We were so sad to lose our precious boy, Chef last week. Although we think he was around 12 years old (which is pretty good for a chinchilla in captivity), he's been flourishing lately so it still came as a bit of a shock. It seemed to be by natural causes; he passed in his sleep I think and I found him in his little house :(. Chef has been a great pet and we've loved him for the past 8 years. Chloe seems to be doing well without him so hopefully she'll be OK on her own.
After a record breaking July, the storm seems to have caused an increase in abandoned (or lost) dogs at the shelter. It was good to get to spend time with them on Sunday and I really feel like I am doing so much better at my work there now:)
We got to see Maddy again the weekend after Labor Day due to Hurricane Irma. We've gone through several big storms before but never anything of this size. Irma was the size of France!
Getting water and gas was tricky the week before...
But we figured it out in the end and felt as ready as you can be just in time. Juneau did a stellar job during the tornado warnings and remained calm in the closet:)
The hardest part for her was picking out 'essential' toys beforehand. She loooooves her toys!
The eye came during the night and we slept downstairs away from any windows that were taking the brunt of the winds. Juneau preferred that to the closet:)
We lost power inevitably and it was a long, scary and noisy night. But in the morning, we were happy that we didn't have any structural damage unlike for many of our neighbors (one of which had his roof shingles in our yard). Our back garden was pretty trashed though...
But we were so lucky. We drove around the neighborhood as soon as the curfew lifted and there was flooding and trees down everywhere. We did find two baby snakes who had curled up on the top of the fence...
An this little guy was washed up on our doorstep! He was still alive thankfully so we took him down to the pond. In the car...:)
Things are getting back to normal now for us but there is still a lot of work to do in our area. Hopefully that will be the last big storm that we will experience.
We dropped Maddy off at USF this week! They were really well organized and had a whole bunch of activities lined up to help the new students settle in:)
And they even provided tissues for the parents:)
We got her unpacked in a couple hours and spent some time with her lovely roomie Emma and her family which was really nice too:)
Maddy's dorm has just been built and has tons of state-of-the-art facilities like a gym, dining facility (with sushi!), laundry room, lounges etc. She is so lucky!
Maddy's dorm decor is so stylish!
I gave her a necklace with some of Bryce's ashes. I knew she'd love it!
We stayed for most of the day as did most of the parents which was really nice to see. We took a mom/daughter selfie just before I got in the car. That last hug was so hard. I didn't want to let go...
The whole day was such an emotional roller coaster but it has gotten much easier over the past few days and Maddy is really thriving already. She has also done a great job of keeping us up to date with texts and facetime is really great too:). We have also had updates on the USF facebook page - it was hard to pick her out in this photo (allegedly she's in the "F":))
Maddy even got up early to participate in the "Charge" Community Service Event on Saturday morning. We were giddy when we saw this little video on facebook:)
We are doing well too. Knowing she is finding her way helps and we are staying busy and making new plans. And Tampa is only an hour away, right??!! Go Bulls!!
On Sunday we celebrated a year since we adopted Bryce and Juneau! The foster parents sent a big box of toys, a really touching card and a beautiful frame to remember our special boy. Love those girls so much:)
We got Juneau some toys, a party hat and the best dog cake ever:)
We topped it with peanut butter and bacon - she loved it!
Cake coma face...
She took all of her toys to her bed for safekeeping...
Since she looked so cute in her party hat, we took the opportunity to get some lovely pictures...
This was my favorite pic...:)
Love that smile:)
Post party snooze...
These two are really going to miss each other...
Happy Anniversary Juneau - we love having you as part of our family so much!