One of the vital companions that will aid you during an SHTF scenario, and even give its life for yours, is your loyal canine friend.
Your dog(s) can play a key role in your survival once disaster strikes. Therefore, you must also take it into account whenever you’re preparing that bug out bag or emergency plan.
With this said, let’s dive right into the action. Just like humans, the most needed resource for your dog companion is water.
In case you have a well in your backyard, the only thing to worry about is perfecting a dredging mechanism in case the power grid goes down and you can’t rely on electricity.
However, in case you’re dealing with a radioactive hazard or you don’t have a well, the second option is to store water upfront. Save some extra bottles for your dog.
Although it can very well drink from a creek or stream, you may not always have such a water source available. And if there’s radioactivity involved, the only safe place to drink is your supply.
The second thing on the list that will ensure your dour-legged friend’s survival is food.
During a societal collapse scenario, dog food will not be available to purchase anymore. Therefore, the most logical solution is to store some beforehand.
There are a couple things to consider here. First is the amount of food and price tag. The best treats for your dog that can last unaltered for a good period of time is canned food and kibble.
If you see these on sale, you should consider buying and stockpiling some. Dollar stores are a good place to look for bulk and cheap dog food. Although it may lack in quality, the price tag and quantity should compensate for that, and will also keep your dog fed for a good amount of time.
When it comes to storing kibble, you can do it with ease using a food-safe grain storage bin.
Within you can store approximately one-year worth of supplies and rodents won’t be able to reach it. The dog (or cat) food will also preserve its initial quality.
At this point, you might be thinking that dogs (and cats) can adapt to eating all kinds of food, even those that are not fit for human consumption.
For example, if you will go hunting during a crisis (which is a wise thing to do), you will usually dispose of the parts of the animal’s body like some internal organs or bones. For dogs, these can be a real treat.
If you are out hunting elks or deer, instead of throwing away the chewy hock (bottom part of the legs), you can boil the meat and serve it to your canine friend.
If you boil it in salty water you will be able to store it in the freezer for up to a year, or if there is no electricity you can preserve it in the cellar or in a whole in the ground for a few months.
Also, other parts of the animal (like some organs) that you will not consume will be greatly appreciated by your four-legged companion, so do not throw anything after a hunt during a SHTF scenario.
Another very useful trick that will boost your dog’s chances of survival is equipping it with a bug-out-bag.
Besides the potential for extra insulation and protection against cuts, it will also allow you to store additional items that can get you out of a nasty situation.
In this video, Survival Lilly breaks down the process of prepping and equipping your canine friend with such an emergency kit. Looks fun, doesn’t it?
These tips are just some of the basic things to keep in mind for ensuring your dog’s survival.
Remember that it can give its life for yours in a critical situation, so don’t ignore your best friend.