Hurricane Cats

Written by Michael LaRocca

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Daddy smiled. "Was it around nine o'clock?"

"Well yeah, Jim, I believe it was."

Daddy laughed. "You're lookin' at El Diablo. I chased those Mexicans off my land."

"Well hell, Jim, if I'd a known they was yours I'd a sent ‘em back."

But remember, Bill Ball loves his cats.

Hurricane Floyd,repparttar fifth and final one I saw in Watha (North Carolina), wasrepparttar 147848 worst. It came onrepparttar 147849 heels of Hurricane Dennis, a rather weak one that hit us twice. The land was already flooded andrepparttar 147850 river was seeping overrepparttar 147851 banks. Then came Floyd. Not only was it destructive, but it hovered a while, raining and raining.

Bill Ball lives half a mile fromrepparttar 147852 river, which was higher than anyone remembered it being before. Whenrepparttar 147853 road was under water, he crossed it to get his cats. He left them onrepparttar 147854 porch, where they stayed for a while. Then they went underrepparttar 147855 house, a favorite spot, and he forgot about them.

Hours passed, andrepparttar 147856 river kept rising. Nobody inrepparttar 147857 area had power at this point, and there was quite a bit of property damage. Meanwhile,repparttar 147858 rains kept coming. Bill and his wife were sitting inrepparttar 147859 house, waiting it out by candlelight, when they heard an awful howling. It wasn'trepparttar 147860 wind. It sounded terrible. It was coming from beneathrepparttar 147861 floor.

"The cats!"

Bill ran outside. The water came up to his waist, maybe higher. He waded over to a place where a pipe led from somewhere outside to beneathrepparttar 147862 house. He pulled asiderepparttar 147863 plastic and insulation that blockedrepparttar 147864 hole, but both cats were too large to fit through it. He rescued a third cat, whose name I don't know.

Bill rushed intorepparttar 147865 house, now thoroughly soaked. The screaming was terrible. Clipper and Keebles had maybe an inch of air, andrepparttar 147866 water was still rising. These wererepparttar 147867 screams of two cats who were drowning.

"Oh God, Bill, do something quick! Do something!"

Bill looked at his floor. His gorgeous, polished hardwood floor. It had his initials burned into it with a circle around them, I think. I never saw it myself, but I heard that it was a real work of art. He was so proud of that floor.

"Well," he decided, "It's probably ruined anyway."

Bill got his chainsaw and cut a hole inrepparttar 147868 floor to save his drowning cats.

I told you, Bill Ball loves his cats.

Michael publishes a free weekly newsletter, WHO MOVED MY RICE?, which is dedicated to proving that you can't eat grits with chopsticks.

Pugs Complete Profile

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Grooming: Pugs don't require much grooming with their short coats. The loose hairs can be removed with a rubber brush andrepparttar facial creases should have lotion applied to them every now and then.

Exercise: Pugs enjoy playing and roaming about and don't need too much exercise. Due to their short muzzles, their breathing can become somewhat restricted if over-exercised or kept in hot weather. Therefore light exercise is recommended and having a cool, shady area available during summer.

History: Pugs have evolved from Chinese Buddhist monasteries and were depicted on scrolls as far back as 400 BC. It is thought that they made their way to Europe (in particular to Holland) withrepparttar 147736 Turkish fleet in 1553 or withrepparttar 147737 Dutch ships inrepparttar 147738 China trade. Pugs became established in Holland and then later in Germany where they gotrepparttar 147739 name 'mops' (angry looking). In Italy they were known as a 'Carlin'. Duringrepparttar 147740 Napoleonic times it was a fashion statement to own a Pug.

Additional Comments: Most Pugs snore due to their short muzzles. The Pugs tail is made up of several small vertebrae that formsrepparttar 147741 final length ofrepparttar 147742 spine. The coiled tail is characteristic ofrepparttar 147743 Pug and forms a single or double spiral that is held tightly overrepparttar 147744 hip. The double curl is considered to be ideal.

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