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Sunday, September 11, 2005

Disaster Preparedness: Pets

Some people don't get pets, aka the human-animal bond. I have to admit that I don't totally get it sometimes. However, if the choice was a boat or leaving Chloe, I'm not certain if I would say, "Chloe, let's dog paddle together," but I'm kind of tearing up thinking about it.
PostWatch: About Those washingtonpost.com Columnists...
Crofton, Md.: Hi Marc -- Question about human behavior (mine). I am horrified at the destruction along the Gulf Coast. I see bodies in the water and felt terrible but sadly not half as bad as I feel when I see a dog, cat, etc., dead or in distress from the storm! Am I hopeless? I can look at CNN and watch coverage of body removal but I immediately turn the channel when it is an animal! Why?

Marc Fisher: Beats me. But then again, I cannot fathom why all these folks who stayed behind to take care of their pets would risk their lives for an animal that they could easily replace at any pet store.


  • I think of my cats as loopy, lovable roommates. It's Three's Company 'round here. They're as precious to me as any friend. To think that they could simply be replaced at a pet store is absurd and heartless.

    Sara C.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:15 AM  

  • Discombobulated.
    Unfortunatley I am one of those people who would stay in harms way for Bodie. However there is a bad flip side to this.
    I think about the well being of my own dog way more than other unfortunate Human Beings.
    It is hard to describe what role he plays to people
    who do have relationships with animals.
    And I will admit what some wont.
    It would be a tough choice to save my dog VS. a complete Human Stranger.
    I would save any Human I love before him, Liz, family, Todd, Killy & FAM. , Adolph, ETC.
    I dont know which I would choose in a situation like that....being I have never been in one.
    But I cant help feeling like a bit of a shallow person
    for thinking it.

    By Blogger taggart, at 3:02 PM  

  • It is definitely a moral dilemma that one would rather not face. Do you pick your dog over a stranger? Over a friend? Over family? Do you pick your kid over a spouse? Do you pick your dog and the stranger over yourself?

    By Blogger Adolph, at 7:20 PM  

  • The lesson I learned with this was to have an evacuation plan for my Mecca. Because I'd be wrecked having to leave her behind. I'm not sure I could do it.

    By Blogger Cheryl, at 12:27 AM  

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