Why I’m glad I’m one of THOSE dog people

Okay, I admit it (as if I even have to admit to this, I know you all already suspected), I am one of those dog people whose car is a glorified canine cab.  I drive a Ford Focus ZX5 (the 4 door hatchback)… it was the ideal dog car when I lived in NY.  It was big enough to haul two dogs in the backseat, EZ-up tent, camping chair, disc-dog bag, coolers, etc; yet small enough to find street parking every night (and NOT “love tap” the cars in front and behind to fit).  It’s really the perfect size for me… I could jam it full for traveling to events yet it doesn’t eat gas and can easily be parallel parked.

Even when I’m not doing anything special, my car is always set up as a canine cab.  I always have a hammock in the back keeping my seats mostly dry and mostly clean, I have tennis balls rolling all over the place, frisbees jammed under the seats, a clicker around my gear-shift (and one around the emergency break), one of my chuck-its in the back seat, and a towel or two for the obvious reasons.

What I also have in my car at all times:

hard crate–in case for some reason I need to contain my dogs out of my vehicle

(maybe a breakdown or something) or transport and unknown stray in my car

soft crate–just one more thing to have handy in case I need to keep my dogs contained outside or inside the car (maybe someone got car sick and needs to be contained)

jug of water–after forgetting to bring water a few times to walking/hiking trips, I solved that problem by keeping a 2 gal jug in my car

paper towels–duh?  spills, vomit, muddy dogs, accidents, general messes, etc.

two extra leashes –Twice now, I’ve come across friendly stray/lost dogs and having leashes in my car to round them up (or be able to use as a muzzle if need be) is quite helpful

container of treats–or sometimes bags of kibble.  One of the times I found a stray in the middle of the road, having treats was really helpful to lure him out of the middle of the road

canine first aid kit–filled with gauze pads, gauze roll, vet wrap, first aid wash, tweezers, wooden splint, tick key, etc.

Yesterday I was reminded just why I lug all that stuff around with me all the time.  I took the dogs to the pond to blow off some steam.  They had a blast!  They chased two separate deer a few minutes apart (recalled off of the one and ended up rounding back after the second), flushed some turkey, and Rio when off into the brush after some critter… all of this before even getting to go swimming!  They played a lot of chase, went swimming, did some rock diving, and played some catch on land.

Before leaving I let the dogs fetch a few more toys from the water, Shayne came out of the water, ran around a bit, shook off then suddenly started limping.  She dropped to her bottom (sit) and started licking a back foot.  I called her to me and she’d take a few steps then sit and lick.  She got to me and I noticed a little blood.  I couldn’t see a big wound so I asked her to walk back to the car since it didn’t look bad (i had my hands full and couldn’t carry everything).  It took her a little and she was clearly uncomfortable, once I dropped my stuff at the car, I went back and carried her the rest of the way.  By the time we got back to the car, her foot was covered in blood.  I couldn’t see with all the blood so i got a paper towel to clean up her foot a bit.  Finally saw a small wound that was bleeding like crazy!

So, I got out my jug of water and rinsed off her foot, I used paper towels to dry her foot a little bit, applied pressure to the wound with gauze, ultimately used vet wrap and another gauze pad to keep pressure on the wound to help it clot (while also keeping my car blood-free on the drive home).  Although she wasn’t gushing blood, it was bleeding moderately and more so when she walked (pressure causing the wound to open more).  If I didn’t have all those fun supplies in my car she could have been bleeding the entire 20 minute ride home because every time she put pressure on her foot, the wound would open up again.    That would not have been so good for her or for the interior of my car (though if I felt the need i could have popped up one of the crates for her to chill in on the way home).

Shayne seems to be doing okay… wanting to run and play and be a nut.  Once it stopped bleeding it was perfectly fine.  I’m hopeful that with some antibiotic soap and water washes,  first-aid washes, and keeping an eye out for infections, that she’ll make a quick recovery.

As it turns out, I’m really glad I’m one of those dog people because being prepared kept really helped me be able to handle a potentially scary and dangerous situation.  I figured this served as a great reminder to me and I wanted to pass it along to all of you!


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15 Responses to Why I’m glad I’m one of THOSE dog people

  1. Jodi says:

    Great advice Tena. I need to prep my car. 🙂

  2. Tucker's Mom says:

    Very good ideas! Some of these items I have in my trunk, but unlike with my hurricane kit the items are not contained in a single place that is easy to access in an emergency. I think I’ll work on that this weekend!

  3. Kirsten says:

    Hey those are great ideas!
    I always keep extra bandanas on hand, as they are great for cleaning up, applying pressure, etc…not to mention what a nice pink bandana does for public relations with a big tough looking pit bull! But gauze and tape would be a good thing to have in the dog van too.
    Reading about the paw owie reminded me of the last time I had a small dog owie on my hands..I actually used Crazy Glue to stitch it up! Apparently it is chemically identical to the glue used by veterinarians.
    Hey I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award…hope you find it enjoyable, and not too much trouble!

    • Bandanas are definitely very useful. I used one on myself years ago when I really badly messed up my knee while hiking… i was 2 miles up a mountain when I slid on wet mossy rocks. Used my bandana to help keep my knee-cap in place LOL.

  4. Mel says:

    This is a really good idea. I recently put all my doggie first-aid supplies for the house in one convenient box in the closet, rather than rummaging around when I need something. I’ve been meaning to get a spare leash or two for the car (I do have a long tie-out line in there now, it would work in a pinch). But the paper towels, water, treats, and a few bandages are also really good ideas. And a clean towel. The one in the back seat right now is filthy!

    • You never know what you need until you need it and don’t have it. I was at a canine event when two dogs got into a bloody fight… I had lots of vet wrap, gauze, and first aid wash… but the event didn’t have any on hand… next time i went, they were sure to have it. They didn’t even think about needing it until something happened and they did need it.

  5. Courtenay says:

    Great tips. I think having a couple of general-supply bins or bags with basic backup dog supplies and a small first aid kit.. one for car, house, and “spare”, is a great idea also.
    One thing I wanted to mention. Something has changed and I can no longer read your blog posts on my RSS reader. This is annoying enough that I probably will stop reading most of your posts! 😦 I hope you choose to change it back. I do understand why, though.

    • Courtenay, thanks for letting me know… i dont’ use RSS feeds myself so I dont know much about them. I want to make reading easy for everyone, so i’m glad you let me know. I THINK i fixed the issue–if it doesn’t change by my next post let me know (wordpress said it may not show the changes until i make a new post which won’t be until monday)

  6. Ximena says:

    Ohhhh! I wish I had thought of the extra leashes — I was scrambling at my neck today on the way home, hoping there was a leash around it that I’d forgotten to take off from work when I saw a stray dog dash across a very busy street and trot down the bicycle lane. Of course, I didn’t have one. Someone else stopped a while down the road to catch the dog.

    I really need to make up a doggy aid kit. I have several sources bookmarked and such but have I ever gotten around to it? No, ha. Clearly not something I should be procrastinating! Glad Shayne is doing okay. 🙂

    • Perfect example of the benefits of extra leashes… they are handy that’s for sure. I have a dog walking client and the one day I went to walk the pooch I couldn’t find the leash/collar … after about 10 minutes I just went to my car and grabbed a spare collar and leash and BAM we were back in business! 🙂

  7. Robin Snyder says:

    Wow! You really know what you are doing…very cool!

  8. I just found out that you and Shayne passed the CGC… Congrats to the both of you!

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