If you haven’t noticed, Zombies are a hot item. It seems everywhere I look its Zombie Apocalypse this and Zombie survival that. I even saw a no-shit documentary on TV the other day on the history of the Zombie that talked about them like they were animals to observe in the wild.
I am old. I know Zombies don’t really exist. If you are like, me you might be inclined to dismiss any messages that throw the term “Zombie” around like they are a real, accepted part of life today. You might think Zombies a-la-Shaun-of-the-Dead are funny but tune out as soon as you get the feeling these people are serious.
I saw all of this in a new perspective the other day though. Preparing for natural disasters is boring and dry. Most people don’t take it seriously. However, Zombies are fun. What is more exciting? Preparing for a massive earthquake that will cut you off from all communication, power and food for weeks or preparing for a Zombie attack?
Really, the way you prepare is the same (minus the avoiding-getting-your-brains-eaten part).
I am one of those people who hasn’t really been interested in making sure I am stocked up in case of disaster. However, I can get into “preparing for a zombie attack” plan.
The weather has turned cold and here in the northwest we face another season of potential wind storms and snow (that here in the northwest we are not prepared for so it constitutes an emergency and the whole City shuts down). The memory of nearly freezing a few years back when a wind storm knocked out my power for 10 days, coupled with the silly thought of being potentially eaten by Zombies, has made me give disaster preparedness a little more thought.
I am mainly thinking in terms of being prepared for Chester and Gretel in a disaster. I am one of those people that believe I have a strong survival instinct and can McGuyveor my way out of most situations but, as adventurous as the dogs are, I think they lack the same inventiveness…..and thumbs.
I started looking into preparing your pet for a disaster and found some great resources you might want to take a look at.
You can read a somewhat long-winded but thorough article about what to do for your pet during a disaster here.
You can find a good, brief list of supplies you should keep on hand for your pet in case of a disaster here.
If you want to skip the reading you can buy a basic, pre-made kit here.
Whether you put your own kit together from the list or buy one, I would add a box or two of Therma Care Lower Back body warmers (they are some of the biggest Self-heating pads). Those were lifesavers for me and Chester when our power was out for so long. You can place them on your body or in your pets bed (be sure to supervise so they don’t eat them) to help keep warm.
Your dog may never have to fight off real Zombies but it IS important to be prepared for a natural disaster.
And take heart wiener dog owners out there – Dachshunds are one of the Best Dogs to Have for the Zombie Apocalypse because Zombies are stiff and they can’t bend over low enough to pick them up and eat them 🙂