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nktigger99 03-07-2014 07:08 PM

Our pup and Strom/tornado shelters
 
It is getting to be that time again,praying this year we get a break. We had our shelter installed in January, it is a in ground shelter in our garage. We have been slowly getting our kids used to going in the shelter so need to get Abby used to it as soon as possible since spring is quickly going to be upon us. We don't have room for her crate plus the kids and supplies. Plus I will have just minutes to get myself,her and my kids in it and the door shut. We had 10ish minutes notice on May 20th. So any ideas to teach her to go in on her own, it has nice metal stairs once the door is slid open? I have one kiddo who has to be carried down the stairs since he can't do stairs well. I figure we will get a bed to keep down there for her to lay on.


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gsdsar 03-07-2014 07:37 PM

Good for you for being prepared. If it's fairly easy to get in and out of, I would feed her meals in it. Preface with a word "bunk up" or something and go down with her food.

You are not going to ever be in it for an extended period. Tornados don't last that long. So a crate is not needed.

And to be honest, in an extreme situation, grab her collar and push her down the steps. She don't have to like it, just get in it. LOL.

unless you are zombie apocoplyse prepper and will be living there when the dead reanimate. But if it's truly just a storm shelter.... I would feed her a bit, Make a game if going up and down the steps, but not stress too much. I would recommend having a slip leash near the door. You want a leash that won't slip over her head if she panics and backs up. Those cheap ones vets offices use, would be perfect. That way if the alarms go off, you can slip that over her head and just go, and she can't get away if she panics.

In the end it's about saving her life. So you do what you have to do.



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dogfaeries 04-23-2014 08:15 PM

We've been waiting forever for our shelter. In an interesting twist of fate, it is supposed to be installed next weekend on May 3rd. For those not from here, we had an F5 tornado in Moore on May 3, 1999. It was devastating. I was here in my house then too. We are expecting severe weather this weekend, so I'm pretty nervous.

I think we are going to make a ramp to go over part of our stairs. Getting 3 GSDs down there, especially if I'm by myself, is going to be a trick. As soon as we get it installed, I'll start working with them. I have visions of us all falling down the stairs in a tangled, broken heap. :eek:

nktigger99 04-23-2014 08:40 PM

Ya our stairs are more like a ladder.....not sure how I will get Abby down their if I am alone with the kids like on May 20th....I understand the broken heap image....trying to get 3 or 4 kids down there plus Abby(and right now we have a foster Chihuahua). I am pray in we get a break this year....we deserve it!!!

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GSDAlphaMom 04-23-2014 09:16 PM

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Originally Posted by dogfaeries (Post 5421633)
We've been waiting forever for our shelter. In an interesting twist of fate, it is supposed to be installed next weekend on May 3rd. For those not from here, we had an F5 tornado in Moore on May 3, 1999. It was devastating. I was here in my house then too. We are expecting severe weather this weekend, so I'm pretty nervous.

I think we are going to make a ramp to go over part of our stairs. Getting 3 GSDs down there, especially if I'm by myself, is going to be a trick. As soon as we get it installed, I'll start working with them. I have visions of us all falling down the stairs in a tangled, broken heap. :eek:


My SIL was killed in that tornado. I had an underground shelter put in last Aug and have not been able to coax my dogs to get in. I had a ramp built and that didn't help. Before that I had wide steps put in over the ladder type steps it came with. I'm going to try covering the ramp with some indoor/outdoor carpet and see if that helps (grip). If it doesn't my last effort will be to build normal stairs. If that fails they go in the closets and under the stairwell. I hate that because I had the largest size put in so there would be room for them.

Let me know how it goes with yours and if are successful getting them in. Stay safe.

readaboutdogs 04-23-2014 09:34 PM

Yes I was going to suggest putting carpet or those rubber step mats on, you'd have to secure them. We don't have a shelter,...yet! We'd have to get an outdoor one as the garage is built in! For now it's duck and cover! As for getting in in a hurry, just have to go with throw everybody in and fix what's broke later!

readaboutdogs 04-23-2014 09:47 PM

Just wondering if anybody had or knew anyone who had the outdoor safe rooms? I know underground is best, but wondered about those. A lot of homes were just the cement slab left so I'd think a direct hit would probably take it, but for the places that the house was still standing but damaged I wonder if there were some with this type of shelter. I know a lot of damage is done by the outer fringes of the storm.

dogfaeries 04-23-2014 09:53 PM

Fortunately, it will be rare that I don't have someone around to help with the GSDs. And Sage is small enough to manhandle down the stairs, so that's a plus. The other two, well, I don't know. They've all gone up and down open stairs at motels before (dog shows) so at least they've seen stairs! We are going to make a carpeted ramp. Maybe if I bribe them with steak and wave the cat in front of them... ;)

ksotto333 04-23-2014 09:56 PM

How scary for all of you. Hoping everyone is safe this season..

dogfaeries 04-23-2014 09:58 PM

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Originally Posted by readaboutdogs (Post 5422009)
Just wondering if anybody had or knew anyone who had the outdoor safe rooms? I know underground is best, but wondered about those. A lot of homes were just the cement slab left so I'd think a direct hit would probably take it, but for the places that the house was still standing but damaged I wonder if there were some with this type of shelter. I know a lot of damage is done by the outer fringes of the storm.


I really wanted an Oz Saferoom but it just wouldn't fit anywhere in my teeny, awkward backyard. The spot we are putting the underground shelter in is behind my pergola, and the safe room is just too big for that space.


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