During this rain of missiles a segment of Israeli society that the media is not reporting about are our four legged pets and farm animals.
Living on a Yishuv we have many dogs and cats. The cats hid under cars and the outside dogs howl. These poor creatures are terrified.
There are residents of the south who have left their homes because of missiles and have unfortunately left their pets behind to fend for themselves.
My friends who have dogs all say that their pets are suffering and that their behavior during this time is not their norm. Some have stopped eating, they need and want extra attention and others just bark morning, noon and night.
We have a sweet 3 year old Beagle mix that lives in the house. Patches is traumatized, suffering from anxiety from all the noise. Move a chair, she barks. Patches barks like crazy whenever there is a siren, but knows that she must run to our safe room and can’t leave until I tell her “okay, you can go.”
Across the street from us is a Moshav that has farm animals. Usually they are very noisy only in the early morning and at dusk. During the day we rarely hear them. This week, we hear the sheep and goats all day long. They too are suffering from the terror. This past Erev Shabbat, my son and I were sitting outside when we saw the sheppard bringing his heard back to the Moshav from grazing in a field across the way.
The wailing sound of the siren went off. We ran into the house. When we could go back out we saw the sheppard chasing a couple of baby sheep and heard them crying. They were petrified.
Last week, a missile exploded when it hit a barn and cows were killed and injured. The milk sold from these cows was someone’s parnassa [livelihood].
Why did I write this posting? Because I would like you to see that every segment of society, men, women, children, the young, the elderly, our pets, farm animals and strays are suffering one way or another from terror. Enough already….this is not the way to live.
We have a well trained, highly motivated air force and army that are defending our nation with pride and doing whatever necessary to STOP THE MISSILES.
They need to be allowed to finish the job for once and for all and not be pulled away before that.
Am Yisrael Chai!