Guest Posts
Print|Email|Text Size: ||
Dogs Told Joplin Man Tornado Coming
Ken Ayton credits canines for saving life
Watch video to see live rescue of this small mixed breed.

Joplin resident Key Ayton was working in his garage during what seemed like a typical thunderstorm this past Sunday. It wasn't until his dogs started "going crazy," that he knew this was more than a little rain. He quickly ushered them inside then heard the tornado sirens. That extra time gave him a chance to jump in the bathtub and ride out one of the scariest moments of his life. Ayton and his dogs survived a tornado that was a half-mile wide and destroyed everything in its six-mile-long path. At least 89 people were killed; many remain missing. While rescue teams search for human survivors, local humane organizations are rescuing displaced animals. They need monetary and food donations, plus foster homes to care for lost pets and displaced pets whose owners need time to get back on their feet. A Facebook group has been started to help reunite owners with lost pets.


Julia Kamysz Lane, owner of Spot On K9 Sports and contributing editor at The Bark, is the author of multiple New Orleans travel guides, including Frommer’s New Orleans Day by Day (3rd Edition). Her work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Poets and Writers and Publishers Weekly.

CommentsPost a Comment
Please note comments are moderated. After being approved your comment will appear below.
Submitted by pat gibson | May 24 2011 |

Both of my briards are acutely aware of impending thunderstorms - but they react by staying in my immediate vicinity. The younger one (BB) has had a peculiar ability to detect earthquakes! BB became extremely distressed and agitated in a manner I had never seen. It was so unusual that I called my husband and mentioned via FB to several of my learned dog training friends. Within an hour of her behaving that way, the news of the huge earthquake in Japan was broadcast. BB calmed down nicely - no intervention on my part. I just thought it odd, as did everyone else. One friend who works in TV news jokingly said BB must be an earthquake dog - Haha. Next time she acts that way call the station and give us a headsup - haha.
So weeks go by, other smaller earthquakes happen and BB didn't seem too concerned. Of course I wasn't really watching her every minute of the day either.
BB did her Earthquake Dance again just a few weeks ago. I just thought she was being a silly dog. Surely the Japan quake alert was just a coincidence, but I posted a comment about BB on facebook. Then I turned on the TV and saw the news alert crawl: 6.1 magnitude quake in Peru. BB was herself again.
Coincidence? Maybe, but my gut says that it wasn't. My friend feels the same way. I'm to call him instantly if it happens again. I know Briards are smart and sensitive, but are they that sensitive?

More in Guest Posts:
Spice's Amazing Transformation
Career Moves
Timmy's Amazing Transformation
Learn How To Train Dogs at ClickerExpo 2015
Defusing Awkward Situations
From the Streets to the Gallery, All Thanks to the Dog
Jedi Surfs
This Dog Loves Guitar!
Play Ball
Hope Needs a Forever Home