It’s all over the news, Hurricane Dorian, ripped through Bahamas and now threatening the U.S. Coast. A horrible storm, if not the worst, definitely one of the worst in history. It’s not the first time I’ve seen the news reporting’s of hurricanes destroying lives and leaving a path of such destruction, it’s unimaginable to those of us living inland.
I have always cared and felt empathy for those impacted by these “acts of God”, but Dorian, unlike others, hit me harder than I expected. Why? Because it devastated the very spot that Flipflop was born 5 years ago, it devastated those who saved my dog.
One thing people don’t always realize is the islands are not a safe place for dogs, even when it’s not hurricane season. With the lack of funding to spay and neuter, strays run rapid, being viewed as “pests” they are beaten, poisoned, tormented and worse by some. And then there are the others on the island, that work to rescue and save as many dogs and cats as they can.
So with Dorian approaching, many who I consider friends and extended family, went into action. There is a story that went viral about Chella Phillips, who took in 97, bless her! My own friends worked tirelessly to remove dogs from the line of the storm and relocate them to safer havens throughout the island. Everyone did what they could. I checked faithfully on my extended family, those who saved Flipflop 5 years ago, and allowed me become his momma.
Angie, after ensuring all the dogs on Puppy Island were out of harms way and safe, took her own furbabies and left for Nassau with her husband. But before doing so, gave supplies to all that decided to stay behind. Angie is one of the most amazing women I know, not only was she directly involved in saving Flipflop’s life, she has saved and re-homed hundreds of street dogs. I was blessed to meet her a few years ago and thank her in person for bringing Flipflop to me.
And then there is Marlana, who was Flipflop’s foster momma. Upon Angie introducing us via social media, Marlana went through her photos and sent me all she had of my baby when he was in foster care with her. She has now fostered over 200 dogs and still demonstrates how special each foster is to her. She and I keep in touch and I love sharing Flipflop’s amazing life with her.
Dave, another advocate for animals was last heard from securing his three dogs and himself prior to the storm hitting.
And then it came………….as it pounded Flipflop’s home land and so many strangers I have come to love, my heart wept. I know everyone did their best to get strays off the street but I cried for how many strays loss their lives. My greatest want in life is for every creature to know love. How many animals lost their lives to Dorian without knowing the kindness that many humans are capable of? I cried.
The storm passed and then the wait started…………….YAY Angie posted, she and Steve are safe, whew, so glad to hear. I stocked Marlana’s Facebook page, every 10 minutes, waiting for an update, one day passed, then two. My good friend Sarah (fellow Canadian foster momma) connected with me, have you heard anything? Do you know who is safe, who isn’t? The silence was killing us. We wept, we prayed, we hoped……………..
Finally word from Marlana was delivered through her daughter, they are ok and are safe! They survived, thankfully!
Dave? Where is Dave? It’s a bad situation and the reality is anything can happen. We still haven’t heard from Dave. There is posts going around in hopes of someone knowing where he is, that can bring word to us on his safety.
Now that the storm has passed, the waiting begins. Where is everyone? Are they safe? What is the damage? The rebuild of Bahamas, like other islands before them will begin and it will not be easy.
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