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erikthebald 09-02-2011 02:38 AM

What about your dogs when it all goes bad?
 
When it comes right down to it, when I hunker down, my four footed crew hunkers down with me. If I bug out, the pack bugs out with me. We're practicing this weekend in fact.

The pack is also going to come in handy if the SHTF. My cattle dog is bar none the best watchdog I've ever had. I can tell who's at the door by the different barks, right down to the mailman she likes opposed to the mailman she doesn't like. It's almost spooky how smart that dog is. The first time I took her camping, she got up once an hour and patrolled the campsite, circling all 8 tents. Looking into the dark, listening, rumbling in her chest a little. It's not something I'd trained her to do. I personally plan on sleeping like a baby thanks to my little red alarm system.

My Dane = brute force. They truly are gentle giants but only until they feel their pack is threatened. It's their Mastiff heritage. I saw my big guy grab a 40 pound coyote across the shoulders and shake it like a rat. No more coyote.

My greyhound can run down any land animal in the western hemisphere. Small game, rabbits and prairie dogs won't require a expending ammunition.

I feed my dogs better than most people feed their kids, but in my basement, in addition to my larder, I've got bulk dog food stored as well. We won't be eating well, but we won't be starving.

Anyone else given thought to their four footed companions if it all comes to a head?

fireguy 09-02-2011 02:47 AM

We rely on our dog as an early warning system, too. She can tell us when there is noise outside that we don't hear and at what part of the yard when she goes to that side of the house. I'm glad to have her and luckily she is just a little thing and doesn't need to eat much. A big bag of dog food lasts at least three months. We try to have at least one bag in reserve. She is a pug/beagle mix. Puggles have the urge to follow their noses like a beagle, but don't have quite the stubborness that beagles I've owned had.

WDbeej 09-02-2011 02:54 AM

I think my dog is SOL when the SHTF. Don't get me wrong. She is a great family dog. She just lacks survival skills. 90 lb AKC Golden Retriever. She barks at the neighborhood moms pushing their strollers and occasionally the neighbors cat, but deer have no problems eating the flowers next to the house. Her greatest asset is blocking the door with her sleeping bulk late at night.

Ruger44 09-02-2011 04:51 AM

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Originally Posted by fireguy (Post 573315)
We rely on our dog as an early warning system, too. She can tell us when there is noise outside that we don't hear and at what part of the yard when she goes to that side of the house. I'm glad to have her and luckily she is just a little thing and doesn't need to eat much. A big bag of dog food lasts at least three months. We try to have at least one bag in reserve. She is a pug/beagle mix. Puggles have the urge to follow their noses like a beagle, but don't have quite the stubborness that beagles I've owned had.

There you go, dogs are some of the best early warning systems around. The barking might make some miscreants go elsewhere before they even get close to your house. I always used to stock up on the dog food, especially before winter hit. I kept several hundred pounds stored just in case. Keep it in a cool and dry area and it will last for quite a while.

winds-of-change 09-02-2011 04:57 AM

My dogs will follow me faithfully. Where ever I go, they would go, too.

hiwall 09-02-2011 05:05 AM

It is hard to imagine how many viscous dog packs will be running loose shortly after SHTF starts. They will be a very serious threat to everyone close to any urban area.

fmj 09-02-2011 01:19 PM

My 100 lb lab is better and smarter than 99% of humans i have ever met. He has built himself a solid reputation here in "da hood". Folk give this little ghetto shack a wide berth. Im not sure it its because dunno of the "crazy gun toting" owner or the big dog. That critter aint going anywhere without me.

warhawk77 09-02-2011 04:02 PM

I have thought about what would happen with our dogs. I plan on taking my Austrian shepherd with me camping to get her used to getting out more. First time we took her she did very well even with raccoon coming thru the camp. She does bark at noise but once she knows I see the issue she calms down. She is about 30-35 pounds so won't eat much but still gets your attention when running right at you. Being able to jump and look over our 6' fence is pretty scary from the other side

My wife has a 5 pound fuzz ball that barks at everything. Thinking of keep her to use as bait.:)

willshoum 09-02-2011 04:17 PM

Dawg.......
 
If you leave behind your pet, don't worry.... It will survive or be food for those that can stomach dog in the early months of the war..... Native Americans all ways kept dogs for hard times......Koreans are dog ranchers..... When the Guatemalyns move in to dismantle the sugar refineries here in terrebonne parish the stray dogs disapeared first. Then the ones chained in the peoples yards. Then the cats........Does your BBqu go Meow.......:eek:

erikthebald 09-02-2011 06:50 PM

If I had to
 
If it came to it, I could eat dog, it just wouldn't be one of mine.


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