I’m referring to a guest post I did for OM; here: http://aopinionatedman.com/2014/06/25/guest-post-so-how-many-would-survive-the-apocalypse-exactly/
I’m going to now see once and for all exactly how I measure up to it, at this present moment..
>Do you know some first-aid? Yes
>Do you know how to hunt? Fish? Farm? No to all
>Do you know how to garden? Yes
>Do you own land? Not yet
>Do you own a vehicle (not necessarily along with owning land), or know how to drive a standard? I don’t yet own a vehicle, but I can drive a standard
>Do you have a bug-out bag of some sort? Yes; sort of…
>Do you have a stock-pile of food and/or water? Not personally, no
>Do you have a rain barrel? Not personally, no
>Do you have some sort of training in wilderness survival? No >Do you know anything about natural medicines (ie, using plants and stuff to…
A section for where you can mind some facts regarding survival or camping with your dogs
When your out hiking with your dog, or camping, or surviving the Apocalypse it is good to know what wild things your dog can eat and what is bad for them. Be it you who is giving it to them or if they are foraging on their own, having the knowledge will help you to know if they have ingested a poisonous plant, or a tasty treat! Also you can supplement your dogs survival food if you know what to get and add some variety day by day.
Below are a few Common things you’ll run into along your way:
Mushrooms – While there are many variety, species, shape and size, just for the overall I would avoid these completely. there are many that I am sure would be beneficial and stretch food a long way but sometimes even in the same species, you have 2 mushrooms growing right next to each other, exact same, except the one on the left is poisonous and the one on the right is fine.
Dandelions – Completely safe for both Humans and animals. while probably not the tastiest the dandelion is arguably the most abundant wild edible with a large amount of nutrients. you can pick these as you go and store them a day or 2, and you’ll probably notice your dog eat a few themselves as you walk.
Wild Onion – These are also completely fine for dogs and easy to find. my dogs are intrigued by the smell and immediately try to eat them after I pick some. These are very common and also something you can stock up on as you walk and stretch out the food supply for the Dogs as well as your food also.
Lilies – While this might surprise you, Lilies are very poisonous to dogs as well as cats. pretty much all kinds, be it in a garden or water Lilies stay away from them, and yank them out of your dogs mouth if you find them snacking on one. These mostly come up when referring to cats but dogs are at risk as-well.
Great Herb 4 Dogs!
Lavender – This is a wonderful planet for dogs to eat and it has some healing quality a as well. Herbs are wild edibles too, and there are a great many good, but about just as many bad too.
Strawberrys – a great source of vitamin C and definitely tasty for both dogs and humans! You can give these to Dogs, but i wouldn’t give them only this to eat or too many at once.
Squash – many different types of squash are great for dogs. Now this might be something you grow in the garden more so then find in the wild, all the same a wonderful choice!
Grapes – WARNING extremely poisonous for dogs in regular form as well as raisins. I had a friend who’s vet recommended feeding his dog raisins as a treat and a week later his dog died from them!
So, there are some good ones to start with. Here is a link to a great wild edible site for dogs:
Just like for us humans, Dogs need a BoB (Bug Out Bag) so that in a quick evacuation scenario that can have essentials supplies they need to survive a couple days, not to mention papers concerning shots or rabies if you have to go through any type of checkpoint or www.FEMA.com registration. Below is a list for what i think is just the essentials for any animal BoB.
2 Collapsible Dog Bowls
3 Days of Kibble Food
2 – 16oz Water Bottles
1 backup Leash
about 8oz Dog Treats
Small Pet first Aid Kit
Pet Papers and Information about Shots, and Rabbies Tag
10-15 Waste Bags (OpSec)
These Items are just the basics and definitely can be changed or expanded upon. Some of the items like water will depend on the size of your dog, and what you might have to immediately go through outside your door.
Example Medium Dog Pack
Examples of Supplies
One of the most important item is the BoB itself. I looked in many pet stores small to large, also outdoor stores like http://www.REI.com, and a few places i found packs for dogs small than a Labrador Retriever. But one thing they all had in common was they cost about $100!! At first i was discouraged but then i turned to my pall http://www.Amazon.com , and there i found a few different style packs for around $30.
Outward Hound is the brand pack i use. Dobby carries the pack which is about 5-10 pounds and she is about 20-25lbs. Taking her around the complex is how I test out the weight and comfort for her with the pack. One of the best features is that the packs are Velcro, so you can remove them fast if necessary. I highly recommend these, from my own use they are rugged and worth the price! also the interior has a couple pockets of each side. for Benny i will need to acquire an extra small (which probably could only hold 2-5 items) bag because she is so small. even with it being so small she can still carry treats and a little food which both will be invaluable in any crisis.