Yes, I survived Hurricane Sandy. It was a nerve-wracking experience. I had stocked up on pet food, food for myself, bought the requisite new flashlight and batteries as I do for every storm that comes through New England. There was nothing outside to be picked up by the wind. There was nothing to do but sit and wait. And pray. I live inland and my house sits on a little knoll so flooding wasn't likely. We were not due to get as much rain inland but we were told to expect the winds.
Oh those winds. It sounded like a freight train when it began and it continued. And continued. And continued. Television coverage was relentless and was making me more anxious by the hour. Something banged against the house, scaring my cat. Aimee jumped up and ran faster than most thirteen-year-old kitties can move. Friends called to see if I was alright. Facebook friends asked me to post updates if I had power. Frankly, it gave me something to do and kept me connected to the outside world, the friends around the globe who were hearing about the storm on the news. I also posted tips for pet owners who had to evacuate and would, of course, take their pets. A hard lesson learned from the storm in New Orleans where pets weren't allowed to go with their owners, many died, too many never were reunited with their owners and were adopted out after they had been saved by volunteers. Some of us wrote up a plan to assure that wouldn't happen again.
I lost power twice and during the power loss couldn't reach my wifi. Fortunately, the power came back quickly each time. I finally had to change the television channel to get away from the alarming coverage as the storm cut a path of destruction up the coast.
There was a haunting feeling to being alone during the storm, except for my cat. Frankly, it proved the old adage that misery does indeed love company.
The worst of it passed last night but the winds picked up again after midnight.
I have been lucky. And my prayers were answered - there was no real destruction to my house, no trees were lost in my yard. As we know, many people have not been as fortunate. I pray for them and their families, including their pets
Causes Darlene Arden Supports
The Marcia Polimer Abrams Fund for Canine Behavior Studies at the AKC Canine Health Foundation