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Just in case the sky falls

July 25, 2011
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Here in Florida the weather changes quickly.  It’s smart to keep an eye on the skies because you just never know what’s coming.  The Weather Channel is good reporting system, as is its online presence, weather.com.  I also like the Weather Underground, especially the cool satellite radar feature.  But I don’t always think to check out these resources.  It is at times like these it is handy to have one’s personal Bad Weather Detector.  Which I do.

Meteorologist Jake

Yeah, that’s him.  Twelve pounds of weather savvy.  He begs to go out and bake in the sun all day long, but the moment you tie him out there he finds the only five inches of shade available and sits in it, looking pitiful.  And he does have to be tied if there’s no fence to provide boundaries, because otherwise Meteorologist Jake immediately becomes Indiana Jones Jake, hustling off for an adventure, no thought given to personal safety or basic obedience.

When we’re in the house we always know when he’s heard a boom of thunder because no matter where he is, he will immediately come trotting to where we are and then plop down on someone’s feet, trembling in great angst.  If the boom is very close by, he will demonstrate good tornado/earthquake self-protection skills by diving under the big desk or under a bed.  In other words, the little dog is a giant wuss.

There is a flaw in his Bad Weather Detector skills, though.  To him, ALL booms are thunder.  This wouldn’t be much of an issue if our house wasn’t so close to the Air Force’s bombing range.  We hear booms all day long, some of which are strong enough to rattle the house and tilt the pictures on the wall.  Meteorologist Jake is certain that it’s the end of the world and that Loud Aliens are coming to abscond with his spleen.  He shakes so hard his tags rattle.  It has not yet occurred to him that he’s lived with us for a year and a half and has yet to lose his spleen no matter how big the booms become.  I’ve tried reasoning with him, but Plato Jake he is not. Reason is of no value to someone who deeply believes to the core of his soul that Boom=Immediate Death.

I won’t be giving up cable or my .com bookmarks anytime soon.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 25, 2011 8:59 pm

    I enjoyed reading your post:) my sheep dog will jump a fence or break a window so he can be under my feet during thunder storms..!

  2. July 26, 2011 12:00 am

    Haha….we have one like this too, our Lady girl….she is such a buff dog, constantly guarding everything – the back yard, her food, the bread I throw out to the birds….but just let it thunder and she turns into the biggest wuss possible!!

  3. sandy permalink
    August 1, 2011 8:44 pm

    Jake and Jen Jen should hang out and comfort each other.

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