Introduction (more pets)
Rev 12 Sept 05
If you leave with your pet, other
humans will respect that bond and try
to save both of you.
If you leave your pet behind, it will
be ignored because humans are
around the country tried to send in their own people
to save the pets (photo below).
The official rule during Week 2 was, "Ignore all animals and go for the
holdouts/survivors" (and corpses). I have seen many photos of
dogs on the porch, dogs on the roof, watching the rescuers go by.
I grieve to see broken bonds and betrayal, whether one mammal is
betraying and abandoning
another, or a government is betraying and abandoning its people.
(above) A dog hides under the bench of a military truck on 9
September, after the evacuees have filed off. Presumably it saw a
crowd and followed the legs into the vehicle.
(left) Foraging for food and water, Violet, LA 10 Sept. (right)
Done foraging in Chalmette, LA, Friday, 9 September.
(Colorado National Guard in background).
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(left) This dog has never seen Jane
Garrison before, and it has zero
skills with which to express its understanding of the situation.
Then again..... The Human Society of the United States had
volunteers in New Orleans on
Friday, 9 September, Day 12.
corpse-and-survivor-spotting dogs had to be
decontaminated after searching. Here, "Georgia Search and Rescue
Central K-9" is working Violet, Louisiana on 9 September.
(center) Debbie Goebels
and Ryca.. (right) Paula
Madison. Four rescue dogs have died from the toxic floodwaters as
September. First Deputy Mayor of Baltimore, Michael
Enright, leading a contingent of 150 first-responders, has
decided no to use his inflatable Zodiac boats for fear the floating
petrochemicals will destroy the rubber.
I have a friend with
a trained rescue dog. Sitting on the couch using only verbal
commands, she can get the dog to stop
dead in its tracks, go to the front door, sniff a new
arrival, and come to her side if asked. But this high level
of training cuts both ways. Whenever the dog comes
to your side, you must respond. If you are working an earthquake
site and the dog comes back to your side, you must follow it to
the cadaver. If you tell your canine companion you are not
(actions speak louder than words), you are not going to get another
reminder ... or many more search reports.
Pulling stranded animals out of New Orleans, 11 September (Day 14).
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Rev 13Aug2011 better links
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