What about your dogs when it all goes bad?

Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by erikthebald, Sep 1, 2011.

  1. erikthebald

    erikthebald New Member

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    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?
     
  2. fireguy

    fireguy New Member

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    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.
     

  3. WDbeej

    WDbeej New Member

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    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.
     
  4. Ruger44

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    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.
     
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  5. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  7. fmj

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    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.
     
  8. warhawk77

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    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.:)
     
  9. willshoum

    willshoum New Member

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    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:
     
  10. erikthebald

    erikthebald New Member

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    If I had to

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

    Ploofy New Member

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    I can say right now that I'm dying before I let anything happen to my pup.
     
  12. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    I to keep right around a 150 lbs. of dog food on hand all the time, that would keep my four Hounds fed for several months. Check these rotten things out.
     

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  13. Davo45

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    I wouldn't think of eating a pet as it would seem like cannibalism, but strays will be fair game for the roasting spit or stew pot, dogs or cats. The Lewis & Clark expedition ate a fair amount of dog meat as well as horse, donkey and mule in addition to wild game. Some of the men preferred dog meat to any other, others did not but ate it just the same.

    If you're hungry enough you'll eat just about anything that doesn't kill and eat you first.
     
  14. Georgiahunter

    Georgiahunter New Member

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    My dogs would definitely be with me. They are border collies and never leave my side. Best dogs I've had and will fight to the death to protect me.
     
  15. Jay

    Jay New Member

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    Leave 'em behind? Not likely....

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  16. PowderBurnBassist

    PowderBurnBassist New Member

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    +1 Cat is not bad. Took a trip down in Mexico to help build a church and some small homes. The women in the neighborhood cooked all our meals. I thought it was chicken stuffed in that pepper but I was wrong.
     
  17. Birchhatchery

    Birchhatchery New Member

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    me i got 3 coon hounds they perfer to run and tree coon wich i eat and sell the hides they also will run and tree squirrle by day and possums at night dern good watch dawgs to sadly their getting old besides my 4 year old walker i always have around 300 or more pounds of dog food on hand at all times.
     
  18. Recon 173

    Recon 173 New Member

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    I have a beagle that rules the household. He will go with us because he's the boss and he's too old to make it on his own.
     
  19. falseharmonix

    falseharmonix New Member

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    Depending on the type of disaster, I plan to bug-in. I don't have many places to go, and I have a small but growing cache of supplies. That being said, I'm a cat person. I love him dearly, and wouldn't trade him for the world. But if I saw that he was just as hungry as I was, I might consider a .22 to his head to end his misery and fill the belly of myself or my loved ones for a meal.

    I know, I know. Sounds sick and twisted. But what we arm-chair spectators don't realize is that we are capable of unimaginable things when we are faced with unimaginable obstacles. I don't eat from the dumpster and I've got a warm bed to sleep in at night, so eating from the trash or sleeping on a park bench sounds simply impossible. However, I've also been fortunate enough to never have to do those things. So who am I to say that I wouldn't if I were pushed that far?
     
  20. Birchhatchery

    Birchhatchery New Member

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    thats why folks need a good game hound to hunt for food