I’m originally from Maryland. I make it a point in the winter time to send my friends back home weather reports in the dead of winter to make them aware of what they are missing. 80/sunny, 80/sunny, 80/sunny… is usually how they look.
I’ve been in Florida for about 8 years now and, somehow, have managed to avoid all but one major weather event, and if I’m being honest, the one I experienced was only “semi-serious”. All that is about to change. Florida, officially, just came under a tropical storm warning and it looks like we will be inundated with all the associated fury all week.
I can’t help but feel that karma is paying me back for torturing my Maryland brethren.
I think we should be fine, my one concern is that the dogs will not handle an intense storm well. They are already “iffy” on the normal thunderstorms that accompany the Florida summer, but those are short and pass before anxiety can build to critical levels.
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I have a feeling that this tropical storm may be a whole different ball of wax. Prolonged intensity may be an issue for our crew. Especially our foster Holden. He sticks to me like white on rice during “normal” storms, I can only imagine how he will handle the next few days.
My plan of attack is a pacifist strategy. I’ve found that paying abnormal attention to a dog that has storm/sound related anxiety only worsens the problem. So, in effect, trying to comfort them makes their issues much worse! I know this is a bit counter-intuitive but we have thoroughly tested the hypothesis with a number of storm-afraid fosters, and it works.
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I am going to fill and freeze a bunch of kongs today and tomorrow to give them something to take their minds off of the chaos, but, other than that, I don’t think we will be doing anything special for the crew.
I did make sure the pump is ready to go in the backyard. I’m not overly concerned with flooding, as our yard handled 18 straight days of rain last year without a pump. Since then we have invested in a heavy duty, high flow, setup that should be able to keep up with the storm without too many problems.
All in all, I feel ready for what nature is sending our way. Wish us luck!