Emergency Planning Should Include Your Pets

Have you ever wondered what goes on in your pet’s head? We at Ready Georgia just got our hands on the below letter that Storm, a 175-pound Saint Bernard, sent his owners thanking them for all they do for him. In honor of Pet Preparedness Month in June, we decided to share the letter with you to give you a dog’s-eye view of life and provide some tips on how to make sure your pet is prepared in case of an emergency.

Dear Mom and Dad,

It’s been exactly a year since you brought me home and I wanted to write you a note to let you know how much I appreciate everything that you do to protect me. For example, when you comforted me during that bad thunderstorm we had a few nights ago, I’ve never felt more loved in my life.

I’ve also noticed other things you’ve done to make sure I’m taken care of in case of an emergency. While I initially thought that the plastic box of food, water and other supplies you put together was just for you guys, I’ve recently noticed a few things in there were for me, including my food, chew toys and an extra collar and leash. I’ve got to say, it looks like we’re ready for just about anything.

Speaking of being ready for anything, I heard dad talking to the neighbor about checking on me if you guys were unable to make it home. That confused me, because I didn’t understand why you would leave and not come back. You always come home – and it’s my favorite part of the day! But when I told my friend Manny, the French bulldog who lives down the street, about it, he said you were just making sure someone could look out for me in an emergency. So now I’m relieved twice over – you’re not planning to leave me here alone on purpose, AND you’ve figured out a way to keep me safe if you can’t come home for some reason.

Finally, I have to tell you that there have been some other things you’ve done to protect me that didn’t always make sense. For example, the time you had me microchipped. At the time I didn’t realize that this little device would help you find me if I got lost. Let’s hope that never happens, but I feel better knowing you’ll be able to track me down if I can’t get home for some reason.

Thank you for everything you do for me every day.

With lots of love,


Editor’s note: As a pet owner, your pet relies on you for his or her safety and wellbeing. It’s up to you to protect him/her when the unexpected hits, so create a Ready kit and emergency plan for your pet today. For additional information, visit our pet’s section of the Ready Georgia website