The Rescue Ranch is in the greater Houston area and yes, we experienced Imelda or what felt like the rains that lifted Noah’s boat out of the water in biblical times! Thank God, we are all OK–emotionally, spiritually and physically–dogs, people and property. Many others were not so lucky though.
We knew there was a storm coming and while we keep sandbags and plastic sheeting handy to block the doorways outside, we didn’t have to use it. We are in a little “island” of properties that seem to be protected–while the area around us gets high water in the streets mostly. The buildings and homes have not flooded were we are. We can’t get out of this small area though–the roads are blocked off to stop people from leaving and winding up under water!
The rain came down so hard and fast–and thick–that it blocked the air conditioning unit outside from working–and it was starting to whine and sound very stressed so it had to be turned off. Anyone in the southeast knows that keeping the inside free of humidity and heat is very important to more than our comfort. While we keep it between 75-76 degrees to keep the bills down, we cannot just open the windows for fresh air and cooling. There is none to be had! The air outside turns inside hinges to rust in the house, brings mold and can wilt anything in a day or two. We were told by the builder, when we first moved in, to never open the windows and to decide on a a/c temperature we could live with and keep it on and steady–always. (We also run two dehumidifiers 24/7 as well.) I love sleeping with the windows open at night and so this was a real adjustment for me not being able to.
For storms and very hot days, I keep ice blocks and frozen ice bottles in the freezer and have battery-operated fans to keep the dogs cool in case the electricity goes out as it often does. If it gets really really hot, I put a cold facecloth or towel (depending on the size of the fan) over it to blow the cool air at the dogs. I also keep a bathtub filled with cool water and can add ice to it if need be to cool off our feet or the dogs!
The dogs have never heard rain like we just had in Imelda. Even Harvey was a multi-day event and we had lots of notice that it was coming. There was panic in the dogs’ voices and barks but with reassurance and calming chews, they all gnawed on a bone until they calmed down. I stayed up to comfort the animals, just listen to the rain and the sirens (and pray for those in trouble) and just pray prayers of protection. I never get upset with storms–they always remind me how powerful God is and I appreciate it and just am in awe more than am frightened by it all.
We lost the television signal and the phone and internet right off the bat. I wondered how would we call out if there was an emergency! We had no idea for a good day or so what had happened to the area. Even my radio was not getting reception because of the thickness of the rain and quantity of lightening I think.
The lightening was and still is very dangerous right now. We have ground lightening–which means when a lightening bolt comes down from the sky that one from the ground goes up to meet it in the middle. We also have side to side lightening that is about five to six feet off the ground. It is very dangerous and when an animal won’t come in when it starts, you have to go out to get it. I had to go get Big Mandy, the St. Bernard, one year who was stuck on the side yard. I had to run down low to make sure we didn’t get hit by the side-to-side lightening and hope that the ground lightening didn’t start just yet. It was counting on faith and a “Grace of God” moment.
People were stranded on the highways going across the area and north and south. Just two days prior, we had been on those highways to the city, anticipating the rain that was to come, we ran a few errands early. Thankfully. Some people have lost their lives and it makes me sad. A young nineteen-year-old man went out to resuce his horse but the lightening plus the high water caused his death. No one has mentioned what happened to the horse. Another man thought he could drive his van through the water until he hit a dip in the road that was eight feet under water and despite ten good Samaritans going in after him, he perished. Others went to farms and one by one, carried goats and led cows and horses to shelter. The water was going over the huge animals’ backs and still rising! There are more stories like that but I will just ask that you pray for the people of the area who lost their homes–again–who lost their lives, who lost their workplaces, and more.
Thank you for asking if we are OK and for praying for the Houston area. There is great power in prayer.
I think the powers that be in state government need to fix the flooding problems here. They had no zoning in the past so every inch of property in the city was cemented with roads and parking lots and buildings–leaving a city built around bayous and rivers, on the Gulf of Mexico, with no where for water to drain off so it just builds up and goes into the buildings and homes. Even the corrections that were made to fix the problems with Hurricane Harvey after August, 2017, had a negative impact on some communities that never flooded before! It is an engineering nightmare that needs to be addressed. It is just not fair for so many people to keep losing their homes and property year after year–they can’t even sell it to move on because it keeps flooding!
Sending lots of love and always Hugs from the Herd!
To help the Rescue Ranch rescue dogs…
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Mailing Address is:
4057 Riley Fuzzel Road
Spring, TX 77386
We have a dog with cancer, two dogs with congestive heart failure, one dog with serious skin issues along with lots of special needs dogs–all who need medicine, supplements and vet care never mind the basics of eating and bones for stimulation since some of them cannot even walk. We need your help in any way you can–prayers included. Thank you for caring, Especially for caring.
Just an idea of what your gifts help with:
$10 is one meal for all little dogs
$20 is one meal for the medium dogs
$20 is one meal for the big dogs
$60 is knuckle bones for all for one week
$325 is medicines for big dogs for a month
$225 is medicines for little dogs for two months
$15-25 is a Burger King Whopper-only dinner for all (or Wendy’s or McDonald’s)
$9 is bones for a day for the big dogs
$9 is bones for four days for the little dogs
$30 is a bottle of 500 ppm Silver Wings Colloidal Silver (for their water)
$35 is a bottle of Manuka Honey for those with immune system issues (caused, for instance, by being spayed too young while sick with distemper)
Medical supplies, vet bills, peanut butter for medicine balls, supplements like Manuka Honey and colloidal silver help keep the dogs with weak immune systems strong, are all extras, nevermine the chicken for those who can’t eat dog food (mouth injuries cause all kinds of problems), or fresh milk and whipped cream so the blind dogs can gauge the milk depth in the bowl, kibble, canned dog food, etc. etc. etc.
If you want to just give a gift, you can go to the top of this blog, click on the black spot and it will open to a way to get email post updates as well as a Go Fund Me link to help the dogs.