Thankful Thursday Blog Hop: Carriers, Caution and Caring

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Hello everyone and welcome to our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop. Every Thursday we tell you about the things for which we are most thankful. We love doing this, and even better, we always love it when you join with us.  I know, sometimes it can be tough, but the thankfuls are always there if you seek them out.

Today I’m thankful for our carriers, otherwise known as PTUs (prisoner transport units), yes, seriously, I’m thankful for them.  Each one of us has our own special carrier.  I know what you’re thinking.  Those things are used for Vet visits. That’s a true statement, but they are also used for our safety, not only during transport when we’re in the car, but for other times as well.

Before you know it we will be headed into bad weather season.  For us, in our neck of the woods, that means possible violent thunderstorms and tornadoes.  We don’t get many hurricanes that come inland where we live, but if they do those are bad news too.  If we have a tornado warning our carriers come out of hiding and are placed in a safe location.  If something looks like it’s coming our way we are are placed in our carriers which are moved to a safe room.  That’s why I’m thankful for our carriers, it’s comforting to know that we have a plan and we’ve practiced it too.

It’s most important, no matter where you live, to have and emergency plan and an emergency kit prepared and ready to go because you just never know.  We don’t like it when the weather radio alarms go off and the cellphones start honking warnings, but we know the peeps thankfully have a plan.

What about you, do you have an emergency bad weather plan?  What are you thankful for today?  Tell us in the comments and then join us for our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

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Sherri-Ellen T-D.
6 years ago

Mew mew mew Brian mee thott PTU meened Purrsonal Transport Unit! Mee iss so funny! Mee has mee carrier on floor in bedroom with a Minky blankit inn it an mee Kapi monkey pee an Puff Daddy mousiess. Mee likess to sleep inn mee carrier at nite. Wee DO have an Emregencee plan an as wee have fire alarm tests efurry month wee practice so that wee can get mee inn PTU an out of thee place quiklee if need bee. LadyMum told mee once shee an NYLABLUE were inn thee bedroom all nite under tornado watch an it was… Read more »

6 years ago

Thanks for showing us the positives of PTUs, Brian. It’s true … they are pretty important things to have around! And it’s so important to have plans for emergency situations. Thanks for hosting!

Fraidy Cats!
6 years ago

our ptu’s are out 24/7 and we don’t mind hanging out in them sometimes as long as the door is open 🙂 you know, Brian, our mom wonders how she would manage all of us if we needed to evacuate and last winter we had some weather concerns with flooding. we are sort of prepared but could really do better 🙂 here’s purring your bad weather season isn’t so bad!

pip, minnie, hollie, sharpie, ditto, TL

6 years ago

It’s wonderful that you’re so prepared for an emergency. I have a soft carrier that I travel in, but I also have a two medium sized solid carriers that can be my “home” if we ever have a serious emergency.

6 years ago

Our house is kind of a problem because it’s on three levels. Around here we get two main potential disasters – fires and earthquakes. With the fires, having the house spread out the way it is okay – we can can still be rounded up if we need to be evacuated. The earthquake thing is worrisome because we might be on different levels or in different rooms when one strikes. In fact, we had a small one a few days ago at 2 AM – my human and I were on one level of the house, and Binga, Boodie and… Read more »

Fur Everywhere
6 years ago

Hi Brian! We each have a carrier, too. We don’t much like going in them, but we are thankful they are there to keep us safe, too. We don’t know where we would go in case of a tornado. We don’t get many here, but we do get them occasionally. The Mom is going to go ask the apartment people where we should go! Thank you for reminding us to be prepared. The Mom’s apartment people have practice fire alarms, and while they are not fun, we are thankful that they prepare us in case there is ever a real… Read more »

Emma and Buster
6 years ago

Because we don’t go out besides to the Vet, we really don’t like our PTUs, even if the humans put good stinky kibble inside.

6 years ago

that is a reason to be grateful, absolutely…. and it’s great that you are prepared for hard times, often we think about such things when we actually have to leave… and then not even amazon prime is fast enough ;O)))

Pam Greer
6 years ago

That is such a good idea to put the kitties in the carriers if bad weather is forecasted. We put them in the basement, but it makes so much sense to have them in the carriers ready to go. Of course, putting them in the carriers is no easy matter!

Pat Hatt
6 years ago

Great to do indeed. They are nasty old things to get into, but they keep us safe. Ours is always nearby just in case

6 years ago

Oh that is such a great plan. And it is great that you all get used to being in the carriers. Most of us don’t mind too much. You all have a wonderful day.

Jeanne Foguth
6 years ago

” PTUs (prisoner transport units),” LOL We have some of those, but they are Personal bedrooms – everyone sleeps in his or her own crate, and yes about once a year, the cats and Halo end up at the V E T – Saphera is about 100#, so her crate is too big to haul.

Ellen Pilch
6 years ago

That is an excellent thankful. Your peeps are wise to have a plan. I don’t have 12 carriers, but I have 7 small and 2 really big ones so I could double some up. Thanks for hosting.

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katie isabella
6 years ago

It is an excellent Thankful. And a timely reminder to think about weather or other disasters and have a plan. We get tornadoes all the time so my PTU is out, I sleep in it sometimes anyway but it’s ready just in case. I need mom to get my emergency stash of food & water ready though.

McGuffy's Reader
6 years ago

Spring is coming, and with it: storms! great post, guys. We actually had storms come through this week! I suspect it may be a wicked Spring. Stay safe. We are thankful for YOU. Hugs!

6 years ago

We have a carrier – although it’s small for Teddy at 20 lbs. I should get a larger one. He doesn’t go to the vet in the carrier as he’s leash/harness trained and they are fine with him coming that way. Ted’s now on a diet so he won’t be this big much longer (I hope!) but we will get a new PTU and thanks for your IMPORTANT reminder about that!

Hugs, Pam

da tabbies o trout towne
da tabbies o trout towne
6 years ago

dood…..we iz thanx ful that one day thiz week it waz past 40….we iz all sew thanx full ya ree minded uz but weather concernz in de dayz a head….when yur in de “winter zone” ya kinda forgetz bout “spring time zone ” 🙂 ♥♥

The OP Pack
6 years ago

We don’t have carriers, but we do have crates. Mom has some set up in our basement for those days when the threat of tornados is posted. We are not crazy about those bad storms here in the Midwest, but we are thankful that our humans do what they can to keep us safe.

Woos – Lightning, Misty, and Timber

Sailor Edgar
6 years ago

Excellent planning by your humans. Unfortunately, I suspect that our cats would not be accessible (i.e., under beds or other furniture) in the case of a real emergency.

Lola The Rescued Cat
6 years ago

You make a good point about the carriers and why we should all be thankful for them. Luckily, we don’t get many emergencies. Would you believe we don’t have an emergency plan? I think we need to blog about that. We’re thankful for friends like you.

Eastside Cats
6 years ago

Brian, The Hubby and I sketched out an emergency plan a long time ago, with Angel and Chuck. Now, we’ve got Manny and CB, and no additional PTU! Plus, the emergency list is outdated now too, because we’ve switched veterinarians. Thanks for reminding us; we’ll work on an updated routine this weekend.

6 years ago

prisoner transport units, lol!

Madi and Mom
6 years ago

Oh for sure Brian me too mine is for safety too. Once dad came home on a very very very stormy and thunder filled July day to find mom sitting on the floor with me in my carrier. He said what are you doing…she told him she was ready to leave in a nano second.
Hugs madi your bfff

Deziz World
6 years ago

That’s pawsum Brian. We’re fankful mommy has plans too and makes sure we always feel safe. Big hugs fur all.

Luv ya’

Dezi and Raena

6 years ago

I agree – it’s important to have an emergency plan, and it sounds you all are ready for whatever comes your way. When we first moved here, we’d never experienced an evacuation due to a rapidly moving wildfire. We messed up badly the first time, with R getting loose and being so freaked out by the choppers flying low over our house that it was hard to get him to come to us. Now, we have a plan. Unfortunately, we’ve had the chance for real “fire drills” on other evacuations. You are so right!

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties

I keep thinking I need to get everyone in my family a carrier, or two, for Christmas so they don’t need to borrow mine and when I need them, they’ll actually be here! MOL

Jan K
6 years ago

Those PTU’s can be such a good thing! We’re glad you have a safe place to go when there are bad storms. But mostly we hope you don’t have too many bad ones!

caren gittleman
6 years ago

we keep our PTU out all of the time. Primarily it is used for Vet visits, but Cody goes into it to sleep too. Once there was a fire in our building and I was so grateful it was out, I grabbed Cody and put him in and grabbed Dakota on his leash and we were out of here!

Memories of Eric and Flynn

That is good advice to not just have a plan, but to practice it now and again too.

Mary Kirkland
6 years ago

I agree with you. I had carriers for my rats as well back when I had them. I gave them to the ladies that I gave the big cage to because they have 18 rats that they’ve rescued and could really use the carriers.

Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song

I am thankful that your parents take such excellent care of you while you are traveling

William's Kith & Kin
6 years ago

Our mom’s had an emergency bag ready for years. We have food, water and four carriers at the ready, too, and various stuff in the trunk of the car. We don’t get many natural disasters here, but it’s better to be prepared!

6 years ago

We have hurricanes here in CT, but nothing else, so we haven’t considered emergency plans. Thank you for the reminder! I’m glad you kitties there have such well prepared organized pawrents.

6 years ago

Everyone with furs has a crate at our house too.

Kitties Blue
6 years ago

We think you know that today we are happy to have Lisbeth safe and in the house where she belongs. It was a tough 11 hours for our humans. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer

Cathy Keisha
6 years ago

Even though my PTU is always out, there’s no way the peeps can get me in it quickly. Pop always says in an emergency, he’ll stay with me and risk his life too.

The Menagerie Mom
6 years ago

This is a purrfect thing for which to be thankful, Brian. And it’s also a purrfect safety tip. We leave our carriers out all the time, and kitties would get placed in them in the case of an emergency. That being said, we haven’t really practiced our emergency plan like you have, so we should do that. Purrs!

Little Binky and Granny

Granny has one carrier ready downstairs for me and one upstairs, so we’re all prepared, Brian 🙂 Pawkisses for a Happy Caturday and sorry we’re so late with the entry 🙂 <3

Dennis the Vizsla
6 years ago

hello brian its dennis the vizsla dog hay we hav got a kuple of those cat karrier things too!!! wen we ran away frum the wildfires last yeer charlee and chaplin went into the karriers and rode sayfly owt of harms way up to the mithikal sitty of anaheim!!! i shoor wuz happy to hav my kitty frends with me to mayk me feel mor komfortabul and it cudnt hav happend withowt the karriers so i gess the karriers ar indeed not just for trips to the vet!!! ok bye