging out.
they come with me.
 

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I have a dog he comes with me no matter what. I'd also bring the cat. I would probably release the snakes.
 

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I'd have to bring my dog! He's an excellent alarm when people come near the house. I'm planning on getting one of the dog packs that straps on the back of the dog. Your supposed to be able to put up to 1/3 of the dogs weight in it and the dog will be fine. That way he can carry his own food and supplies and take some of the burden off of the rest of the family.:thumb:

Amazon.com: Mountainsmith Dog Pack: Sports & Outdoors
 

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If at all possible, your pets come with. If you can't bring them, then at least turn them loose -- don't be like those jerks during Katrina who chained their dogs to the porch.

Interestingly, there was an exhibit of items from Pompeii here in Houston last year.. some of it was casts of people they were able to make by pouring plaster into voids in the ash where the people used to be. People were frozen in place just as they were when they died, and you could tell it wasn't pretty. The whole exhibit was very grim -- TSHTF preserved for all eternity.

The most horrific, IMHO, was a cast of a poor dog that had been chained up to guard his master's house. It was all twisted around like it was in agony. They said it slowly suffocated to death while the ash deposits piled up around it.
 

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I'm having trouble formulating my SHTF bug out plan because I can't figure out what to do with the 3 dogs. These dogs are like mini-humans to my wife & kids.

I have my own thoughts which are exactly opposite from my wife & kids.

I would be very interested in hearing your pet plans for bugging out.
My Bella is part of my BO plan. I'm in the process of training her right now. Big John Lipscomb has a training video about how to train them to be self-sufficient in a SHTF situation, so that they hunt for their own food. I haven't gotten that far in the training, but I've been thinking about just that.

Here's my girl, and her mate Jackson that is now about 5 weeks old. We get him in a couple of weeks (pix is at about 3 wks).
 

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2 cats and 2 ferrets. The cats will come with us. The ferrets will be released. We will feed and care for the cats as long as we can. When we can not feed them anymore, we will either A) release them or B) kill them humanely depending on how bad the situation/world is.
 

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My opinion of animals might seem a little "hard" for some, but, IMO if an animal doesn't have a job, it's dead weight. My dog will be coming. She's an excellent guard dog, and looks mean (even though she's a *****-cat to us). She's a very smart German Shepherd, looks a bit like Sqeak's (nice looking dog, Squeak).

Even at home here, if we have any animals, they have to have a job--no freeloaders. Cats are for mousers, rabbits for eating, goats for milk and eating, and the dog gets to watch over my family. As soon as they cease to be useful in that regard, it's the 50 cent solution.

In a BO situation, I'll bring what animals I can for eating/ breeding (if possible), but above all, the dog comes for protection.
 

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I love my dogs as much as I do any family member, and they come with me if it's a temp or minor situation; but if it's bad...I will put them down out of love. *Edit*
 

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When I got my dogs I accepted responsibility for them. They're coming with me in the unlikely event we need to leave. Hell, they even have their own packs.

The plans a person makes for their dogs says a lot about their character. Do you want to be around someone who ditches their responsibilities as soon as things get tough? Think that person will stick by you when it really matters? Most likely the last you'll see of them will be their backsides as they run away yet again.
 

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After Katrina the two birds came out to the garage with us, where we have a window unit A/C that our generator was running. We all stayed cool out there and when I would get in from working Long & Stressful hours without any days off.
Those 2 birds sat on my shoulder making soft relaxing sounds and really helped deal with the stress of the situation.
They help me to relax after a regular work day, and they seem to get stressed, if I'm out of town for a few days.
The birds go with me, as we are Good friends that look out for each other.
I have food for them in my BOB too, and I think that some people don't realize how much they can reduce stress
 

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I'd have to bring my dog! He's an excellent alarm when people come near the house. I'm planning on getting one of the dog packs that straps on the back of the dog. Your supposed to be able to put up to 1/3 of the dogs weight in it and the dog will be fine. That way he can carry his own food and supplies and take some of the burden off of the rest of the family.:thumb:

Amazon.com: Mountainsmith Dog Pack: Sports & Outdoors
Remember that like humans dogs must be trained in ruck marching. You have to work up to the standard 1/3 body weight rule. No animal human or otherwise can be expected to strap on a pack at 1/3 body weight and move out. You'll just end up hurting yourself. Get a copy of FM 21-18. Its an awesome old school pub on foot marches. It gives you a training program to work up to the 1/3 weight.
 

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Currently I've got a little yappy dog. Useless in a bug out situation - but for a bug in she's the perfect security alarm. She usually perches herself by a window, so if anybody gets within sight of our house she barks her little head off, night or day. And when she's not by a window, the slightest "out of place" sound will either set her off barking, or cause her to go check at the windows for the source of the noise.

On top of that, she's a morale booster. If you leave the house, for even five minutes, and come back in, she wags her tail and runs in circles - then drops on to the floor for belly rubs.

So I'd keep her.
 

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My Bella is part of my BO plan. I'm in the process of training her right now. Big John Lipscomb has a training video about how to train them to be self-sufficient in a SHTF situation, so that they hunt for their own food. I haven't gotten that far in the training, but I've been thinking about just that.

Here's my girl, and her mate Jackson that is now about 5 weeks old. We get him in a couple of weeks (pix is at about 3 wks).
My guy comes with me too!
 

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Take your pets with you!

If you bug out and abandon your pet, you do not deserve to have a pet.

After Katrina, the amount of abandoned pets was inconceivable. Left in homes to starve, tied to porches to down or stave, left to roam and fend for themselves. It was truly horrible.

Below is a picture of my buddy Louie (RIP 7/08). I found him running the streets on Louisa street in New Orleans at the end of September 2005. One of the few "small" dogs that had not been eaten by bigger dogs. The first pic is on the day that I found him. He was nearly starved to death and stunk to high heaven after swimming around in the flood waters. The second pic was him in November 2006 just over a year after rescuing him.

He was the best dog ever owned and one of the best friends I ever had. He was smarter than half of the people I know. I hope that the animals who abandoned him suffered more than he did.

louie day 1.jpg

louie nov 06.jpg
 

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Depends on the pet, Id say. I have two cats. One was feral when she adopted me. She would likely make it because she is a bug eater and follows me like a dog whenever in unfamiliar surroundings. My other cat is a pampered brat who is totally unaware of the dangers of the wide world outside, and would likely be dead meat, in spite of my wishes/intentions.
 

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Remember that like humans dogs must be trained in ruck marching. You have to work up to the standard 1/3 body weight rule. No animal human or otherwise can be expected to strap on a pack at 1/3 body weight and move out. You'll just end up hurting yourself. Get a copy of FM 21-18. Its an awesome old school pub on foot marches. It gives you a training program to work up to the 1/3 weight.
Thanks for the brochure, looks like a good read!:thumb:

I was planning on breaking in myself and the dog at the same time. I wouldn't expect him to be able to just jump into that kind of weight. I know I couldn't!
 
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