Hurricane Sandy

Conscious Cat Sunday: a few more words about Hurricane Sandy

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Last Sunday night, we told you we were ready for the approaching storm. We had stocked up on emergency supplies, including canned food for Allegra and Ruby in case their raw food went bad in the event of a power outage, and chocolate for me in case – well, because you need chocolate when life gets stressful. We had Storm Soother and Stress Stopper on hand. We were as ready as you can ever be for something like this.

By the time we woke up Monday morning, it was raining heavily. The forecast was for the rain and wind to increase steadily throughout the day, with the worst to come in the afternoon and into the night. I decided to venture out for my weekly Pilates session in the morning, followed by lunch with a friend. I needed the distraction from worrying, not to mention the exercise. The roads were already deserted, and many businesses were either already shut down, or closing early. By the time I got home a couple of hours later, the wind had started to pick up in earnest.

I expected to find Allegra downstairs, in or near her safe spaceContinue Reading

Help animals affected by Hurricane Sandy

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Animal rescue groups across the Mid Atlantic and Northeast are working hard to help animals affected by Hurricane Sandy. While it was heartening to see that we seem to have learned some lessons from Katrina, and that many shelters were accepting pets, pets were lost during the chaos of evacuations, and others are displaced because their guardians lost their homes.

Humane societies and shelters in the affected areas are working hard to provide assistance and shelter to pets and guardians in need. While they may eventually ask for supplies, right now, the thing they probably need the most is money. If you live in the areas that were hit by the storm and can help, contact local shelters to see if they need volunteers or donations. Petfinder.com is keeping a running list of shelters in the affected areas that need assistance. The list is updated daily.

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A word about Hurricane Sandy

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What a difference a few days make. This photo shows Allegra and Ruby relaxing in our sunny bedroom last Wednesday. This evening, we’re preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. Right now, it’s just raining a little, but we’re supposed to get high winds and heavy rain starting Monday morning, and lasting into Tuesday evening. Other areas to the east and north of us are expecting even worse conditions.

We’re as ready as you can ever be for an event like this. I only just returned from Atlanta last night, where I spent a fun-filled three days at Barkworld 2012, a social networking conference for pet businesses. I was a little nervous about not being able to prepare for the storm, especially after I saw numerous photos of bare store shelves on Twitter. When I arrived home, I found that a dear friend had stopped by and dropped off a large case of bottled water and batteries for me. I think it was quite possibly the most thoughtful thing anyone has ever done for me! This morning, I brought in all my deck furniture, cleaned up the leaves so they wouldn’t clog up the drains, and went in search of ice and non-perishable food.

Since Allegra and Ruby are raw-fed kitties, I stocked up on grain-free canned food in case we loose power and the frozen raw food goes bad.Continue Reading