The winds came, the fence was down. I wandered away, hiding in a shed from something called “Irma”.
So much pressure, the puppies would not wait. When they found me, I was holding up a large board, protecting my clan.
They gave me a new name. Atlas.
Photo courtesy. Orlando Sentinel.
These pups were born in a shelter in Orlando, Florida days after Hurricane Irma. Experts note that the force of the wind in these events will erase scent markers, leaving pets unable to find their way home.
Thanks to Sarah Brentyn for her 50 word challenge for hurricane relief.
Atlas – lol! What a darling photo and story, Van. GREAT response to the prompt. Just linked to mine.
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Thanks, M. Atlas was seen as male in Greek mythology, but strength knows no gender. I don’t think she would mind.
Perhaps she’ll start a trend. 🙂
I love that picture and the short wording that was written from the dog’s view. It is sad when they can’t find a scent trail back home, you can imagine the panic and loss they must feel.
So many end up as strays after a major storm, Ron. Luckily, most are sent to no-kill shelters, to be found by the owners or adopted. Thanks.
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It was one of my favorite pics after the storm. Thanks for sharing, Madelyn.
Atlas. That’s heavy and happy all at once. A beautiful share. I’m not crying, you’re crying. 😛
Aww… We have a tiny Shih-tzu in the neighborhood named Atlas. I stole the name from him, and the Greek legend.
A touching story, Van. This momma did a fine job. Thanks so much for participating in Sarah’s challenge.
My pleasure, D. So good of you to match her pledge. Thanks for that.
I’m glad to see that they survived!
It was nice to see a happy story come out of this tragedy. I was moved by the photo, Rob.
Aw! This is so sweet. A wonderful take on the prompt. Thank you for joining in to help! 💕
So glad to participate, Sarah. Thanks again for the challenge, and for Diana’s matching funds.
Wow, such a touching take and what a fantastic name!!
Atlas…tasked with holding up the sky. Thanks, Erika.
Simply amazing!!! A fairy tale!
This was a lovely story, Van. 🙂
Thanks so much, Judy.
A touching story! Thank you for telling!
Thank you for the visit and comment, and I love your name, Cecilia. She was the patron saint of my elementary school, and one of my favorite Simon & Garfunkel songs !
A heart strengthening tale Van. Thank you!
My pleasure, Val. Glad you enjoyed.
Great sense of love, Van. Truly.
In every species..so evident, Mark. Thanks.
I never knew about the scent trail being lost in a storm. I am so glad there are good people taking care of animals in such situations. 🌼
With each major disaster, they seem to pay more attention to abandoned pets. I didn’t know about the wind effect either, Brigid.
A very beautiful piece.
Thanks so much.
I know…survivors ! Thanks, Nimi.
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Great to know these puppies are safe along with new Mum and new name Atlas ,, And yes there must be many pets that are lost or whom have also died during this horrendous storm.. So many still suffering..
A lot of humane organizations stepped up years ago when pets were abandoned during Hurricane Katrina. Lives lost, lessons learned. Thanks always, Sue
Yes, thank goodness there are such charities xx
Just covered in goosebumps and with tears. Oh wow how this post touched my Heart. Beautiful share, Van. 🐾💞
And this I write here …. it is my sister who I spake of today. I have closed the door and said goodbye. That is why your words got me crying. She really never accepted me for who I am, just tolerated me. No more. (((HUGS))) for seeing me, Van! 🌹
I understand, Amy. It’s so hard when it is family, makes the reality even worse. But, you do what you have to do. Life is too short for anything else. I had to give up on a sibling years ago, for my own well being. I tried to make it work, it just did not. No regrets, no guilt. Hugs back to you.
I so get what you wrote here, Van. I too have no regrets. I did my best and now it’s time to move on. (((HUGS))) XO
Always the animal advocate, Amy. Glad you enjoyed it.
Love the photo and story
Yep. That photo really caught my attention, Lynn. Thanks.
Beautifully written. I love that photo!
So do I, and thanks, Robert.
Your story is a sweet one. And the photo of the pups is, of course, adorable. I’ve had fun reading what everyone wrote for this challenge.
I know. I enjoyed the entries too ! Thanks, Ally.
Beautiful contribution Van. ❤
Thank you, Deb.
What an adorable image. I hope the pups stayed safe and didn’t get lost.
The pic was published in a Florida newspaper, I’m suspecting there were/will be adoptions.
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Very touching and I hope that pups have or will find a good home. This is lovely take on the challenge.
I hope so as well, Eugenia. Thanks.
Such a lovely thought! An outcome of a storm we never consider. Beautiful puppies.
Since Katrina, they seem to be paying more attention to the problem. They are beauties. 🐶
Awww! This is a really great piece.
Glad you enjoyed. Thank you, Robbie. 🐶
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