I have an irritably large part of my brain dedicated to worry. I worry about everything, all the time. Every day. My husband likes to tell me that I don’t know how to relax, but I do. I read books and play video games. I cannot just sit and do nothing. That does not relax me, it makes me want to do something productive. But, back to the worrying. When it comes to my dogs, I worry about leaving them alone in the house. Not that they will destroy things anymore, but I’m scared something will happen and they will be stuck here all alone.
A long time ago, I was at a pet store and noticed that they had these emergency signs for in your window that alerted people that you have pets. I wanted one, but I did not have the money that day. When I went back to get one, they were sold out. Hmmm. So, eventually, on one of those days where my husband just wanted to sit and I wanted to do something productive, I did.
I made an emergency animal sign on the computer. It has our total number of each species (2 dogs, 1 cat), with cartoon pictures, emergency contact numbers for my husband and myself, and it’s all red and black and white and noticeable on the front door. So, now, I feel like if something bad happens to the house when we are gone, my pets won’t be left here without any help. Personally, I suggest every pet owner consider making one of these. If you aren’t good with computers, make one by hand. If you really worry—like me—make a card sized one to put in your wallet should anything happen to you. It will alert emergency staff that you do have animals that will need to be cared for in your absence. List a couple numbers for them to call, how many pets you have and what kind, and your address. I used clear wide tape to laminate everything, and it worked just fine.
We can’t take our pets everywhere that we go, it just isn’t possible. And, if anything happened to us, what would happen to them? They need to be let out, fed, watered, loved, played with, and perhaps even saved. If no one knows they’re there, how can anyone help them? Perhaps it is a bit over the top, but I would rather it be that than to have that extra worry on me every time I go out the door. Plus, I am pretty proud of myself for actually making the sign. I have even made one for my neighbour and another friend, who hadn’t thought of doing it before. So, if you have pets, and you worry like me, give it a try. Make it as pretty as you want. Paint it, write it, print it, whatever. Just think about it.