Last Sunday evening I watched the news segment on firefighters working the forest fires in California. The reporter was interviewing a fireman just in front of a number of chain link pens with dogs in them.
The fireman explained that they were trying to keep the fire away from the animals since there were too many to move. I watched with sadness as the smoke nearly fogged the entire area. There were 200 miniature pinschers in those pens and the fire was right in their backyard.
Later, I came across the Siberian huskies column in the October issue of the AKC Gazette entitled "Let's Get Ready" by Karen Morin. If the owner of the miniature pinscher kennel had read Morin's instructions, the kennel might not be doomed.
Here is Morin's advice to owners of one pet, several pets or even a large kennel like the one in California. First she hopes that everyone has included instructions of what will become of their pets in the case of permanent disability or death. Secondly she reminds everyone that there are short-term emergencies and that specific instructions should be considered, approved and written.