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What IF Hollywood Writers Included Pet Oxygen Masks in Scripts?

In Uncategorized on September 7, 2009 at 5:06 AM
Did you watch Walt Disney’s movie “Bolt”? It’s a cartoon about a dog named Bolt.
Bolt is a movie star who thinks his life as a super hero is real…humans insist on making him believe that. The illusion comes to a screeching halt when he is shipped to NY by mistake. He then needs to make his way back to CA as a real dog.

Without being a party pooper, there is a scene at the end where Bolt & his human “Penny” are trapped in a burning structure. Penny is saved by Bolt, of course, but she has suffered from smoke inhalation and once the ambulance takes her away she is given O2 via a non-rebreather mask (NRB) and Bolt is placed in the ambulance, on her stretcher, but with NO O2 oxygen therapy.

In the script you see Bolt affected by the smoke. The camera zooms in Penny’s NRB…

The premise of the movie is that Bolt is a real dog. And real dogs can be heros! Yet we can’t extent them the courtesy of a pet oxygen mask.

What if Hollywood writers got the point?
What if we stopped making it cool to let a dog of any size ride shotgun?
What if it was cool to buckle up the pet?
What if all K9 officers where issued super cool ballistic vests?
What if any super hero pet who rescues humans from fires could be given O2 on the scene with pet oxygen masks?

You say…with IFs…we could make cheese talk…Walt Disney CAN!

So we just need to make that IF a Hollywood option.

Guinea Pigs can be be in under water spy suits…a dog can get O2 thru a pet oxygen mask, NO? The option wasn’t there for Lassie…but it is available this decade…lets make it happen!

What’s crazier?
A Pet oxygen mask to help a super hero dog or a guinea pig night vision goggle and blow torch?

If you have any ideas, thoughts, suggestions as to how to make that happen please do share.

Wag it Out!
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Washington DC Fire Department Needs Pet Oxygen Masks

In Uncategorized on September 6, 2009 at 7:02 PM

Wag’N is wagging its best to raise enough funds to help the Washington DC Fire Department acquire 11 PET OXYGEN MASK KITS. Each kit is priced at $85. That means we need to raise $935.In this case no shipping fees are required.

GOAL IS TO RAISE AT LEAST $935 BY OCTOBER 1, 2009

There are many ways to help:
1) If you live in DC, go by The Big Bad Woof, 117 Carroll Street NW, DC • Weekdays 10am-8pm • Weekends 10am-6pm • In the heart of Old Takoma, one block away from Takoma Red Line Stop. Donations can be made in the store.

2) If you want to help, have a dog and live in Northern VA come by Bark’N Bubbles Dog Wash Herndon Saturday September 19 between 11AM and 3PM. Wag’N volunteers will wash your pooch while you relax! Price per wash is $21. A donation box will also be available.

3) You can swing by the Wag’N 4 The Cure event September 12 and/or 13 at Dogma Bakery in Arlington VA. The event is primarily about raising funds for Canine Cancer Research however there will be several ways to make donations. For more information about the event and how you can participate click HERE

4) You can also make donations online via the wagn4u.com site in two ways
a) Make a donation to O2 Fur Life Fund HERE
b) Gear Wag’N Charity Gear HERE
c) Sponsor the DC FIRE DEPT by making a kit donation HERE

5) By making a check payable to:
Wag’N Enterprises
Add “O2FurLife – DC Fire” in the comment line
and send it to
Wag’N Enterprises, LLC
Attn: O2 Fur Life – DCFIRE
795 Center St, Ste 5B,
Herndon, VA 20170

Every fire department across the country needs pet oxygen masks on their fire engine or to a minimum at least one per Battalion Chief.
Washington DC Fire needs more than 11 kits!
Due to the economy and the DC budget, pet oxygen mask kits need to be donated to the department at this time.

The 11 kits will be distributed as follows:
Each Battalion Chief will get 1 set (there are 7 Battalion Chiefs) and
Each K9 Unit will be outfitted with one set (there are 4 K9 Units).
The first goal is to get these 11 kits. Wag’N will keep raising funds for DC Fire!

Pet oxygen masks save pet lives. Just like humans pets suffer from smoke inhalation when there is a residential fire. Human masks are not the best fit (our facial anatomy is just too different). No one is asking the firefighters to choose human over animal life. If a firefighter saves a pet, that pet will need oxygen on the scene just like we do! Smoke inhalation can be fatal to all living beings! Please help us make a difference!

Remember that the pet’s life they save could be your own!
All help is appreciated!

Semper Wag’N

Welcome To The Pet Oxygen Mask Blog

In Uncategorized on September 4, 2009 at 3:28 AM

We are here to blog about fire, EMS, Police departments and Military, SART & CERT Teams,K9 Units, Search & Rescue Teams that have acquired the life saving equipment, namely Pet Oxygen Masks.

Over 40,000 pets each year die of smoke asphyxiation. Pet Oxygen masks are cone-shaped masks that can be used both on conscious pets that have suffered from smoke inhalation and pets that need to be resuscitated after losing consciousness as a result of their exposure to the dangerous toxic fumes.

This blog is brought to you by Ines de Pablo from VA based Wag’N Enterprises, LLC.

Wag’N provides pet oxygen masks to all the department types listed here above as well as individuals who need to keep their pets on oxygen therapy and breeders. Our focus though is bringing pet oxygen masks to first responders across the USA & Canada.

We are really trying to get a discussion Wag’N for all those of you fellow readers that want to learn more about:

– why departments need pet oxygen masks,

– success stories

– how to use them

– what the options are

– how to acquire them

– how to find out which departments already have them

– how you can donate

– how you can make a request for donations

– who can donate them

– misunderstandings about the concept, etc

All these topics and then some will be covered here.

If you have any questions please feel free to post. We do check to control spammers.

No use of profanity and/or insults permitted.

Semper Wag’N

Rescue Alert Stickers Are Just The Beginning

In Uncategorized on September 3, 2009 at 8:22 PM

Losing a pet in a house fire can be a devastating experience. As most pet owners leave their furry companions home alone when they go to work, pets are left to fend for themselves in the event of a house fire. Although installing ‘rescue alert stickers’ may seem sufficient to some, the pets life is not assured. Unlike humans looking to run out during fires, pets instinctively look for a hiding place to protect them from the fire.

When first responders arrive at the scene, the alert sticker will them identify a residence with pets. Please keep in mind that when that pet is extricated from the burning structure that pet will have inhaled toxic amounts of smoke, toxic fumes (from burning rugs, carpets, household chemicals, plastic, etc) and will suffer from Smoke Inhalation. First responders will need to provide pure oxygen on the scene before transport to that pet in order for it to have a change at recovery. Smoke inhalation kills people and pets. We all have lungs!

So get your Alert Sticker but remember to provide your first responders with this additional tool for their toolbox, namely the Pet Oxygen Mask Kits. That will truly make a difference in your pets chances at recovery.

Pet Oxygen Masks can resuscitate animals suffering from smoke inhalation. They can be used on dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, even birds and they are the perfect solution for emergency responders. We encourage you to support your local Fire/EMS and Police Departments with donations to help them acquire such necessary equipment.