Prep Test #4 – Pet Stamina w/ BoBs

How Far Can They Go???

Good sized Pack!

Good sized Pack!

   Now that you have made your B.O.B. (Bug Out Bag see earlier Post on making One!) the next step is to test it out. With no Apocalypse going on outside this might seem like a hard thing to do. But what I am talking about is a test on how long your pet can wear the BoB with all the contents in it! Sure you can cram in as many things as you want and I am sure need, but if your pet can’t physically carry the Bag then it’s No Good.

Link to How To Make a Dog B.O.B. ->  https://preps4pets.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/dog-activity-1-dog-bug-out-bag-b-o-b/

Even Small Dogs can have a BoB!!

Even Small Dogs can have a BoB!!

Just like for us humans, dogs can only carry a certain amount. There are many different Types and Sizes of animals so you will have to do a little research with either your specific breed or size. I know, I know, Research… but that is the best way to come across information you would have otherwise never thought to look up in the first place! Anyway, another way to do it is trial an error. Since during the Apocalypse this is the method we use, this is the approach I will use also.

If you follow the instructions in the previous post, that is designed for a 20 lb Beagle, and when I put it on her, she would wear it. But he was scared of the Velcro when removing the pack so I have to be sure it’s packed before I put it on her or else she lays down and Game Over. After that hurtle, she will walk around fine for awhile but gets tired after about 1/2 a mile. Usually this dog could walk into infinity so I know this is too heavy. I replaced the 16 oz water bottles with 8 oz ones and that did the trick. Water is by far the most heavy item in a Dog BoB. Because my dogs are small an 8 oz water a piece would get them through the day. Also we carry water in our Human Bobs and in storage so in a Bug Out situation our 72 hours are more than covered.

Dobby with her properly weighted BoB

Dobby with her properly weighted BoB

Another thing you can do is switch to Dry food instead of Canned dog food. The canned food will last longer in regular types of pet food, but this pack is meant to get your pets from point A to point B Safe, Comfortable, but no in the laps of Luxury! Keep in mind that you also need to store things for your pets in a long term storage plan! That can seem a little overwhelming at first but it’s not nearly as hard as a Human Storage Plan. Food/Water/Treats/Toys/First-Aid are the essentials and most important. You would want to make the time periods match your human stores so everyone is on the same page. If you store 1 year of food for the people but only 1 month for the pets… your going to have a bad situation at some point. The same can be said in reverse too, but it would be the pets that are in the bad situation that time!

Once you have the weight right try it again. Now it should work like a charm and be comfortable for your Dog/Cat. Now the next step is getting them used to wearing it and then increasing the max Time/Distance on Foot they will wear this before they get tired. Practice, Practice, Practice!! The more you do the longer and further your pet will be able to wear their pack!!

Small First Aid Kit

Small First Aid Kit

Link to How to make a Pet First Aid Kit -> https://preps4pets.wordpress.com/2014/07/14/dog-activity-2-pet-first-aid-kit/

After they are completely comfortable with their pack, so much they require it before you go on walks is a good indication, then you can play around more with the contents. do you find its easier for you to carry all the water and load your pets down with food and supplies, then you can modify that way. It’s really up to you on the changes you make as long as you use the items listed in the Dog BoB Post as a good starting point. a lot of good Pet first aid items I find at http://www.amazon.com if you sign up for their Prime membership you can get free shipping and put some things on a schedule to buy every month which gets you a good supply fast! But that’s talk for another Post.

Leave me a Comment!!

Leave me a Comment!!

If some of you have been doing this for awhile let me know how long/far your pets will go with a comment down below!!

Prep Test #1- Homemade Dog Treats from Long Term Bulk Storage & Pre-made Mixes

Howdy, Ya’ll!!

         We all have plenty of the bulk items in our long-term storage. Many of these, Flour, Sugar, cornmeal, wheat, etc, can be used to make simple homade dog treats that would ease the stress for our 4 legged friends during an event, and also make a great addition to a dog B.O.B. (Bug out Bag), due to being lightweight and good for them.

         While it only takes  a little of our bulk ingredients to make these treats, the impact both in nourishment and psychologically and worth tons. Here are 2 ways to do it, i used the mix in the example i made and it was easy and my dogs loved it.


Homemade Treats from Bulk Storage Recipe

    Make great homemade dog treats for your favorite pup, or favorite dog lover using common ingredients found in our food storage.
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups whole wheat flour (see note below for substitutions)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 egg
  • ***NOTE: some dogs are allergic to flour/wheat. if you want to make these wheat free, you can use rice flour of coconut flour as a replacement. thanks so much to the readers who wrote it about this!
Instructions
  1. preheat oven to 325F- 350F
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, and the egg. Add peanut butter, water, honey and stir until you have stiff dough. the dough becomes very firm and sticky.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough about 1/4” – 1/2”  inch thick and use a cookie cutter to make fun shapes. the treats barely spread and rise, so be careful. Also keep in mind that the size should be in proportion to size of your Dog.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, until Golden Brown!!
  5. keep in a sealed container to keep longer,but make sure they are cool first.

 

Treats Made From Mixes

      You can find these kits in places like TJ Max, or Stein Mart. I love these because you can put the mix in your Dog Food Storage, or a Dog B.O.B.. You can make them pretty quick also if you know of an event on the way, and you wont have to do any measuring.

      Like a lot of Freeze Dried Meals like Mountan House, these mixes usually require only water, but you can add honey or oil or other things for taste and consistency.  These are how my batch turned out, with the package in the middle to show the brand. it only took about 1 hour and 15 minutes to make these prep time included.

This is from the pre-made mix bag located in the center of the pic

This is from the pre-made mix bag located in the center of the pic


Happy Baking!! Leave some comments on your own ideas and how this recipe turned out for you below!!