Natural Disaster Preparedness Month

Natural Disaster Preparedness Month

September is Natural Disaster Preparedness Month! 

Natural disasters are hard to predict and difficult to control, but when we have a plan in place, we can manage the chaos much more effectively. Just as you have registered your dog on Finding Rover before he takes himself on a walk, it is important to have a Disaster Kit handy for both you and your pet. 

Creating a Disaster Preparedness Kit for your family can be relatively quick and easy because the majority of supplies can be found around the house. Ready.gov has great resources to help your family get prepared and create a well-rounded kit.

Dog Disaster Preparedness Kit 

  • 1. Water, one gallon of water per dog per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • 2. Food, at least a three-day supply of dry, hard dog food sealed in waterproof container
  • 3. Additional First aid kit (click for more)
  • 4. Dog life jacket for flooding and storm protection 
  • 5. Glow-stick "necklace" around dog's neck to help you and your dogs see in the dark for power outage preparation 
  • 6. Dog booties with hard sole to protect your dogs paws from dangerous debris on the ground from storms, earthquakes, and fire debris 
  • 7. Dog collar and/or harness with identification tags should always be on your dog at all times 

General Disaster Preparedness Kit 

  • 1. Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • 2. Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • 3. Manual can opener for food
  • 4. Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • 5. Flashlight and extra batteries
  • 6. First aid kit
  • 7. Whistle to signal for help
  • 8. Towels and blankets
  • 9. Cell phone with chargers and/or solar charger
Containers for dog food. Found at local dollar store.

Containers for dog food. Found at local dollar store.

Glow-sticks for identification and seeing during a power outage. (Not to replace a collar) Found at local dollar store.

Glow-sticks for identification and seeing during a power outage. (Not to replace a collar) Found at local dollar store.

Hard-sole booties for paw protection from earthquake, fire, or storm damage. Found at local pet supply store.

Hard-sole booties for paw protection from earthquake, fire, or storm damage. Found at local pet supply store.

Life jacket for flood safety.  Found at local pet supply store.

Life jacket for flood safety.  Found at local pet supply store.

Now that you're thoroughly prepared, take a deep breath! Natural disasters can be scary, but your family can have peace of mind when all your ducks are in a row.

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What else would you add to a Natural Disaster Preparedness Kit? 

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Warning: Canine Virus Outbreak

Warning: Canine Virus Outbreak

The Boston Globe reports of a deadly, highly contagious virus sweeping the Massachusetts town of Lowell

City officials warned residents Monday [August 18, 2014] to protect their pets from an outbreak of canine parvovirus that has infected 15 dogs in the neighborhoods of the Acre and Lower Highlands [Massachusetts].

The highly contagious viral disease interferes with the animal’s intestinal tract and may be fatal if left untreated, said Lowell Animal Control. Canine parvovirus is spread when a dog has contact with the vomit or feces of another infected dog.

Owners should seek veterinary attention immediately for dogs showing symptoms of lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, and bloody diarrhea , Lowell Animal Control said.
— Rachel Riley, Globe Correspondent; rachel.riley@globe.com
Parvo is spread when a dog has contact with the vomit or feces of another infected dog.

Parvo is spread when a dog has contact with the vomit or feces of another infected dog.

Parvo (Parvovirus) and kennel cough take the lives of many puppies and shelter dogs each year all over the United States; coast to coast. Annual vet check-ups are encouraged as more and more cases come to the surface. Please vaccinate your pets! To receive discounted vetting and vaccinations, please contact your local animal services department and veterinary offices.

Spread the word and help save a life with Finding Rover. 

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New technology gives a new lease on life

New technology gives a new lease on life

Meet TurboRoo! The two-legged chihuahua that's inspiring all of us to just keep scooting! 

TurboRoo was born without his two front legs, and due to his tiny size, his options for mobility solutions were limited. This baby chi's caregivers turned to the world wide web for help, and amazing people like you spread the word.

What is the answer to this pint size problem? A 3D printer, of course! 

Thanks to Mark Deadrick, president of 3dyn, and the 3D printing company Makerbot- a small, sturdy harness was printed for TurboRoo. With his custom harness assembled with Rollerblade wheels, this pup can start cruising like never before.

Without the amazing technology of 3D printing and the power of social media, TurboRoo's caregivers would have had to finagle an apparatus from pre-existing materials- like pipes, clothe, and who-knows-what. This is not the first time revolutionary technologies have made pets and people's live better. Penguins in need have been given 3D printed beaks! Amazing advances, indeed. 

Here at Finding Rover, we are happy to see people embracing new technologies to make life better. The revolutionary facial recognition technology of Finding Rover is 98% accurate, and has reunited many dogs with their beloved families over the past 12 months! From 3D printing to facial recognition for dogs, we see a bright future for pets and people alike! 

Follow TurboRoo on Twitter for updates.

Wagging tails for Downtown Pet Vet for initially taking in TurboRoo.

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Reunion Story - San Diego County Animal Services

Reunion Story - San Diego County Animal Services

Finding Rover helps to reunite Roxy (10 year old Shiba Inu) with her family in San Diego. San Diego County Animal Shelter workers were able to positively identify Roxy with a lost report on Finding Rover and get Roxy home that same day.

We've got wagging tails for this amazing story of a family searching for their lost dog. Losing a beloved pet can be one of the most traumatic experiences a family can go through. New technology is making the search easier than ever. Now, with a computer or a smartphone, anyone can identify a lost dog just by taking a photo. Finding Rover's revolutionary facial recognition technology is reuniting families and mending hearts everyday.

In May 2014, Finding Rover and San Diego County Department of Animal Services joined forces. San Diego became the first county in the nation to integrate Finding Rover's technology into the shelter's intake process. This amazing story of The Cox Family can attest that this integration is proven to be life-saving.

After Roxy, our Shiba Inu was spooked by thunder and lightning, she escaped and ran into the neighborhood. We placed posters and canvased the neighborhood for 4 days with no luck. Our 10 year daughter created the Finding Rover account and uploaded a recent picture. Because of this uploaded photo, on Day 5, Roxy was identified by the County of San DIego Dept of Animal Services after arriving to the shelter. Within 4 hrs of arrival to the shelter, we were there to pick her up!
— Joanna Cox, owner and mother

Janine Marr, a Finding Rover user and San Diego Department of Animal Services employee, made the match. Every animal that enters the San Diego County Shelter system has a photo taken at intake. Each of these photos is uploaded to Finding Rover throughout the day. Roxy's photo uploaded into Finding Rover by her owner was matched to her intake photo from the shelter.

Thanks to the magic of technology, Roxy and the Cox Family are reunited after just four hours of being at the shelter! 

 

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Join the pack and spread the word! Finding Rover is helping lost dogs get home all over the world! If you would like your shelter or rescue integrated with Finding Rover's technology please email Partners@FindingRover.com 

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Famous Mutts of the Last Century

Famous Mutts of the Last Century

Here at Finding Rover, we love mutts and purebreds alike. Today we celebrate the cuties we call mixed-breeds! Here are the famous mutts of the past century; ya know-- in case you ever come across a dog-related category on Jeopardy! You may recognize these pups from movies, television, and even world history-- along with a couple of our adorable, breed non-specific office dogs! 

Bobbie the Wonder Dog (1920s)

This Wonder Dog gained his fame when he traveled over 2,500 miles to find his long-lost owners in 1923. Bobbie earned his way into the archives of Ripley's Believe It or Not and inspired the silent film The Call of the West. During a family road trip, Bobbie was separated from his family in Indiana. After six months of missing Bobbie, he miraculously found his way back home in Oregon. This amazing Scotch Collie-English Shepherd mix proves that purebred or not, a dog's loyalty is tried-and-true. 

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Bobby the Wonder Dog 1920s

Bobby the Wonder Dog 1920s

Sinbad the US Coast Guard Sailor (1940s)

Based on the picture below, just guess who earned all of these honorable mentions:

  1. American Defense Service Medal
  2. American Campaign Medal
  3. European-African-Middle-Eastern Campaign Medal
  4. Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
  5. WWII Victory Medal
  6. Navy Occupation Service Medal

That's right! The four-legged furry mutt, Sinbad! Shipmate A. A. Rother originally got Sinbad as a gift for his girlfriend, but (as the all-too-common story would have it) her landlord did not allow dogs. Instead of giving up the Doberman Pinscher-Rottweiler-Labrador mix, Rother enlisted Sinbad into the US Coast Guard as a service dog.

Although one of Sinbad's most famous pictures is of him perched on a ship's cannon, he was never allowed above the deck while the men were firing because they feared for his quality of hearing. According to many media interviews during this time, Sinbad was regarded as a true sailor and was loved by his shipmates. After eleven years of serving the US and involved in many combat missions during WWII, Sinbad retired in 1948. His last years were spent on shore, relaxing, watching ships go by in the distance.  

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Laika the first dog in space (1950s)

Although the ethics of this next story are debatable, you can't deny Laika's sacrifice was one of historic achievement.  Laika was a stray pulled off the streets of Moscow, Russia. She was about three years old and weighed a small twelve pounds. Her parents' breeds are unclear, but many assumed she was small Husky-Terrier mix.

Russian scientists did the best they could to prepare Laika for the extraordinary trip, and provided necessities for her to survive as long as possible on the spacecraft. On November 3, 1957, Laika was launched into outer space. Laika survived the launch, but could not brave the elements long after entering orbit. The capsule entered the Earth's atmosphere and disintegrated, along with Laika's ashes, five months later.

Writer Jill Harness worded it best when she explained, "While Laika's story is a sad one, she did play an important role in the history of both science and animal rights -dog owners everywhere were outraged when they discovered that she was sent to space only to die. The issue became a turning point in discussions about the use of animal test subjects in science. In the end, Laika may have become the most important stray dog in modern history." 

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Still from Old Yeller, 1957. 

Still from Old Yeller, 1957. 

Spike as Old Yeller (1960s)

This Labrador Retriever-Mastiff mix, Spike, became an American cult classic when he barked into the role of Old Yeller in 1957. Spike was rescued from the Los Angeles Animal Services East Valley Shelter in Van Nuys by animal trainer Frank Weatherwax. He grew to be Weatherwax's largest stars-- quite literally, too, maxing out at a whopping 170 pounds. From one tearjerker to the next, Spike starred in A Dog of Flanders just two years later. Later, Old Yeller made his cheerful TV debut on the early Mickey Mouse Club and The Westerner. Spike lived large in the lime-light in the late 1950's and 60's, and will forever live in our hearts. 

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Higgins as Benji (1970s)

Like Spike, Higgins was rescued from death row at a Los Angeles shelter by another animal trainer, Frank Inn. This famous Spaniel mix came from The Burbank Animal Shelter. Inn fell in love with Higgins' expressive eyes and great learning ability. Nearly every week, Higgins learned a new routine like climbing ladders, opening mail boxes, and even yawning on command. The 1960's and early 70's was Higgins' heyday. He appeared in Petticoat Junction, Green AcresThe Beverly Hillbillies, and Mooch Goes to Hollywood. After a short-lived time in retirement, he came back to star in his famous role as Benji. This early 1970's icon will forever be in our hearts as the definition of a great happy-tail rescue story. 

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Aleister as Sorry in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2010s)

Aleister as Sorry

Aleister as Sorry

Penny, Sorry, and Dodge in Seeking a Friend at the End of the World 

Penny, Sorry, and Dodge in Seeking a Friend at the End of the World 

In the 2012 dramedy, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, rescue dog Aleister stole the show as the hero dog, Sorry. “When I saw Aleister and his wonderful scrappy snaggletooth and wiry coat, I loved him and felt, ‘Here’s our hero dog,’” gushed writer/director Lorene Scafaria

Since Sorry played such a large role in the movie, he had to have a few 'doggie doubles.' Aleister's main double was Mulligan; rescued and named by the movie's resident dog trainer, Sarah Clifford of Animal Savvy. “Mulligan was rescued from the shelter on the morning he was scheduled to be euthanized,” reports Clifford. “He learned the ropes, and was doing takes only two weeks after we took him out of the shelter. Mulligan did the scene where Sorry is crawling down the fire escape, and anything else that required a lot of action." A third doggie double, Rita, was from our friends at I.C.A.R.E. Dog Rescue based in Southern California.

These rescue pups are not only stole the lime-light, but they stole the hearts of everyone on set and in the audience. Just as this movie's theme intended, these dogs are the perfect representation of second chances and new beginnings. 

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The Finding Rover Office Mutts

Elliott the Miniature Schnauzer-Kerry Blue Terrier

Elliott the Miniature Schnauzer-Kerry Blue Terrier

Bambi the Chihuahua-Rat Terrier

Bambi the Chihuahua-Rat Terrier

Gus the Beagle-Jack Russell Terrier

Gus the Beagle-Jack Russell Terrier

Now that you've seen our beloved mutts, we want to see YOURS! Share a pic of your pup on Finding Rover's Cute Pics Pack to be featured on our blog! 

Hope you enjoyed our stroll down memory lane as we honor the most famous mutts of the last century! And remember, mutt or purebred- all dogs deserve to be protected with Finding Rover's life saving technology! #WOOF 

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