Israeli pets are worried about rocket attacks

When sporadic rocket-attack alarms blared in his Isreali neighborhood in recent months, Lucky would often freeze in confusion as the human residents of his Moshav Gea home ran to their safe room. But during the past week, in which rocket fire and alarms have become routine for the southern community, the large golden dog jets to the shelter automatically. “He follows us to the shelter, he knows,” Kineret Rozen-Edelman, a teacher at Sha’ar Hanegev Regional High School and Gea resident, told The Jerusalem Post on Monday. “He gets up with us and runs to the shelter.”

Rozen-Edelman was speaking with the Post on Monday morning at around 11 a.m., and she was happy to have had a night of relative quiet from 1:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Since rescuing the one-and-a-half-year-old Lucky from an Ashkelon shelter about a year ago, Rozen-Edelman and her husband have been training the dog to grow accustomed to using the shelter when necessary.

Upon entering the shelter, Lucky tends to run in circles at first and then quickly settles down, and within about 15-20 seconds, both humans and dog hear a boom from outside.

“Then a few seconds after the boom, he sits down,” Rozen-Edelman said.

For full text, see “Sirens causing some pets to suffer from anxiety” In The Jerusalem Post

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