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1. My own favorite Post: Click here
2. Best video footage: Click here
3. This blog has the BEST PICTURES so far of Katrina Animals. It is all pics and good ones Click here
Warning pics of dead animals.
4. School shooting story WITHOUT ANY GORY PICS -- and ton of other great pics Click here
5. And this is one of our groups blogs -- Click here
6. Most amazing photography: I mean must see: Click here
7. To reunite pets with owners: Click here
8. Watch a Pitbull video Click Here
9. Chat makes it home after being dognapped by Brew Beagle for 8 weeks http://booknote.blogspot.com/ (nov 23 blog entry)
10. Vermillion Parish Needs Help http://vermillionanimalaid.blogspot.com/
INSANITY! THAT COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED
THIS WAS STORY SENT TO ME THIS MORNING. Forward www.ericsdogblog.com to all our your local and state officials so they can see what Redcross and FEMA policies do to people with Pets. Be aware a disaster like this could be coming to any of our areas just as easily. What if 9/11 had been a "dirty bomb" and they had made 2 million people leave pets on the bridges as they walked out of NYC? Read on --
Eric, perhaps you could do a reasons to reunite post on your blog since so many COLD hearted people don't seem to see the need? Here is a piece you could lead with:
10/26/2005 - To David and Goldie, aka Tiny
Posted From Animal Ark Shelter - Minnesota
Posted by Mike F
This morning, I started my day by talking with Goldie's mom. It was one of the most difficult phone conversations I have had in my life. But, being on the phone was nothing compared to the horror she and her family are living.
Her son, David, had been Goldie's "dad". David loved Goldie, and two other dogs that lived with Goldie, whose real name turned out to be Tiny. Tiny is a Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix who came to live at my house in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Of the hundreds of animals we have rescued, his is also the first story that I know in it's entirety, thanks to the time spent talking to David's mom on the phone this morning. David, I am sure, would have told me the story, but he is no longer alive to tell his or Tiny's tale. I feel comfortable in "knowing" this, because after hearing his story, I feel bonded to him, and I feel like I know him. Our lives are connected through the life of a little dog that we both love. . .
David lived in St. Bernard Parish, a neighborhood in New Orleans that was hit very hard when the levy broke during the storm. He shared his home with his daughters and his three dogs. The dogs were spoiled and even slept in bed with him at night.
When the levy broke, he and the daughters were home. They survived by climbing the stairs in their home, going to the second floor, and ultimately, into the attic. As water engulfed the interior of their home, they raced to save each other and the dogs.
Trapped in the attic, their only route to safety was to dig a hole in the roof of the home from the inside. They lived on top of the house with the three dogs for days awaiting rescue.
Eventually, a small boat came by. With it came good news, a larger boat was coming to the levy wall to pick people up and take them to safety. So the family and the dogs boarded the boat and headed for the levy. They lived on the levy with several other people and some other pets for days with no food or shelter. They watched helplessly as some of the other humans and pets died in the heat. Eventually, a boat did come, but the news was not good. Tiny and the other pets were not allowed.
In desperation, David took a small row boat into St. Bernard Parish and found an apartment building where he could leave the dogs. The third floor apartment had nearly three feet of water in it. By piling furniture and mattresses in the living room, he created a dry island the dogs could survive on. He left them with food and water; then he and his daughters evacuated to safety.
Tiny and his canine friends were rescued 10 days later and taken to Tylertown, Mississippi. Tiny eventually found his way to my home in Minnesota.
But, life for David was not as happy. He and his family searched night and day to locate his lost pets. Struggling with the loss of his home and property, and unable to locate his beloved dogs, he hanged himself from an oak tree at his mother's house. His mom swears that had David been allowed to evacuate with his dogs, he would be alive today. Following his death, his mother continued the search for the missing dogs. With the help of Best Friends Animal Society, we were connected to Tiny and David's mom and the story is complete.
I thanked David's mom for sharing his story. I asked her to give Tiny a big hug and kiss for me. I hung up the phone. . . and I cried, not just for David and Tiny, but for all the families and all of the pets that were put through unnecessary hell due to crazy FEMA and Red Cross policies. Hurricane Katrina was a natural disaster - but the real devastation inflicted on these families came about because of human choices. If we are to call ourselves a civilized nation, we must swear to never do anything like this again.
IF YOU HAVE A FOSTER DOG OR IF YOU ARE A SHELTER THAT HAS NOT PUT PETS ON PETFINDER AND THINK THAT YOU ARE DOING THE WORLD A FAVOR, RESCUERS ON THE GROUND WILL TELL YOU A DIFFERENT STORY OF HOW THESE PEOPLE LOST THESE PETS. THEY ARE NOT ALL BAD PET OWNERS AS YOU LIKE TO THINK. NOT EVEN CLOSE. I MET HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WHO SLEPT ON ROOFTOPS AND IN LITTLE BOATS 5-8 MILES FROM DRY LAND. THEY DID THIS FOR 5-8 DAYS WITH NO FOOD AND WATER. THEN THEY WERE TOLD NOT THE BRING THEIR PETS. ITS PURE INSANITY FOR YOU TO STEAL THESE ANIMALS AND NOT DO THE WORK TO TRY TO RETURN THEM TO OWNERS. Eric
On a more positive note I just realized that many Katrina Dogs are just now seeing snow for the first time ever. What a ball they must be having. I think my dogs like winter more than any other season cause of the snow they get to play in. So I am looking for pictures of Katrina Dogs and Cats having fun in the snow. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org I will post after I get a bunch.
Here is my dog Quincy in the Snow.
He passed away over the summer but he loved the snow more than anything. He would put his shoulder on the ground and plow through the snow for 100 yards at a time. He was well versed in giving himself snow massages which results in perfect dog snow angel designs. Quincy lived at a ski resort and got to do things like follow me up the chairlift then chase me down the hill. You ever see a dog run as fast as they can down a steep hill? After a few hundred yards the back usually goes over the front end and they roll down the hill about a hundred more yards.
This is Quincy and Brooke when the heat went out at my house for a week last year. They would not move from those blankets for 12-14 hours at a time for fear that they could not get themselves all wrapped back up in them. It was cold.