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Saturday, September 14, 2013

How to Create a First Kit for Your Pet-Free Pet Prep Downloads

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

For Independent Minded People!

ISSN 2161-5543


"Any society that needs disclaimers has too many lawyers."
-- Erik Pepke

From The Smiling Dog Saloon Files



In This Issue:

1.        DIY First Aid Kit for your pet

2.       Make your own hard cider

3.       Teach your kids to shoot

4.       Survival Gold-Vaseline!

5.       We all want more online privacy

How to Create a First Aid Kit for Your Pet – Free Pet Prep Downloads

Pet emergencies are critical health crises that need immediate medical intervention. Having a pet first aid kit handy is recommended for all people who own pets -- it may very well buy your pet critical time until veterinary care can be sought. Many of the supplies you will be using to create your pet first aid kit will also be handy in case of human first aid needs.

What Should Your
Emergency First Aid Kit Contain?
You can purchase pet first aid kits or make one yourself. A plastic tote is good for storing your kit. It is advised that you make not one but two kits: one that will be in your house and one you can keep in your car.

Your Kit Should Include:

  • Batteries
  • A Flashlight
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Sterile gauze pads and bandages
  • First aid tape
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • A muzzle
  • A leash
  • A splint
  • Styptic powder to stop bleeding
  • Pepto bismol
  • Prescription medications (for you and your pets)
  • Sterile latex gloves
  • Eye wash
  • A book on human and pet first aid
  • Mineral oil
  • Buffered aspirin
  • Benadryl
  • A blanket
  • A large bottle of water
  • Self-activating hot pack
  • Self-activating ice pack
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Copies of veterinary documents
  • Thermometer

Whenever possible, a cell phone with service that can reach 911 in case of emergencies with the phone number of the nearest emergency vet programmed is a great addition to your emergency first aid kit. Check your batteries periodically to make sure that they are ready to go when you need them in an emergency.

Giving First Aid to Pets
Now that you've created your kit, what will you do with these supplies in case of an emergency? Some pet hospitals offer
courses in pet first aid, as do many branches of the Red Cross.

Courses are usually fairly inexpensive and are typically only one or two days long. Many courses will include a pet first aid book -- if yours does, keep it with your first aid kit.

Just as your pet first aid kit will contain many items which are valuable in human medical emergencies, many of the topics covered in a pet first aid class will mirror those taught in a human first aid class, like performing CPR, helping an animal who is choking, recognizing and responding to signs of shock, cleaning and bandaging wounds, splinting, assessing vital signs, and insect and snake bites.

Prepared And Knowledgeable Saves Lives
The time and expense invested in creating a first aid kit and learning how to use it effectively in medical emergencies can very well save the life of a loved one, two or four-legged. You do not need to create separate first aid kits for the pets and people, although separate first aid training is advocated for human and pet first aid emergencies. Recertification is critical and recommended at least every two years. Get certified in pet first aid and create your
emergency first aid kit today. Your family will thank you for it!

Read more about
cat health and first aid and life with cats on

Free Pet Preparation Reports you can download…



PM’s Roundup of Useful Resources…

How to Make Homemade Hard Apple Cider

Brewing hard cider from nonalcoholic (sweet) cider is a simple process, and because you can alter several parts of the process to fit your preferences, the inebriating end product is especially delicious. Follow these steps to make hard cider of your own.

Welcome to the Homebrew Helper's Hard Cider web site! This site was created to help you with your first adventures in hard cider making, even if you have never brewed any wine or beer before. I was first bitten by the cider-bug after I had been pressing and putting up my own wine for 40 or so gallons. My sister had returned from college at Oxford, and was missing the fantastic hard ciders you can find with ease all over the UK. I read over dozens of brew sites and blogs, and then I took the plunge with a few gallons of sweet cider from the health food store. Wine makers are often intimidated by carbonation--and stories of exploding bottle bombs, so I was surprised and delighted at how easy (and quick) making hard cider is.




Online Coupon Resources…Use them to save money on your pantry stockpile!



I’ve written about how I’ve switched to using PRI-G over Stabil a while back and probably have a previous video or two about it but for those who are new here, the following video is about using PRI-G to stabilizer your long-term gasoline storage. I think it’s a better product that works better and is…



We all want to keep our kids safe and without a doubt the best way to do that is to teach them proper firearms handling techniques and, of course, to respect them. Here’s what SensiblePrepper has to say about it……


Lists plenty of useful reasons to keep good ‘ol petroleum jelly on hand……


Inexpensive alternatives to storing household goods
read more here


The Nanny State-We love our government

Cui ci sono dei mostri (here there be monsters)


EPA goes paramilitary as it conducts armed raids with ‘POLICE’ jackets, checking for water quality

‘In what is another example of gross regulatory abuse, a squad of Alaska enviro-agents wearing POLICE-emblazoned body armor and dressed in paramilitary garb recently “raided” a small community for the purpose of – wait for it – checking the quality of water.

According to the Alaska Dispatch newspaper, which reported on the incident Sept. 3, “agents with the Alaska Environmental Crimes Task Force surged out of the wilderness around the remote community of Chicken wearing body armor” and jackets, leaving residents stunned, confused and most likely a little ticked off.


The Next Event: Destruction on a Massive Scale

To the untrained eye, it would appear that the masses are waking up. People are becoming more informed. Local news stations are talking more about what used to be called “conspiracy theories”. Our opposition to further war in the Middle East has been noted and a crisis in Syria has been temporarily averted. The United States public seems to have achieved a small victory, right?

To the trained eye, this is called diminishing returns. The old tactics used to deceive and manipulate the emotions of the public have become less effective over time. Does this mean that we are winning the fight, or that something more sinister is on the way?  More at:



The Parting ThoughtNot to worry in the land of the free!


Dear Unconcerned Citizen…


We All Want More Privacy Online…

It's a good news/bad news situation. The good news is that a pair of studies show that more people are concerned about digital security, and are taking steps to keep themselves safe online. The bad news is that they don't believe things will get better any time soon. And there's worse news.

The Good News
According to a report released yesterday by the
Pew Research foundation, 86 percent of Internet users "have taken steps online to remove or mask their digital footprints—ranging from clearing cookies to encrypting their email." Though that last point has been rendered moot, it's heartening to see that a large percentage of people are not only concerned about their privacy but being proactive about it.

These results seem to match those found in another study by security company AVG Technologies.  They found that 88 percent of nearly 5,000 respondents across several countries were not happy about providing personal information in return for a service—which is basically the model on which several popular mobile apps and web-based services work.

Best of all, 72 percent of people told AVG that they had stopped an application from downloading because it had asked for access to personal information. In a press release, AVG said this indicates "a strong sense of unease at the amount of personal data consumers are being asked to forfeit."

Both of these studies refute the belief that consumers aren't paying enough attention to app permissions, and security in general. Rather, they show that modern consumers (you, gentle readers) are educated about the risks and are looking for solutions.

The Bad News
Unfortunately, there's a big downside to both studies. Along with increased consumer concern about privacy, Pew found that many of those surveyed had a negative experience from the exploitation of their personal information. This ranged from having an
online account compromised (21 percent) to stalking or harassment (12 percent) to being placed in physical danger (4 percent).  Pew doesn't directly make the connection, but it's possible that people are concerned because they, or someone they know, have been hurt.

Likewise, AVG found a rising sense of cynicism among respondents. 72 percent told AVG that they felt technology would become more helpful in the future, but 69 percent also felt that it would become more invasive. Relatedly, the study found that 46 percent had "increased concerns about their privacy and a higher distrust of companies and their ability to protection individual's personal data."

It Gets Worse
There's a number of ways to interpret the data from these two studies, but it's hard to ignore a sense of helplessness that hangs over the responses. People, it seems, are worried about their privacy and want to do something about it, but they don't seem to think it's really possible.

"Users clearly want the option of being anonymous online and increasingly worry that this is not possible," said Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center's Internet Project in a press release. "Their concerns apply to an entire ecosystem of surveillance. In fact, they are more intent on trying to mask their personal information from hackers, advertisers, friends and family members than they are trying to avoid observation by the government."

It's those advertisers that have helped pay for the app revolution on smartphones—an issue we've touched on before. Though AVG's research suggest that is changing, users may not even be aware that the apps they download are harvesting their data.

The creeping intrusiveness of technology irked Judith Bitterli, Senior Vice President of Marketing at AVG, as well. "This is certainly not the original vision of those who created the Internet and with particular concerns being raised about data sharing; there is a clear question over just how long consumers will be willing to put up with the current status quo."

With wearable, always-on computing technology becoming increasingly popular, the conflict between privacy and the information economy may be coming to a head.

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