Friday night I sat in front of the computer scared to death. I wasn’t watching a frightening video or watching stories about how the humans are messing up the world, I was reading post after post from my beloved friends who were living in the path of killer tornadoes.
Thankfully all have checked in and were spared from the storm’s wrath, but it made me realize just how fragile our hold on life, and our friendships, are. One horrible storm can cause so much havoc and devastation it is unimaginable. The names of towns become synonomous with destruction, Moore, Joplin, Oklahoma City, Rainsville, like the towns that became famous for Civil War battles: Fredricksburgh, Antetiem, Shiloh, Gettysburgh.
Practically every day we bark with our good friends Reese and Mieka from Missouri. Reese is very proud that he can howl just as loud as the tornado sirens. But his talent scares us. We never want him to use his howler because that means danger is coming. On Friday night they were excitedly waiting on word of twin family members being born in Michigan. But they couldn’t contact their family, and they couldn’t contact us, so there was a big circle of worry going on. We were happy to hear from them yesterday, but their human twin cousin is in a hospital and in need of prayers.
Then there are our very good friend Koda, Josie, Wills and Emme. They all had to pack up and leave their farm Friday night as tornadoes were headed right for it. Thankfully the twisters spared their homestead and by the next morning they were back at the farm, but for one night there were lots of prayers said in their name.
Chey’s and Kaizer’s Mom had to ride out the storm in their basement. They lost contact when the tornadoes grazed their neighborhood and all us friends held our breath. They came through the storms in one piece but the hotel where many friends stayed during last year’s Baronfest was hit. Chey’s and Kaizer’s Mom made a wise choice pushing this year’s Baronfest until after tornado season.
On Wednesday Chelsea and Junior Johnson’s family got a warning about a major tornado and had to hunker down in their bedroom. Two nights later they had to go through the same hell and then again on the 30th. Their Mom’s Facebook page became tornado central, as did many other peep’s pages.
Shakira, Napa, and tiny Travis had to go into the storm cave to wait out the tornadoes that swirled around them. It was Travis first storm but he came out fine thanks to his Mom being so calm and Angel Apollo watching out from overhead.
There were lots of other pups in the path of these terrible storms like Summer Grace whose stories we have not told. But we want them all to know we prayed very hard for them and are so happy they came through the darkness OK and pray it is a long time until they face another week like this.
For now we give you and your parents a big tip of the tail for being calmer and braver dogs then either us or our parents could ever be.
May you have nothing but sunny days for the rest of the summer.