National Dog Day Ushers in Hurricane Irene

Happy National Dog Day! If you live on the Eastern Seaboard, I hope you’re celebrating by preparing your entire family — quadrupeds included — for the approach of Hurricane Irene.

I’ll never forget the night I spent with a rescued Katrina dog, nor the images of animals in Japan seeking refuge after the earthquake. But at least we’ve learned: The potential for heartbreak after a major catastrophe decreases dramatically, simply by thinking ahead.

A few of our best disaster-preparedness links: