BOBs your uncle

still here….keeping busy, money comes in and evaporates like spit on a griddle..meanwhile I am fussing around with cleaning house, rearranging things and taking inventory.  I don’t know if it is a panic attack disguised as something else…but i have been hanging around on those stockpile preparing for the end of the world forums…love the internet..there is a board for every mood.

Meanwhile I wrote something I had been meaning to:

BOB Mean Bug Out Bag for the paranoid among us…(and EDC means Every Day Carry – I feel better knowing more people carry more crap than I do.)

If you have to leave in a hurry you collect your BOB – your Bug Out Bag which should be everything you need to get you from point A to Point B ..that’s your BOL, Bug Out Location and keep you healthy, fed and safe for 72 hours.  By this logic your pets should have a BOB of their own…normal amount of Pets not MY amount of pets. you dig?

I looked around the net and didn’t like what i was finding so I came up with my own.

DOG BOB
INSERTED MICROCHIP
RECENT PHOTOGRAPHS – It helps if you are in the picture.
MEDICAL/VACCINATION RECORDS ON PAPER (Rabies tags on collars aren’t valid ‘documents’
DUPLICATE COLLAR/LEASH/HARNESS WITH TAGS: ID, Rabies, Microchip, including FLASH DRIVE with records.
SADDLE BAG – Personally if the pet is large enough to carry a saddle bag, i’d get one for much of its own gear.
PET CARRIER/CAGE large enough for your pet. Collapsible for medium and large dogs. Smallish and toy dogs should have HARD SIDED carriers, they feel less vulnerable in a crowded area. Even cages, should be covered to keep the animals calm in a crowd.
FOOD DISHES The sort that screw onto the cage/carrier make less mess. But SS dishes for Water/Wet & Dry
7 DAYS FOOD & WATER. I don’t know what pets think of the taste of the FIVE YEAR stored food but you should start with their REGULAR FOOD. They may turn their nose up at strange food and get irritable bowel. Three Days of food is NOT ENOUGH. What happens if you put down the food and they ignore it and then it gets ruined and you have to feed again..or you have to toss it and move to a new location? Extra won’t hurt. 
DOG TREATS/Chew sticks etc… You will need bribes and distractions.
DUPLICATE of their FAVORITE TOY
HEARTWORM medication
FLEA/TICK MED 1 dose of Advantix or Frontline flea and tick
PUMPKIN 1 can (for irritable bowel – do YOU want to be the one with the dog with diarrhea? – yogurt works too.)
WATER PURIFICATION tablets

IF YOU CAN GET IT
BROAD SPECTRUM ANTIBIOTIC – Clavamox, a combination of amoxicillin and clavulanic acid, used for infections caused by bacteria. Clavamox requires a prescription from your veterinarian, and is sold by the tablet. It is also available as oral drops. actually it comes as a powder you have to rehydrate and i am not sure of the expiration date window. i will check. 

FIRST AID KIT
IMHO in NON SHTF (Shit Hit the Fan which is shorthand for all the myriad of paranoid events that could possibly happen and before Katrina this was a stretch..now not so much)  situations you want to stabilize and transport. If your pet is hurting they may injure YOU while you are trying to treat it and that benefits no one. So pack what you are comfortable doing,
Tape, Scissors, Bandages and topical antibiotics are the mainstays.
Cheap pair of Needle nose pliers – porcupines, thorns etc..
Dog Nail Clippers – small pair, can’t hurt.
If you think you do stitches and set limbs more power to you, even working as a vet tech, i won’t try that unless they are unconscious.

EXTRAS
ROPE LINE AND ANCHOR – just because your dog comes when you call it, doesn’t mean other folks want him sniffing their pant leg.
MUZZLE of the right SIZE, the fabric velcro type, these are used for short instances when you want to treat your dog, or trim their nails etc..
Empty Collapsible Bladder for collecting water and using the purification tablets
CAT BOB
INSERTED MICROCHIP
RECENT PHOTOGRAPHS – It Helps if You are in the picture.
MEDICAL/VACCINATION RECORDS ON PAPER (Rabies tags on collars aren’t valid ‘documents’)
DUPLICATE COLLAR/HARNESS WITH TAGS: ID, Rabies, Microchip, including FLASH DRIVE with records. Your cat may not wear one normally but in THIS CASE HE CAN SUCK IT UP.
EXTENDABLE LEASH…i don’t advise ‘walking’ your cat. It becomes more of a drag…but if you have to take them out of the container, it is best that they are attached to you. If they take off and you let go of the handle, it whips behind them and they stop and stare at it, giving you the chance to grab it.

CAT CARRIER &/or CAGE – hard-sided carrier and the LARGEST collapsible cage you can get away with. Your cat is going to stay in it as much as possible along with the litter box, food dishes, and bedding. Medium sized collapsible dog crates work fine, but don’t forget blankets to cover it. CATS DON’T ENJOY TRAVEL or crowds, etc. Limit their field of view. I let mine hang out in theirs with the door bungeed open so they think of it as HOME and won’t dart out the 1st time the door is open. IF you actually bug out with your cat. TRY NEVER to open the cage/carrier outdoors, do it only in a room, or car with the doors & windows shut. Don’t trust cats, they have their own ideas about safety. It helps to have a CAVE made of a box or fabric cube for them to hide in while you change their food or litter.

FOOD DISHES The sort that screw onto the cage/carrier make less mess. But SS dishes for Water/Wet & Dry. Cats like dogs don’t HAVE to have wet food all the time, it may be less messy to switch to dry for the duration with wet as a treat.

7 DAYS FOOD & WATER. I don’t know what pets think of the taste of the FIVE YEAR stored food but you should start with their REGULAR FOOD. They may turn their nose up at strange food and get irritable bowel. Three Days of food is NOT ENOUGH. What happens if you put down the food and they ignore it and then it gets ruined and you have to feed again..or you have to toss it and move to a new location? Extra won’t hurt. 
CAT TREATS – Bribes to distract from stress.

FLEA/TICK MED 1 dose of Advantage flea and tick
HAIRBALL Treatment Tube
WATER PURIFICATION tablets

IF YOU CAN GET IT
BROAD SPECTRUM ANTIBIOTIC – Clavamox

FIRST AID KIT
Tape, Scissors, Bandages and topical antibiotics.
Cheap pair of Needle nose pliers
Nail clippers.. even the Large human kind are cheap and you can get a good grip on them.

2 or 3 CAT’S PRIDE DISPOSABLE TRAY WITH LITTER. These have litter already in them, you just peel open the covering.
hint: nearly anything can be used as a litter pan as long as it fits in the cage…SS steam trays, aluminum casseroles, plastic food containers, or cut down cardboard boxes. And in a pinch you can use leaves, shredded newspaper and wood pellets. Real Clay or Scoopable litter is messy even when it’s clean, it gets into everything and spills in your car, so i wouldn’t transport half used containers unless it was really sealed tight.

EXTRAS
CAT MUZZLE, the fabric velcro type it fits over their face and eyes,
Empty Collapsible Bladder for collecting water and using the purification tablets

FOLDING NET with Telescoping Handle – i bought this very cheaply from Walmart on a whim, unlike my big nets this collapses down to the size of a small tripod or umbrella. I have used it to get at animals under bushes and cars and it slides behind the seat in the truck.

Well that’s what i got so far.  Personally it’s been impossible for me to get that far ahead with stored pet food, i have too many rescued animals around here. But i have everything else and more meds since i use them often.   I am happier with MY list than the ready made kits i have seen on the net.

Nearly all the supplies can be stored inside the pet crates but once you are at your BOL you will need a ditty bag or box to store it all. Right Now I am using a Gatemouth Canvas Tool bag. which can be shoved inside the carrier when the pet isn’t using it.

 

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