As for lessons we can take from it as viewers who spend our time preparing for disasters, etc., probably the most important thing is the realization that both physical as well as emotional exhaustion might one day represent one of the most ever-present future threats any of us might face in difficult times. Much of our little subculture concentrates on the stocking of supplies to get us through harsh times, and – while this is all well and good – what happens if your "bug-in" retreat or stronghold is overrun and you find yourself on the road with only what you can carry? The possible and perhaps probable scarcity of necessities like food, water, and fuel can and very well might take their toll. Never forget that, even though you might have a lot of faith in your own foraging and even hunting skills to feed yourself and your family and friends, other people are out there thinking the exact same thing. Expect that it is very likely any supplies you come across will already have been picked over by others and even wilderness areas might be denuded of wildlife by other hunters long before you ever arrive. Also, drought and other natural occurrences (wildfires, etc.) might exacerbate the scarcity of water and wildlife.
Normal exhaustion and even something as ubiquitous as the heat could become your enemy, if forced to "bug-out" and attempt mobile survival. In these instances, you might find it is very important to conserve energy, doing your best not to overexert yourself with unnecessary tasks. Unfortunately, remaining sedentary in such a way would actually be very difficult on the road. It will be important to find another safe place in which to rest and perhaps wait out the hottest times in the day, etc. Never forget that the idea of the Siesta came about out of necessity in those parts of the world, not mere laziness.
Another thing that you and I can take to heart from this episode is the understanding that the emotion of anger can be a powerful motivator, acting as the fuel that might be needed to keep a person going. Even someone who is ready to give up might push themselves that extra mile, powered only by their own rage, and that final mile might actually be the one that gets them to safety. The flipside of that is that such rage can also get that person and the others around them killed, if not carefully kept in check. Such truths should be something all of us strive to understand.
Anyway, the point is that there will be no choice but to shoot these dogs as a means of keeping people as well as livestock safe from them. And, as long as you've shot them anyway and been forced to expend your ammunition to do so, the upside is that they will also act as a possible food source as depicted in this episode. I'm aware that could possibly make some of you squirm a bit. I, for one, do not advocate shooting a person's own dogs for food as some others have. Things would have to be pretty bad before I would go that far. As in being on the true verge of starvation kind of bad. I have mentally prepared myself, however, for the possibility of eating even one of my own dogs if it was already dead or if the situation was sufficiently dire, and I can tell you for sure that a couple of feral dogs I might shoot will represent nothing more than protein as far as I'm concerned. You can read histories from famine times in ancient Rome that will tell you dog is very similar to pork, if prepared correctly, so take that for what it's worth. And this is coming from someone who truly adores these wonderful, loyal creatures. I don't think one of my dogs would hold a grudge against me anymore than I would hold a grudge against them for eating my body after I had passed on in order to keep themselves alive. As far as I'm concerned, you do what you must.
The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]
The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]
The Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]
The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]
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