Hi Friends. Just a short update for those of you who know I live in the "fire zone" in the foothills directly west of the Waldo Canyon Fire—a fire that has destroyed over 2000 acres in Colorado in the last 24 hours. Temps in my area are already soaring into the 100s. My neighborhood has been put on standby evacuation. We have our car packed and ready for an evacuation with three dog crates and supplies for my family and pets. It's a bit disturbing to have quarter-size ash embers landing on sidewalks and streets.
Instead of editing this blog, I have been working on the social media for the local animal rescue organization I also work for. Fortunately I did have a couple of MomathonBlog.com posts all ready to go this week before the fire started yesterday.
A big thank you to the brave fire fighters battling the forest fire in the canyons and ridges. Also, thank you to my reader friends who have contacted me. My family is doing fine and we are keeping our fingers crossed.
If you want to help out with the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado, here are some important links:
-- HelpColoradoNow.org helps support firefighters in the region: http://helpcoloradonow.org/
-- Humane Society or Pikes Peak Region: http://www.hsppr.org/
-- Fire updates and detailed evacuation notices: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2929/
Pet care in the fire zone:
Hope everyone is safe today. If you live in the Waldo Canyon Fire area or another fire area, then you are probably smelling the fire too. Chances are your pets are also feeling very anxious. Pet experts are suggesting the following tips to relieve stress in your pets:
1) Dogs have a great sense of smell, washing your dog or wiping down your dog with a wet towel to remove the smell of fire in the fur helps relieve anxiety.
2) If your dog is barking or whining, give the dog an alternative activity like a game with a toy inside the house to keep your pet busy away from the smoke outside.
3) Telling your dog to be quiet will not be helpful because your dog is warning you about what they perceive to be a dangerous situation. Try to get your pet involved in a new activity and praise them when they participate.
More pet safety tips here.
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