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Ninja saves the day and major damage from a flood!
-----What a day
we had yesterday!! It all started when my friend called and I was talking
to her and came inside from morning chores while on the portable phone
to get warmer. I came in the upstairs door and sat down next to the wood
heater. Ninja was upstairs and was frantic from the moment I walked in.
He ran up to me and ran to the door by the stairs. (Because the stairs
from upstairs to downstairs are very steep - more like a ladder then stairs
we have them blocked off with a barrier and a door so young dogs don't
fall down them). He stood there for a second and then ran a circle around
the wall and ran back to me - looked at me and ran back to the door. I
wasn't paying much attention because I was on the phone and just sort of
pushed it out of my mind figuring he wanted to go down and "see the
girls". Since I was ignoring him he ran back up to me and pushed me
good and hard with his nose - ran back to the door and started barking
and digging letting me know something was serious downstairs. I jumped
up and as soon as I opened the door Ninja charged down, with me right behind
him and he ran to our guest bedroom. Right then I saw what was wrong and
it WAS serious. Water was coming from under the door into the big room
- I opened the door and water was pouring out of the wall!! I yelled for
my mom and dad that there's a flood downstairs ! We got the pump turned
off right away and the water stopped coming in of course but the room was
flooded and it has just started going into the bathroom (which is next
door) and into the big room. Much more time and it would have wrecked a
lot of the band equipment in the big room - we got it stopped just before
reaching anything real important. Thanks to Ninja he saved major damage.
The main pipe where the water comes in from the well had broken and just
blew a hole through the wall!
a lot of damage done - and lots of clean up work. Everyone was busy racing
around trying to get stuff off the floor in the bedroom when Ninja started
whinning by the window. Poor Jewel (my Persian cat) was in that room and
she was in the window scared to death of the flood! Ninja just wanted to
let me know she was in there. Poor thing - looking at me with those BIG
green eyes. She didn't even get wet though - always the smart one she got
right to the highest place in the room and hid.
---- Using a
shovel and a bucket to get most of the water up we got out 5 gallon bucket
after 5 gallon bucket. Then we used our Rainbow vacuum which is a special
kind that can suck water up safely to get a lot more water out. It took
all morning and half the afternoon to get it cleaned up and the water pipe
fixed. Now we have fans running to help dry the room out and the downstairs
smells like a swamp! Just a small "flood" like that can really
help you appreciate what so many people in Florida went through this fall.
Ninja for being such an awesome - smart dog and for being persistent when
I wouldn't pay attention!
Everyone at Omega Shepherds
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