Our furry household makes it through Hurricane Irene

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Hurricane Irene finally made landfall last night a good bit up the North Carolina coastline from our home. So while it was tropical-storm windy here, with a ton of rain – we came through fine.

I’ve been through a lot of hurricanes and tropical storms in my days. This was probably the only occasion when we didn’t lose power.

Our pack ran a range of emotion in the overnight hours – from a pacing greyhound to Murphy, a young lab who refuses to let anything get in the way of playtime.

If you are still in the path of Irene, we hope you fair equally as well. Stay safe, stay inside and keep the pets close. Remind your friends and neighbors to bring the dogs and cats inside where it’s safe.

Many years ago, we found out in the middle of hurricane that a neighbor had left town, leaving their dog in their back yard to fend for itself. The wind blew a section of the fence down. When the eye was overhead, I went outside and found the dog running the streets.

I tried unsuccessfully to catch him as the backside of the eye wall struck. But fortunately, another neighbor cracked their garage door the dog ended up running in there.

Preparing for Hurricane Irene

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I had to step away from blogging for a spell, to prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Irene in North Carolina.

It’s been touch and go with the forecast track for several days, as the line move away from my hometown and back toward us. But it looks like now we could (with the emphasis on “could”) miss the full force of the storm.

Other parts of the state and those further up the coastline might not be so lucky. I hope everyone remains safe during this weekend. And I hope everyone remembers to plan for their pets’ safety.

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