We posted on our Facebook page:
Tim Kruse asked below: “I was also wondering if anyone has prepared a BOD (Bug-Out-Dog)? I have been training my dog in areas that I feel might be helpful in such a situation (scent tracking, carrying a load, etc.). Anyone else? Any ideas or suggestions?”
Some comments we received:
Comment#1: I have not prepared one yet but I do plan on it. My two dogs are absolutely in our bug-out plan. We have discussed that if we had to bug-out and the expectation was that we were not going to return for some time (weeks or more) or never return, we would open the doors to all of our pens of animals (chickens, geese, goats, pigs, exotic birds), dump out all stored feed we have on the ground and let the animals loose to fend for themselves. But our two protection dogs (Caucasian Ovcharkas) will be bugging-out with us. Feeding them long term in a bug-out situation will be a problem but their protection abilities outweighs this issue. I will plan on providing food for the dogs (once the bug-out supplies run out) by hunting small game.
Comment#2: Don’t forget that most people will be turning their Pittbulls lose, etc….expect lots of packs of feral dogs when tshtf….also GOATS make great pack animals and can eat plants instead of taking wild game away from a hungry (human) family!
Comment#3: When I was a boy we had a German Shepherd Dog that, when we would take him to the forest, would chase deer around and eventually get them so panicked that he would “herd” them right back to my dad and I. We could have killed the deer with a shovel they ran so close by us.
Comment#4: Spent the money and bought a good pack, golden retriever, he loves it, can carry water and food, packs are removable from harness.