Firefighters were amazed during a recent early-morning response to a house fire. A mother dog risked her life to save her puppies from the fire engulfing her house. The mother dog, Amanda, raced back and forth between the house, putting her 10-day-old puppies in the safest place she could find – a fire truck!
As an onlooker photographed it with his cell phone, she had already placed a few of her puppies in one of the truck’s equipment compartments. She didn’t stop racing back into the smoke and fire until all of her babies were safely away from the fire.
The firemen on the scene could not believe their eyes. Most people have never seen a dog this smart or this brave! Bringing each one out at once, she took six trips into the fire and no one could stop her. Here are more photos captured as the dog saves her puppies:
All the firemen could do was to spray water on her each time to keep her from singeing. You can see some of the singed hair on her back end, forehead and lower legs. After rescuing all of her pups from the blaze, Amanda sat down next to them to nurse, protecting them with her body. Onlookers called an emergency veterinary service, and she and her pups were rushed to the hospital. Aside from one puppy being treated for serious burns, the entire family is alive and well thanks to the bravery of Amanda. What a heroic mother! How great!
The ASPCA recently published a new national study that dealt with lost dogs and cats. Over 1000 pet guardians were chosen randomly and contacted by phone. The objective was to find out how many pets have been lost and how many ultimately made it home. The study also sought advice from successful pet parents regarding how to find a lost pet.
The results of the study are actually quite surprising:
Only 15 percent of owners had lost a dog or a cat in the past five years
Around 85 percent of those lost pets were recovered
The percentage of dogs and cats lost is almost the same: 14 percent for dogs and 15 for cats
Only 74 percent of lost cats were recovered, while 93 percent of lost dogs were recovered
How Were the Lost Pets Found?
The ways in which the pets were returned might also surprise you:
Forty-nine percent of dogs were found in the nearby area, while 15 percent of the dogs were recovered because they were wearing an ID tag or had a microchip
About 59 percent of cats returned home on their own, and 30 percent were found in the neighborhood
Only 6 percent of dog guardians and two percent of cat guardians found their lost pets at a shelter
What We Can Learn From the Results
First and foremost, it’s important to have your pet microchipped. Keep in mind, however, that since most lost pets do not end up at a shelter or vet, the microchip may not help. This is where ID tags become essential.
New ID tags are available with QR codes that can be scanned with any smartphone (a free app for QR codes is available for all smartphones). You simply enter the information you think is important on the internet. It’s a free service and your pet will have his or her own page that can be seen after scanning the tag code. The tags are available in a house shape for cats and small dogs, as well as in a bone shape for medium to large dogs.
The earlier you start looking for your pet, the higher the chances will be that you’ll find it in the neighborhood. Start asking the neighbors and hanging posters right away.
Hopefully you’ll never have to think about how to find a lost pet, but you never know when they’ll decide to go out in the world by themselves. So, be sure to add an ID tag to their collar. You’ll be happy you did!
If you are driving in New Jersey with your pet in the car, you should restrain them to prevent getting a ticket. Over 20% of drivers admit they are driving while their dog is on their lap. Officials say accidents caused by distracted driving due to an unleashed dog or cat is a real problem. Many people admit to being distracted by their pet while operating a vehicle.
Be advised that “Under state law, NJSPCA officers can stop a driver they believe is improperly transporting an animal. Tickets can range from $250 to $1,000 per offense, and a driver can face a disorderly person’s offense under animal-cruelty laws.”
Buckling Up Your Pet is Common Sense
We would never drive with a baby on our lap, sitting beside us, or in the back without car seat. It should be just the same with our furry baby. Remember that a sudden stop can cause our pets to be thrown around or have a potential dangerous object fly into them.
For small dogs, a pet carrier or car booster similar to the one for cats can keep him safe. In fact, you can now find carriers that combine all your travel needs – stroller, car seat and carrier tote. If it’s a big size dog. a safety harness and restraint system is the best option.
Buckling up your pet will not only save you from paying a fine, but more importantly, it will make sure you and your furry baby arrives safely at your destination.