Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) ** Kingdom of Caid ** Great Western War XVIII - Oct 7-12, 2015
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Pets at GWW

GWW Pet PolicyWildlife
HorsesDogsAll Other Animals (including Ferrets, which are still illegal in CA)


Hound Coursing: Mistress Katherine of Anglesey,

Equestrian: Doña Arabella da Siena,


There are many forms of wildlife that are residents of the site. Notably, there are geese that live on the lake. Please do not pick up the geese. As a general rule, please respect all the wildlife in the area and do not harm them.

Horses of War

Bringing your destrier to war!

Traveling with horses requires plenty of planning and preparation, but knowing your horse will be safe and comfortable in a new setting will bring you much peace of mind. Make a list of essentials that you can double-check before leaving to ensure nothing vital is forgotten. Here is a start, but be sure to customize your list with items important to your four-legged friend.

Ready your equine athlete - If you plan to participate in the equestrian games, tournaments, trail rides, etc., be sure to come prepared with a horse that has physically trained for the endurance and strength required. Just like human weekend-warriors that over do it, horses can become sore or injured when asked to do activities at levels they are not accustomed to. Spend the time at home working up to a good fitness level and you’ll be more likely to come home from war with a healthy, happy horse. For more info on Caid's equestrian activities please join the Caid equestrian list:

Dogs at War!

This year (2015) there is no fee for pets (dog or cat).

Bringing your pet to war can be a big decision. Not only do they miss the familiarities of home, they are required to deal with all sorts of strange noises, large crowds, temperature changes, and more. Some deal with it better than others, so you have to decide whether they'd be more comfortable with you or at home. If you choose to bring them to war, here are a few tips guaranteed to make everyone's war better, safer, and less stressful.

Tag 'em

Despite your best efforts, your pet may somehow escape or become lost, which can be complicated by the unfamiliar surroundings, sounds, and smells. All dogs should be wearing tags with their humans' modern contact information as well as a city or county license. In addition, consider adding a tag with specific SCA/camping information that will help reunite you with your pup on site more quickly. It's easy to laminate a small piece of paper with your SCA name, household, camping space, and mobile number, then just punch a hole and slip it in with the other tags. This will help the war staff to reunite you with your pet on-site rather than sending your pet on a stressful trip to the pound.

In the event that your dog loses his collar (and all identifying tags), a microchip is an excellent way to protect your pet and make reuniting a much better possibility. It's a quick, inexpensive, painless procedure that provides incredible peace of mind. Talk to your vet about micro chipping.

In the event of a loose or stray dog, the war staff will attempt to catch and return your pet if properly marked. However, the staff has been instructed to be extremely cautious when handling stray animals. If your pet demonstrates aggression or other dangerous behavior, county animal control officers will handle it.

Pet Owners will be issued a self-stick wristband when checking into gate to secure to your pets' collars. Please label your gate-issued wristband with your complete information: SCA/Legal Name, Camp Name, and your cell phone number.

Hit me with your best shot

Protecting your pet with the proper vaccinations is not only smart, it's the law. And not only modern law, but kingdom law too! All dogs in Caid must be able to show proof of a rabies vaccination. A great way to make sure you always have this handy is to store a copy of your vaccination records in the vehicle your dog travels in.

Since your hound will potentially rub noses with many new friends at war, it's also smart to protect them with the other recommended vaccines such as: Parvo, Corona, DHLPP (Parainfluenza, Adenovirus, and canine distemper) and Bordetella (Kennel Cough). An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.


Camping out, even in civilized Caid, can expose your pet to all sorts of pests such as ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas—all of which carry all sorts of nasty stuff such as Lyme disease, West Nile Virus, and tapeworms, among others. Protect your dog with a good prophylactic like K9 Advantix. It's way easier to take the precautions and prevent infestation rather than deal with the aftermath. Your pet will thank you for it.

Bad human, no biscuit!

The opportunity to bring your pet to war is a privilege; please protect it with responsible, thoughtful behavior. By following a few common sense rules you'll ensure our 4-legged friends are always welcome at war.

Be Prepared

Be sure to pack and bring all the gear, food and water your pet will need over the weekend. Make a list you can double-check before departing. Here are some suggestions, but make sure to personalize with items important to your pet.

Ready your canine athlete

If you plan to participate in the lure coursing activities be sure to come prepared with a hound that is in relatively good physical condition. Just like human weekend-warriors that over do it, dogs can become sore or injured when asked to do activities at levels they are not accustomed to. Spend the time at home working up to a good fitness level and you'll be more likely to come home from war with a healthy, happy dog. Simply walking your dog for 20 minutes at a good pace every day plus a full out run once or twice a week will prepare your canine athlete for a war full of great coursing.

For more information on coursing or getting your dog keen on the lure, join the Caid Hound Coursing list:

All Other Animals

The only animals allowed to be brought on site are dogs, cats, and horses. (You may not bring birds, rodents, reptiles, etc. from home--Only dogs, cats, or horses.)

This year (2015) there is no fee for pets (dog or cat). Horse registration is separate from the daily pet fee.

Most of the common sense tips associated with canines will serve you well with any other pet you plan to bring to war. Make sure your pet has species-appropriate vaccines, especially rabies just in case anyone should get bitten. Pack enough food for the entire war plus two days extra. Bring the water your pet usually drinks if you can to avoid upsetting their diet. Probably one of the most important things to remember is to provide a warm, quiet, safe place your pet can retire to should he or she be overwhelmed with the war. Warmth is key, especially at night, as smaller bodies tend to lose heat faster. Please consult a vet for appropriate temperature levels you should aim for.

You'll also want to tag your pet if possible with information on how to find you should you unintentionally part company. Remember, Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area is full of wildlife that preys on small creatures. Do not leave your small pet outside (even in a cage) unattended.

Birds at GWW

No pet birds may be brought to GWW. While there are wild birds and even geese onsite at GWW, you may not bring any birds from home (whether parrots, chickens, etc.). The only home animals allowed to be brought to GWW site are dogs, cats, and horses.

Ferrets are Illegal in California

You may not have Ferrets with you at GWW. They remain illegal in California. Please see the following California laws.

Illegal Pets in California
These are examples of animals that are not permitted to be imported or possessed in California as pets (California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 671).

Links to California Laws and Regulations Regarding Domestic Ferrets


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