- Posted November 17, 2012 by
Eshkol Region, Western Negev, Israel
Pets Under Fire
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
It’s 6 a.m. on the fourth morning of this war: “Pillar of Defense”. I slept through the night and feel awake and refreshed. Now to start my daily routine: the biggest dilemma being when to venture out with the dogs. It is quiet now, but mornings are known for frequent "fireworks", often without warning of "Red Alert".
I know it sounds petty in times like these, but a big concern for those of us with pets, is: how they are getting through this period. There are people who would love to leave the area - at least for a respite from this horrible bombardment we are living through - but cannot (or WILL not) because of the responsibility they feel towards their pets. In the previous war, when I really was not emotionally strong enough to stay, I had a huge problem: MANY MANY friends offered to host me, but when they realized that I would be coming with my two dogs in tow, they apologetically rescinded their invitation. Don't get me wrong - I understood completely. Thank god a pair of very good friends (who themselves own a dog) opened their spare apartment to me and my dogs for as long as I needed.
Unfortunately, there are also instances where people HAVE abandoned their pets and run for their lives. Again - I cannot blame them. No one has the right to judge people who are fearful for their lives and their children's lives and security. But it IS a serious difficulty (as if people living under the threat of rockets do not have enough to worry about, already!) This time, I have seen an animal shelter advertising that is willing to take in pets for people who are escaping the rockets and have no place to take their pets - for FREE. It cannot solve ALL of the problems, but it IS helpful. A drop in the bucket - but at least that. Maybe others will follow their lead.
As for me and MY dogs - one of them is a brave trooper, she seems concerned sometimes - but puts on a brave face. The OTHER, however, freaks out every time she hears an explosion, a bullet, or the "Red Alert" (even if it is heard through the television) . Ok - she is especially skittish - she starts shaking when she hears rain because she anticipates the thunder, but for the most part, the noises that set her off are, indeed noises that represent potential for mortal danger. For her, I use Rescue Remedy (and I am quickly going through a bottle... hope it lasts long enough). How effective is it, really? Hard to tell - but like they say where _I_ come from : "It couldn't hoit!".
The accompanying photograph was taken on the first day of this war: my dogs (and my daughter's dog) taking cover from the missiles, in my Safe Room.