As a little girl, I always wanted a pony for Christmas. Santa never brought me a pony. So in my late 40s, I started taking horseback riding lessons. When I turned 50, I got my first horse, an Icelandic named Blessi (Veigar frá Búðardal). Little did I know how much fun life with an Icelandic was going to be. Blessi has a unique perspective on life. I hope you enjoy reading about it as much as I enjoy Blessi. And you will probably read about my cats from time to time.
Are you prepared to take care of your horse and pets during a national disaster? It is a new year and time to re-evaluate your planning. At a meeting of the Pleasure Walkers Club of Washington (Blessi is an honorary Tennessee Walker), a speaker from the Washington State Animal Response Team (WASART) explained what to do.
qEvaluate your horses.Develop a list of the order in which they should be evacuated (there may only
be so much room the rescue trailer).Post list in barn.
qEnsure all horses can be loaded by anybody into any
type of trailer.If horse will not load
easily, organizations like WASART will not move them.
qEstablish a phone tree listing of whom to call if there is
qSet up a place to evacuate.
qHave a photo of you and your horse together for
ID.Keep one copy with you and one in
the horse trailer.Include registration
number and medical requirements.
qCreate an emergency supply packet for the horses.
qHave stickers on windows listing the number of dogs, cats,
qMake sure medications are current.Have first aid supplies ready to go.
qTake toys for pets.
qEvery dog and cat should have individual
carriers.After Katrina, shelters for
humans must make provisions for pet shelters nearby.However, pets will be accommodated only if
they have individual carriers.
qSurvey horses and trailers available to rescue.
qKeep at least a half tank of gas in truck.If there is an earthquake, there will be no
electricity or gas deliveries for days.
qStash some cash.
qStock water and three to five days of human food--make
sure that it is food you like.
qMake plans for alternative routes for evacuation if
major roads are closed.