Your Dog needs You to be prepared.

Recent World Events brings to mind the peril facing domesticated pets in natural disasters.

A disaster does not need to be on the epic scale of the tsunami in Japan or Hurricane Katrina to put people and animals in dire distress.  We’ve all seen images of the dogs from Katrina and remember stories from other disasters. In the last year alone I can think of a huge number of disasters worldwide,  Floods, Hurricanes, Forest Fires, Ice-storms, Extreme heat, Extreme cold,  earthquakes, tornados whatever; having a plan and making provisions for yourself and your pet in an emergency is more than responsible it is essential.  Some things can’t be prepared for, but doing everything you can to protect yourself, your family and your pets will never be a wasted exercise. There is no better website to suggest than the Disaster Preparedness Guide from the Borzoi Club of America. No matter where you live there are tips, guides, info and suggestions that can be applied to any pet anywhere. Print out the kit list and get it put together you will be so glad you did.

Most of us hopefully won’t ever have to face a life and death emergency where evacuation is necessary. There are less serious events such as a bad storm or a tornado that can cause prolonged loss of electricity. Having food on hand that is portable and easy, requiring no refrigeration is essential for you and your animals. Whether or not your dogs are on a raw diet having an emergency supply of fresh good quality kibble on hand is a good idea. I would suggest esp. if kibble use is only occasional to buy grain free & a protein percentage of about 22-24% (it is a little difficult to find grain free that doesn’t have an extremely high protein percentage, I use a kibble that is wheat,corn & soy free but does have brown rice.) Use as a training treat or cookie treat to prevent it from going stale or bad. Kibble keeps well in the freezer and should be kept there if you are only feeding occasionally. The more variety your dog is accustomed to the easier it will be in difficult circumstances to take care of your dogs dietary needs. There are a number of good options including dehydrated food just needing water to be reconstituted and usually with a long shelf life with the added bonus of being light in weight.

Make a list, set up the  Dog’s Comprehensive First Aid Emergency Kit from an earlier post on this blog copied here and added to for your convenience. A couple of items which I think should be added  are an X-pen or soft crate with lightweight bedding and shade cloth.

  • Vet Contact information, record of dog’s immunizations (I always keep at least a copy in car’s glove box)
  • Surgical gloves non latex
  • Bandages, sterile gauze pads, gauze rolls, and hypo-allergenic adhesive tape for treating wounds.
  • Vet wrap Sticks to itself, won’t absorb water. Available in many colours. Take care not to wrap too tightly
  • Hydrogen peroxide, 3 percent USP (to induce vomiting)
  • Electrolytes eg. Pedialyte (powder or liquid) useful for humans and dogs to help prevent or treat dehydration
  • Roast baster, bulb syringe or large medicine syringe (to administer peroxide)
  • Saline eye solution does double duty, treat eyes & cleanse wounds
  • Artificial tears gel (to lubricate eyes after flushing)
  • Mild dish soap (for bathing an animal after skin contamination)
  • Hand sanitizer (can be used to clean wound in a pinch)
  • Lubricant (such as KY® Jelly) – helps hold fur away from wound
  • Tweezers (eg. to remove stingers)
  • Scissors (blunt ended if dressings need to be removed)
  • Styptic powder Styptic powder is an antiseptic clotting agent. When a dog or cats nails are trimmed they can easily be cut too close to the blood vessels.  Much like a styptic pencil which is made of alum, styptic powder stops bleeding by contracting the blood vessels. Most pet groomers and veterinarians keep styptic powder on hand. Styptic powder causes the vessels to contract further back into the claw and also clots the blood. Often sold as ‘Kwik Stop’
  • Muzzle to keep dog from biting during treatment
  • Soft Cold pack
  • Syringe liquid medicine dispenser
  • Nail clippers
  • Food- cans of your pet’s favourite  food, favourite treats
  • Charcoal capsules Activated Charcoal taken internally relieves gas and diarrhea. When given for internal poisoning, it adsorbs toxins and prevents them from entering the bloodstream
  • Pepto bismol Bismuth subsalicylate – use to treat mild vomiting and diarrhea in dogs If vomiting and/or diarrhea persists for 48 hours or more; Caution: if the dog has a fever, is listless. appears to have abdominal pain; or does not continue to be alert and active, contact your veterinarian. Dosage Pepto-Bismol reg liquid: Dogs: 0.5-1ml/pound every 6-8 hours Regular strength tablets (often preferred by dogs): 1/4 tablet/20 pounds every 6-8 hours. Treatment should only be needed for 1-2 days.
  • Analgesic (Deerhound safe) such as Rimadyl, Metacam, Tramadol (Ultram) Available from vet- use as directed
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Manuka honey has high sugar content and produces an antibacterial molecule called hydrogen peroxide, which can be used as a disinfectant. Manuka Honey in particular is especially effective in treating infected wounds and other skin conditions  (look for UMF levelof 16+)
  • Thermometer Digital much easier safer than glass (marked exclusively “Dog”) (Normal temperature range 101-102.5)
  • Slippery Elm capsules Useful for digestive upsets of all varieties as well as diarrhea and constipation, Slippery Elm soothes and tones tissues while drawing out and eliminating toxins from the body. From mouth to colon, it acts as a lubricant and protectant, making it an excellent choice for any inflammation or ulceration of the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Water At least 2 litres drinking water
  • Blankets
  • Pen light
  • Paper towel & Wetwipes
  • Poop bags
  • Xpen, soft crate or like below dog sun sheltering tent

Dog Haus (Dog Tent) available from Amazon.

If you have the time and the inclination you might like to participate with the Noah’s Wish organization.

Noah’s Wish has one mission: to save animals during disasters with our rescue and recovery services and to mitigate the impact of disasters on animals through our educational outreach programs. Like the American Red Cross does for humans, Noah’s Wish shelters, feeds and heals animals who have been affected by major disasters in the USA and Canada, like hurricane Katrina, floods in the Midwest, or wildfires in the West. A not-for-profit organization, Noah’s Wish depends on donations and volunteers to do its lifesaving work. There are 2 day training sessions scheduled in many areas. Visit the website to check for future dates.

Princeton, British Columbia July 9 &10

Loveland, Ohio August 6 & 7

Stillwater, Oklahoma October 1 & 2

Fresno, California October 22 & 23


ASFA Lure Coursing Ranking for 2009

Top 20 Deerhounds

I know I am not alone anticipating the 2010 Lure Coursing Season with excitement.  If you’ve never tried Lure Coursing with your hound and are curious check out some of the videos on Youtube or better yet, plan to go and watch an event. It will be very exciting for the whole family whether or not you’ve a dog of your own. You are not alone if you are not familiar with Lure coursing. To lure course dogs chase a lure (artificial) meant to mimic the motions of a rabbit.  A typical course is between 600 and 1000 yards (548 to 914 meters) long. In Europe the course length can be over 1000 meters, and may incorporate some obstacles or jumps. The course must have a minimum number of turns in order to simulate prey (the jack-rabbit or hare) changing direction in a chase.  Stories of abuse at the Greyhound track makes some people think that dog racing is cruel- Lure Coursing is nothing like track racing, peoples beloved pets travel to compete in a park location where they can run freely or not depending on the dogs desire. Some of the sighthounds that travel to Lure Course are so excited they must be kept out of sight and sound of the field. The desire to run full-out chasing a plastic lure is just toooooo much fun!!! I know you will all join me in congratulating all of the participants and volunteers that make Lure Coursing possible. Dedicating many weekends to travelling great distances for Lure Coursing events is not for everyone, standing shivering in inclement weather is a testament to the competitive spirit; you would however be hard pressed to find a more convivial bunch of people where the love of the dogs and the fun for all is paramount. Special Congratulations to Susan Trow my friend and her very keen Atzberg’s Legacy of Caretta Fch (Field Champion) achievement of 1st is no mean feat especially considering the talent that was out racing.

Top ASFA L.C. Deerhounds

For complete results by breed go to-

Westminster KC Show Hound Group Results

Great Results for Sighthound Lovers, a Whippet, a Greyhound and a Deerhound.

JUDGE: Mr. W. Everett Dean, Jr.

1st Ch. Starline’s Chanel – Whippet

Breeder /Owner: Lori Lawrence, Carey Lawrence and Dianne Bowen

Best in Group Starline’s Chanel

2nd  Ch. Grandcru Clos Erasmus – Greyhound

Breeder: Melanie Steele, Rindi Gaudet & Clint Livingston

Owner Rindi Gaudet & Melanie Steele

Ch. Grandcru Clos Erasmus

Ch. Foxcliffe Hickory Wind

3rd Ch. Foxcliffe Hickory Wind- Scottish Deerhound

Breeder Cecilia L. Dove & Dr. R Scott Dove

Owner: Sally Sweatt & Cecilia L. Dove & Dr. R Scott Dove

Rokeena Carte Blanche

4th Ch. Rokeena Carte Blanche – Petits Bassets Griffons Vendeen

Breeder: R. J. Wallis

Owner:  J. Herrera, Y. Herrera, C. Herrera & R. & R. Wallis

Deerhound Calendar- Actually Sighthounds

Artist Elle J. Wilson

Elle J. Wilson is an artist from the UK with a wonderful website with many examples of her unique painting style. Elle will paint commissioned work from pictures (hmmm.) There are prints for sale for the benefit of very worthwhile charities “The Sighthound Welfare Trust’, “Greyhound Sanctuary”, “Evesham Greyhound & Lurcher Rescue”.

I am happy to report that the truly splendid art of Elle J.Wilson is available in Calendar form.  Elle’s unique style captures the essence of sighthound quirkiness.  Elle works in watercolour and ink or acrylic or oil.

Visit her site-

Lure Coursing in Youngstown N.Y.

This past Saturday June 20th we went Lure Coursing, unfortunately there are not a lot of LC events in our immediate vicinity. We traveled with my friend Susan Trow & her deerhounds Atzberg’s Legacy and Caretta’s Marcus (Field Champion) with my Fernhill’s Cailean to Youngstown New York for the Lake Country Lure Coursers (LCLC) weekend American Sighthound Field Association (ASFA) coursing event.

We hit the road by 6 AM & arrived in time for the deluge of rain that hit the Niagara Peninsula & Southern Ontario for much of Sat. Rubber boots, ponchos were the order of the day. Much of the day was spent shivering and pacing back and forth to the field with giant damp dogs oblivious to all but the most torrential rains. Through the heroic efforts of the LCLC team in spite of the rain & blustery wind all coursers were able to run safely.

For anyone who has ever attended a Lure Coursing event one of the most striking sensory experiences is the cacophony of howling from the varied sighthounds in attendance. From the time the lure machine starts up till it is quiet the excitement is just too much for some dogs.  It makes me smile thinking back to the strange orchestra of discordant howls coming from every quarter of the car park. It is wonderful to see hounds of all sizes & colours stretch out at full gallop & run as they were meant to. A big part of the enjoyment is also meeting other dog loving people sharing a common interest and their dogs who are all so different and fun to get to know. Reine the Irish Wolfhound matriarch was as playful as a puppy jumping and body-slamming her human friend Heather-Jean. Lady Bug and Malone the Afghan hounds so beautiful it is easy to overlook that they can be brilliant coursers too. Islay and Oban the Scottish Deerhounds beautiful keen runners both. Whippets, Greyhounds, Saluki’s, Ridgeback’s and all the rest, Pharaoh hound, Azawakh, Ibizan they are all special and lovely to watch.

To say the dogs are happy to race is a huge understatement. Many of the dogs can’t even catch site of the field without straining to get to where they too can go after the lure.

By the time the Scottish Deerhounds were up the rain had slowed to an occasional drizzle; for which I am very grateful. We ran two races Sat. and I am very pleased to say that Cailean enthusiastically ran beautifully to a first place finish and a Best of Breed. Sunday was a gorgeous day, a little hotter than I would have liked, but still a beautiful day. The course was much more difficult Sun. & had many of the dogs anticipating directions that were completely off in the wrong direction. Cailean was as anxious as ever to get out there & tear that bag to bits. Unfortunately her owner nearly fouled her up completely by falling flat on her face with thumb stuck in the lead. We were allowed to start again & Cailean ran really well, just not as well as she might have. We were 4th on Sun. and look forward to the next event (probably LCLC in Sept.)

The LCLC team is an extraordinary bunch of people that are incredibly friendly, very welcoming and helpful to newcomers. I am very grateful to Laurie Soutar, Cathy Sanderson and all the other people who give so freely of their time and advice to new coursers.

Please visit the following site for pictures from the day. Cailean is in slide 43, 45, and 46. select album for LCLC Ft. Niagara N.Y.