What My Chihuahua Can Teach Us About Prepping and Survival

In Prepping and Preparedness by M.D. Creekmore7 Comments

I wrote this post way back in 2009. I hope that you find it interesting. Let me know what you think in the comments section below…

I found this little dog a few months ago near my place. Someone had apparently abandoned her mother before she had her puppies because I found her mother and the puppies up in under an old truckbed. It was December and only two puppies were still alive. I took all three home and took care of them.

I eventually, gave the mother and the other puppy away and kept the one in the photo above. She is 11-years old in the photo above and still in good health for a dog that age. No matter, I was lucky to find her.

Okay, the original article for 2009 starts below…

She is the most intelligent of my three dogs and her loyalty is uncanny. For instance; she is fine with me talking to someone as long as they stay their distance – get closer than four or five feet and the barking starts.

Touch me or make any kind of aggressive behavior and you’ll have 10 pounds of a psycho dog attacking you.

A few weeks ago the girlfriend and I were play fighting when she pulled her leg back to kick at me, the dog attacked, biting her inside the right thigh, leaving teeth marks that pierced the skin. Needless to say, my girlfriend wasn’t very happy.

So what can my pint-sized bodyguard teach us about survival?

Like most preppers, she is a sort of a hoarder. Most dogs have a natural instinct to hide food, but this one is the most proliferate hoarder that I’ve seen. She manages to hide at least 25% of the food that I put in her bowl.

She has dozens of food caches scattered around the area and she is smart enough to find hiding places that the bigger dogs can’t get into it. I mean this dog can fit through a 5-inch opening, places where the other dogs can’t start.

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Here she is watching the chickens at my old homestead. Notice she has no tail? She and her sister where both born that way.

We preppers would be wise to do the same. Having several caches of food and gear hidden around our area is a good idea and cheap insurance if we get cut off from our main food storage supplies for some reason. Things happen – remember Murphy’s Law?

Another thing we can learn from this little dog is to always be on alert for potential threats. She is always scanning the area, looking for intruders. Her detectors seem to always be turned on – anything out of the ordinary and she is alerted.

It seems humans have lost their alertness. Most people are so preoccupied with themselves that they have no idea of what is going on around them. They make themselves easy targets.

I’m not saying you should be in a state of constant red alert, the stress of such a lifestyle would probably kill you before an aggressor. What I am saying is, be more attuned to your surroundings, don’t get into the habit of walking around blind to what is going on around you.

Pay attention. Sometimes, something small can alert you to potential danger. For example, let’s say it’s been raining most of the day, you get home from work and notice the pattern of moister on the doorknob has been disturbed by someone turning the knob. Be like this little dog – pay attention. It could save your life.

Another thing I’ve noticed is that she isn’t afraid to run if the situation necessitates it. She will go after the biggest, meanest dog that wanders into her territory. But the thing is, she knows when to run. If the fight is too much and she has no chance of winning, she isn’t above running to me for help or hiding.

To many of us, the idea of running or hiding from danger is unthinkable. But sometimes it does make sense. No matter how well armed we are we can not win every battle. When it’s your family one casualty is too many.

Sometimes the best way to win a battle is to avoid the fight altogether. Other times it may be necessary to retreat to a better location offering a tactical advantage.

Take a lesson from this little Chihuahua – don’t be too brave –  avoid a fight that you know you can’t win.

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Comments

  1. I gotta agree to many people, walking around with their head phones in and looking down at their phone’s, or Ipod. Just this pass weekend a lady was attacked at Target, our area is not really a huge city, and not in a crime ridden area by two creeps thank goodness she was able to scream and fight the men off and it was 6:00 in the evening and lights were on but she still got attacked. The guys got away with nothing and she was shaking but not hurt. I don’t go out alone anymore as soon as I’m in the car doors are locked and engine is a running but no matter how big or small your town or city, is criminals are getting bolder by the day.

  2. Love this story, MD. Took me back to a time before my husband became bedridden and we had a little maltese-bishon mix, who looked incredibly like my husband. We got him from the local humane society. He had come in with another dog who had been his friend for over 10 years and the owner died. The children decided to keep them together and brought them to the animal shelter. They lived in apartments and could not take them. Unfortunately, one of the dogs had cancer and was put down. My daughter works there, and called us and asked if we would take him because he was “so lonely, Mom.” When we got him, he was already 13 years old. He joined our 11 year old beagle and they got along very well. It was funny to watch the little one go outside with the beagle and while the beagle sat on the back steps, Barney did a sort of reconnaissance, just to make sure the the yard was safe for us to use. It broke our heart when we had to put down the beagle and Barney kept going outside to try to find him. Then my husband was hospitalized and he was really lost. He was absolutely loyal and watched out for us all the time. A small guard dog who wouldn’t let anything get by him and was very vocal about it. A year later his heart began to give out and we put him down. I think that the smaller they are the smarter they are. It’s a great trade off.

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      cgbascom,

      I’m so sorry to hear about your husband. I hope he has the opportunity to gain his health back?

      Yes, that seems to be the case. The smaller they are the smarter they are… but that might be because the smaller dogs are often kept inside the house around humans and have a chance to learn more.

      1. I believe you are right about the little dogs learning more because they are kept in the house with the humans.

        My husband will not be getting his health back. He is a Vietnam veteran (Marine) dying of exposure to Agent Orange. We believe that this will be his last Christmas with us before the Lord takes him home. And he seems to be enjoying this build up to Christmas and looking forward to more joy and laughter from the grandkids. Any way you look at it, that is a very good thing.

  3. Three months later, I’m still not over having to put my dog to rest. Our 14 years together were full of ups and downs on our road but he was always there making my life better. Large or small, a loved dog will be a loyal friend loving you unconditionally. Only one other entity can do that… spell dog backwards…………..

  4. Nice article. I actually saved that photo of the dog watching the chickens. There is something about it that captivates me.

    The lesson you’re sharing, is a good one. Not only are people often unaware, but they’re also somewhat self absorbed and preoccupied with “doing stuff” or trying to fit in or measure up and they have forgotten how to be good people and appreciate the important things in life. They think being active and working themselves to death to be successful is living, but then they won’t stock emergency supplies which demonstrates a total disregard for their own well being and no respect for the realities of mother nature or man created disasters. They have their heads in the sand one minute and up their poop cute the rest of the time.

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