I agree with everyone here. I have been at my job for 15 years, and stepped back to 3 days a week, so I could take care of my Grandson, and enjoy life a little more. I also waited 10 years to get my EB babies, and they are definitely members of our family, just like my kids, and I wouldn't trade them for anything. There is more to life than money.
LEARN A LESSON FROM YOUR DOG, NO MATTER WHAT LIFE BRINGS YOU, KICK SOME GRASS OVER THAT AND MOVE ON.
I am retired so the job thing isn't really an issue, but I would NEVER volunteer to live someplace where I couldn't have my dogs with me. My husband and I have gone so far as to get long term care insurance so if one of us needs expensive care, the other one won't end up having to liquidate everything to pay for it! Our dogs are important family members!
If you have to ask the question, then I would say go for it. I would give up everything for my babies.
You never seen a Uhaul behind a Hurst, think about it
I could never do something that would prevent me from having dogs. Some of our greatest happiness comes from having our dogs, fostering dogs. I can't even imagine not having them around!
2005 living in Slidell, Loisiana, got 3 days notice of hurricane Katrina coming in, Cat 5 storm, Budy we were all hoping it would turn, but as fate would have it, it was our turn…. I was surrounded by Lake Pontchartrain which feeds from the Gulf, Bayou Liberty which feeds into the lake and Pearl River which feeds into the lake. As those winds came in, even though the storm was downgraded to a Cat 3, The water pushing ahead of the storm called the sure was still surging at Cat 5 strength, Evacuation in my area was mandatory, Police and Fire and Army Reserves evacuated everyone.
Everyone was in the hustle and bustle of getting their most valuable items out, and leaving the city, what I later learned was no one had did research in our area as the pet friendly shelters for the storm, Now the bad, Had a shelter allowed Pets, were talking in my area alone people coming in with Pitt Bulls by the handfuls, along with many hunting dogs into a people shelter, Myself, I had evacuated North of I-12 away from the flood zone, yet finding later still not far enough. Residents had no knowledge of where to take animals, Motels were not pet friendly, Residents had to make a decision to live out of their car, or book a motel far off and leave their animals at home. I would say about 70% of folks left their pets in their home (smh= shaking my head) and evacuated for the storm. The storm was so bad in our area, the eye crossed right over my shelter, and I remember walking outside, looking at the blue sky, and swirling clouds in the eye of the storm before the backside hit us, Tornadoes were literally landing all around me, how they missed was only something the lord could answer. After the storm passed, I couldn't get into my home for almost 5 days, and even then i waded down my street in neck deep water, snakes were swimming in that same water down the street, along with alligators, and most surprisingly to me, because I never thought about it, everyones fish aquarium fish also escaped the aquariums. These fish were literally swimming between my legs as I was wading through the water. When I got to my house, It looked fine, and as I unlocked the door, I couldn't open the door, all the furniture floated against the door as the water receded. In the days after this, Police and Fire personnel came around searching every house for those that failed to evacuate, and put unique signs of their finding with orange paint on their front door, It was an experience like no other i've ever been through before. In inquiring with rescue personnel, They explained what the markings meant, and after that, I was able to look through the neighborhood at the door paintings and could tell if they found bodies in the house, family pets in the home etc… So many people from my area evacuated, and left their pets behind to fend for themselves, only to find they came home to 13 feet of water and drowned pets everywhere. Guessing for me that was the most tragic part of the storm. I knew most motel 6's nation wide were Pet Friendly, from earlier life travels with my Cocker Spaniels. Guessing most people didn't know that and evacuated leaving, Dogs, Cats, & Birds behind to drowned. This was the reason I'm asking if your pet has a priority in your home, would you evacuate from your home for any reason and leave your pet behind?? I would live in my vehicle with my pet before I would leave Rocky behind, Just wondering how many others felt the same way…… Tragic, but true!! The other day @Davidh posted a thread about the aka and oklahoma, in light of the tornadoes there and their tragedy, again, I'm seeing folks are being enlightened, and also I know every corner of the USA has their emergencies, whether wildfires, Snow storms and blizzards, earth quakes, tornadoes, hurricanes etc, has everyone here thought about what they would do in case of evacuation, have you thought about different places you may stay, and checked that area already for pet friendly locations? Sooner or later devastation will reach your area, just as it did me, Thinking don't get caught unprepared.
If anyone were ever to get caught in a natural disaster and was facing having to leave their pets behind...a good resource to reach out to are rescues (in an unaffected area). They can spread the word quickly to their foster families and in some cases can help out temporarily till you find a pet friendly place.