Happy Dogs on Thursday!  Have you seen our spring weather?  It’s gone, and I – Lady Gretchen Greer – miss it terribly. 

November 2010 003

Fire Prevention Week 2010?

Some of you know our Dadaw is a fire chief.   This is as close to doggy turnout gear as it gets.  Sissy uses hers for a warm-weather raincoat, and I’m just not fond of mine – do people really like this vinyl stuff?!

Oh – sorry.  I got distracted.  I’m supposed to be telling you about the email Mama got recently about pets and fires.  We can CAUSE fires, you know…  Chewed wires, knocked over candles, stove knobs turned by counter-cruisers (Sissy!!)…  In June, there’s actually a National Pet Fire Safety Day.  

We’re lucky that Mama is certified in pet CPR.   She also keeps emergency kits all over the place.  There’s one in the house, one in her car, one in our beach bag…   However, we do not use the pet stickers on our home.  For starters, we’re probably the most well-known doggies in the local fire/rescue community.  Secondly, those stickers don’t hold up under fire conditions for a host of reasons.   Plus, we’re a “you go, we go” pack. 

Dadaw’s fire company even has its own pet oxygen masks.  They’re cool like that, and for the record, they were in place before Dadaw became chief.   If ever you’re looking to make a donation in a pet’s honor, contact your local fire/rescue place and see if they have all the pet oxygen masks they need.

Are you prepared to care for your pet in a disaster?


11 Responses to “PSA”

  1. Sunshine in a Store « Chan Knits Says:

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  2. The OP Pack Says:

    You are doing a great job there, Gretchen and Sissy – great PSA. A lot of the local fire departments here are now equipped with those pet oxygen masks too.

    We have lost our Spring too, although Mom says we might have some spring showers today if it warms up a bit. Otherwise it is just annoying cold rain.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  3. Mary Says:

    Since Abby and Jake tend to be micro-mm away from their Dad who works at home, it wouldn’t take much to shoo them out the door in an emergency. When Jake gets scared (thunder, etc) he climbs on our heads…no missing all 70 lbs of him. We do have a sign on the door, but as you say, doesn’t necessarily hold up in a fire. Will look up tips on your link. Thanks, Girls.

  4. Nichole Says:

    Wonderful post – a GREAT PSA girls!

  5. StarSpry Says:

    Great post girls! Those pet oxygen masks are very cool! I hope your spring weather comes back soon 🙂

  6. Sue Says:

    Our Mom says it gives her a headache trying to plan for disasters. There’s fire and flood and tornado and earthquake. She does her best.

    We’re going to check and see if our new fire department has pet masks.
    Morgan, Tsar and the Porties

  7. scrabblequeen Says:

    Um, no Gretchen…mom says SHE doesn’t like vinyl either, so we’ve never had to feel it. Glad your local emergency people have air masks for you all…we’ll have to ask about here. And as for fire…mom says we should be able to scoot out the dog door if we need to, since it’s close to where we usuall hang out when no one is home.

    Woofs…Sasha and Misty

  8. Louise Says:

    You girls are great teachers. I had no idea. I’ll pass the info on to my grand pets, Cocoa and Twix. Labs need to know this stuff…

  9. gMarie Says:

    Well Gretchen – you look darling, but you face certainly makes your feelings known about the plastic wear. However, the coats are very cute.

    I do not have a sticker, although I have thought about it. As I continue to think about adding collars and leashes in all my vehicles all the time. Thank you for the gentle prod. g

  10. Cory, the Westie Boy Says:

    My Mom makes us have fire drills. If the smoke alarm goes off (usually when Daddy is cooking) we have to go outside. We have a doggie door so we can do it by ourselves. That way if something happens while the human pets aren’t home, we know what to do!!!

  11. Bubblesknits Says:

    I didn’t know there was such a thing as a pet oxygen mask, but I’m so happy that firefighters have them. I have to say, getting my family (pets included) out of a burning house is one of my biggest worries.

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