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Friday, July 15, 2016

Blog the Change for Animals: Pet Fire Safety Day; Are You Prepared?

 Today is a double-duty day as it is not only my Flashback Friday Blog Hop, but also the Blog the Change for Animals and I am highlighting today's Pet Fire Safety Day in the  infographic below, and also flashing back to very special, heart-wrenching, and inspirational story about a family's home that caught on fire with their Siberian Husky trapped inside. I talk with the family and the heroic neighbor about the disaster, the brave firefighters who helped to save Nanuk, tips on pet fire safety, and about the community that all came forward to help a Husky and family in need. The American Kennel Club (AKC) and ADT Security Services joined together in 2007 when the first Pet Fire Safety Day debuted. Next year will be the 10th Anniversary of this important day to remind us all about preparing and planning for our pets safety should a fire ever occur.

While we all hope and pray a fire never starts in our homes and that our family and furfamily members are never in this type of danger, it can and does happen. In January of 2014, the unthinkable did happen for the Peraza Family of California. Their heart-wrenching story bears repeating to remind all of us about Pet Fire Safety awareness because sometimes the unthinkable happens. I'm sharing today the episode of my Dog Works Radio show "The Sibe Vibe," from when we chatted with Nanuk's hu-mom, Doris Peraza and neighbor/rescuer and fellow Husky parent, Samira Mahjoub Tapia as they tearfully bring us back to that horrific day in 2014. Hearing his mom and neighbor's retelling of what happened still brings tears to my eyes. But Nanuk's story is also an inspirational one as an entire community, local and online, came together to help. Please share the player with friends and family to help bring awareness to Pet Fire Safety. You can also follow Nanuk on his Facebook page, Husky Nanuk, Burned in a House Fire to see how well this beautiful boy is now doing and to see all of his amazing photos!

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Below is the family's video showing Nanuk's miraculous journey:

Lucky for Nanuk, he had a happy ending and even was able to go back and meet the heroic firemen who saved his life by administering oxygen to the badly injured Husky. Pictured below is Nanuk after his recuperation with several members of the Los Angeles Fire Department who saved him. 

 Photo courtesy of Nanuk, Husky Burned in House Fire

And just how is Nanuk doing today?

Photo Courtesy of Nanuk, Husky Burned in Fire
Thanks to so many wonderful, caring people, Nanuk just recently celebrated his 4th Birthday with big beautiful Sibe smiles!

 For today's Flashback Friday photo, in honor of Pet Fire Safety Day and the firefighters and first responders who put their lives on the line every single day for us and our pets, I'm sharing two very special photos I shot of my son-in-law, a volunteer firefighter, with our girl, Bandit, from 2014.

 Flashback Fridays are brought to you by us - the FiveSibes - and our co-host, Love is being Owned by a Husky, each Friday. We hope you'll find a photo or video from Memory Lane, post it, and link up to our Blog Hop each week! If you don't catch it on Friday, you can link up any time during the week! To catch our past Flashbacks, just enter "Flashback Friday" in the search box.  Come join us! We'd love to see your pets' Flashback pics! Just grab our badge below:

We are also joining in the Pet Parade hosted by Rascal & Rocco, Bionic Basil, our co-host, Owned by a Husky, and Barking from the Bayou! Be sure to visit them and their hoppers!


  1. I'm glad Nanuk's story has a happy ending. A house fire is one of my worst nightmares and one reason why I don't get cat sitters when I'm away on holiday - I think they're safer in a cattery sometimes.

  2. What a great reminder to have a plan of action for our pets. I admit, I've thought about it but never practiced an escape route.

    We have a sticker on window, but I noticed the other day that having the sun shine on it constantly has lightened the wording. When I get home today, I'm going to use a sharpie and fix that!

    Thanks for being the change!

  3. Thanks for such great tips. This is a concern for many pet parents!

  4. I had a fire in my kitchen a few years ago and I was convinced I was going to kill my three cats. I could not get to them as the smoke was horrific. The firefighters threw open all the doors and took off screens; I knew my cats would dash outside. Thankfully, they stayed low to the ground under beds and couches and never moved. Great blog post

  5. This is a fabulous post. Great Gramps was a volunteer firefighter and to this day we have a fire scanner radio. Every time it goes off, we pray that there are no animals trapped in the building.

  6. Excellent PSA post. Fire safety is so important for both humans and furries. Nanuk was so very lucky - kudos to those who rescued him.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

  7. I need to figure out a place to put our sticker. I have to say I never thought about the glass bowl thing.

  8. Those pictures of Nanuk with the rescuers are wonderful! Great tips as well. I love this Blog the Change for Animals campaign!

  9. I hadn't heard about Nanuk before and will definitely follow him on Facebook. What an inspiration and thank goodness for the heroes that saved him!

    We had a fire when I was in 7th grade. We had to get our very quickly. Fortunately, our dog Rusty came when called and we all got out. Rusty wasn't not the best trained dog, but when we needed him to listen and come, he did.

  10. Super great reminder to always have a plan for emergencies. Nanuk and the firefighter are wonderful!

  11. Fantastic reminder and points, thanks so much

  12. What a great Info Graphic, I wish I could PIN it but wasn't able to. Beautiful photos of Bandit and your son in law, I'm grateful for volunteer fire fighters everywhere. They are true heroes.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  13. great safety tips for dogs! I am glad my stove has knobs on the top, not where my dog can reach. ~RascalandRocco

  14. So happy that Nanuk's story had a happy ending.

  15. I'm so glad Nanuk is now safe. Fire safety is so important and these are great tips. I love your infographic. I'm sharing it on Twitter.

  16. So happy to hear of your happy ending. Thank God! Fire safety is often overlooked!

  17. Way to go Nanuk!!!
    Thanks for the paw-some tips too!

  18. This is such a hugely important subject and I'm so glad you took the time to share preparation tips and the story of Nanuk! I can't emphasize the important of practicing enough (which is also super important for families with children). Having a plan in order that is so well established that muscle memory can take over during times of panic means you're literally not even thinking, but still acting!

    Thanks again for sharing this post!

  19. Fantastic post, thanks so much fur sharing!


    Basil & Co xox

  20. So glad Nanuk was rescued! Such a pretty dog and great Firefighters!

  21. Such great tips! My grandfather was a volunteer firefighter, so I was raised in a fire-safety-conscious household, but I hadn't thought of some of them. Thanks!