Sunbear Squad Watch Tip of the Week: August 30th

The Sunbear Squad has resolved to make a difference for neglected and abused companion animals. They are transforming animal lovers into animal welfare defenders — with knowledge, tools, and inspiration.

Watch Tip: Watch for lost dogs and cats around the Labor Day holiday weekend. Dogs and cats traveling with their families sometimes take fright and run away. Be a Good Samaritan for animals.


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Roadside Rescue Kit
Disaster Plans
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Roadkilled Blessings
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Inspirational Sayings
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Here is a special story from Sunbear Squad founder, Anna Nirva:

Even in safe families, bad things happen to companion animals.

This week’s Watch Tip is dedicated to the memory of Tiger, my family’s beloved Rat Terrier. We lost him nearly 50 years ago on a family trip.

When I was just a child of about 8 or 9, our family was driving home from our grandparent’s lake cottage in southern Minnesota, which was about 3 hours away from our Wisconsin home. It was a hot summer evening, nearly dusk, and the car windows were rolled down (no air conditioning in cars back then). We rolled to a stop to make a turn near the edge of a small town, when suddenly Tiger jumped from my mother’s lap out the window and ran as fast as he could toward a large, tree-filled neighborhood.

In the growing dark we hunted for him. Eventually my parents decided to drive on, but I was heartbroken. I worried about him so. We never learned what happened to Tiger. To this day, we don’t understand why he jumped out or what he was chasing. He was usually well-behaved, but he would not come to our calls for him that night.

I hope a Good Samaritan found him and that he lived a happy, long life with another family.

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