Caroline, my Kids’ Corner Contributing Editor, is on a well-deserved vacation for the month of July, so I’m filling in for her.
I’m going to stray a bit from a shelter pet posting, but not too far.
As a children’s author and an animal rescue advocate, I like to review books that educate children on pet care.
I found another great children’s book which adults will also find informative.
Oscar and Emmy Weather A Hurricane is a book written for children (and adults) to show the importance of preparing a plan for pet safety during natural disasters.
Natural disasters occur in many forms: hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes, floods, and mudslides, to name a few.
Oscar and Emmy Weather A Hurricane is written through the eyes of two adopted shelter kittens and teaches children, in a way they understand, how to keep pets safe during emergencies.
Everything one needs to know about supplies needed to build a Pet Disaster Kit is provided.
This would be a fun and useful family project to work on with your kids.
The book is a paperback picture book with 32 pages.
The author’s bio is on the back of the book along with her reason for writing the book.
Spoiler Alert: The author experienced 2017’s Hurricane Harvey.
The illustrations are great.
The cover shows two frightened kittens sitting in front of a window with trees and leaves blowing behind them.
The kittens have name tags on their collars.
A hurricane is approaching which excites the children of the house because school has been cancelled for the next day.
Their mom tells the family that they all must prepare for the storm.
Throughout the book, the family shows what happens before and during an actual hurricane.
I live in Florida, and I know you will find this book extremely valuable and informative no matter where you live.
It’s a great family read.
I learned a lot from it.
Title: Oscar and Emmy Weather A Hurricane
Author: Terri Sabol
Illustrator: Natalie Merheb
Publisher: Burning The Midnight Oil Publishing
Available at amazon.com and other fine booksellers.
P.S. We love our pets and cherish them as family members.
Dogs have become so domesticated they depend on humans for almost everything.
Separation from their families can be very disorienting.
No more familiar dog (or cat) beds, leashes, squeaky toys, food bowls, or belly rubs.
Microchip identification is a great way to ensure that you and your sweet pet are reunited if you are somehow separated.
Abandonment during a natural disaster is hard on both the pet and pet owner.
Many pets left behind become wards of shelters and may never see their familiar family again.
The best thing you can do for your pet is plan ahead so you’re ready to care for them during a disaster.
Bring your pet indoors as soon as local authorities say a storm is coming and have your Pet Emergency Kit ready.
Put the kit next to the “people” box.
You may not need them, but you won’t be scrambling to put one together at the last minute.
Crate Training: Some families have apprehensions about dog crates.
Crate training is beneficial.
Crate trained dogs are often able to stay in a shelter with their families.
It is best if the pets are trained in advance to appreciate the safety and comfort of their crate homes.
They are more apt to stay settled and not be disruptive.
Teaching your dog to love and be settled in their crate can be lifesaving.
Disaster preparedness is extremely important.
The No. 1 instruction for pet owners is to bring your pets with you when evacuating.
If you have a pet and the possibility exists that you need to go to a shelter, certain emergency shelters accept regular pets (non-service animals), so finding a pet-friendly shelter may be difficult.
Your local emergency management agency will have information about which emergency shelters allow pets.
Call the shelter before you go.
Some pet-friendly shelters may require advance notice.
Your local humane society or veterinary hospital may also have information about where you can take your pets during an evacuation.
Again, please plan ahead.
Instead of a shelter, you can also try a pet-friendly hotel or motel.
Have a list of pet-friendly lodgings handy in case you need to evacuate quickly.
When my mother was living in Florida, she lived on a barrier island and had to evacuate whenever Tampa was in the hurricane cone of uncertainty.
She would evacuate with her two Dobermans to a pet-friendly hotel.
Each year she paid for the room in advance, and each year during hurricane season, the hotel called her and confirmed a tentative reservation.
Her dogs were crate trained, and it was just another day to the dogs.
Search for pet-friendly accommodations at:
• PetsWelcome.com (United States)
As always, check with your veterinarian, and local disaster officials, who will give you the best information on your care and your pet’s care during natural, and unnatural, disasters.
Keep in mind, unnatural disasters can include dam failures, industrial explosions, oil spills, etc.
Disaster kits are not just for seasonal catastrophes.
Finally, research details for specific species other than dogs and cats.
These include horses, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
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