There’s thousands of rescue stories with any natural disaster but this one, Floating Mattress Saves Louisiana Man And His Two Dogs, is a personal one because I this man, sat next to him and heard his heart; I didn’t see it on the news or read about it in a newspaper.
This born and raised southern Louisiana man was in the Lamar Dixon Expo Center arena, where the LSART, Louisiana State Animal Rescue Team, had set up their animal refuge and shelter area. He sat off to the side, away from all the action. Sweat rolled down his happy face and occasionally he’d wipe it off with the white hand towel he kept in his pocket. The little he had on leash looked happy and content.
The area we were in was the holding area for two groups of pets: one being all the pets belonging to the people in the Red Cross shelter and the other group which consisted of the pets of Louisiana shelter workers, veterinarians and people actually working with LSART. All of the pets are owned and the Red Cross evacuees have to come over twice a day at the very least to take care of their pets. That’s why this man was here.
When I finished scooping poop in the large arena I walked over to these two happy fellows and introduced myself. We started chatting and laughing immediately. I told him why I was there, where I was from and about my business. He asked my opinion about Care.com and said he thought about offering dog boarding on occasion, for the extra money. I gave him my opinion about that site, gave him other ideas and places he could post ads, plus gave him some pointers on how to be successful.
He told me about his past dogs, how he came about getting this little girl, “Ete”, which means summer in French and that he had a tradition of naming all his dogs French names, particularly after seasons; currently he has a ‘winter’ and ‘summer’.
This is a recount of his flood experience: On the first night the rains started, he watched the news but like many Louisiana people, he thought it would pass. Little did he know how bad it would get.
Floating Mattress Saves Louisiana Man and Two Dogs
In the middle of the night he woke up to water creeping over the top of his mattress. Luckily his little French companions were beside him seeking dry land or they might’ve drifted away!
Just in the nick of time his neighbors floated by in a canoe, looked in his window and saw movement. They knocked on it to get his attention. He quickly gathered up his medicine and important items and raised the window, pushed one dog out, then the other, both dogs went for a little swim before getting lifted into the boat. Then down the river, err road, they went. They came to the Red Cross Shelter and he hopes to find another place to live sooner rather than later.
He made it out with just the clothes on his back, his medicine, glasses and two dogs; thank goodness for neighbors!
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P.S. Read how a dog named Mader survived the flood by finding refuge on a Harley Davidson motorcycle seat – click here!