Once again, thank doG, after fearing the worst, we here in South Florida have been spared the force of a hurricane. Ike, while inflicting terrible damage on several Caribbean countries, including Cuba is expected to pass well to the south of us on his way, guess where, into the Gulf yet again.
We have been living on the edge for so long that it's hard to actually relax. We have stronger than usual winds and expect rain until Ike passes further to the west -- but nothing like what we all feared. The people in the Keys had been asked to evacuate, but that order has now been lifted, although those who left, have been asked not to return home yet.
As I said in a previous weather report -- it's such an awful feeling to feel relieved at not having to experience the storm yet knowing that others have suffered and still more will.
One bit of encouraging news: people leaving the Keys have been allowed to bring their pets with them on their way to a shelter, and the pets are being looked after in a separate location. Not quite a perfect solution yet, but better than having to choose between staying in harm's way with your pet or leaving and not being able to take him or her with you.
As for those persistent rumors, we have learned that, with no more concerns about a storm disrupting the mail, we may indeed see two newcomers rolling up to our door later this week. Just Harry's third "gotcha' day" is coming up on Wednesday -- that little goofball will be almost four -- so we may have to wait until the following week to let you all know who these newcomers are and what their intriguing past is all about!!!
xxx Wirey love from Jake the Weatherdog. Stay safe everyone!!! And remember power to the paw for our pals who are still recovering!!!
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