As dog parents, we have learned to tolerate the one feeling that leaves us with uneasy thoughts in our minds and heavy hearts, and that is the feeling of the unknown.
Why did my dog lunge at my neighbor’s dog so uncharacteristically?
How come my dog just vomited three times in a row?
What did my puppy just eat off the sidewalk?
The unknown is something we face every single day in various degrees, yet we never become accustomed to it. We just learn to accept it as the trade-off to living with the loving canines we often refer to as our fur kids!
I have been away from this blog and from social media these past few days because Taylor and the rest of her family had to live through a couple of days under the cloud of the unknown because her Nana currently resides in Tacloban City in The Philippines and had to live through the eye of Typhoon Haiyan last Friday. (Note: Within The Philippines, Typhoon Haiyan is referred to as Typhoon Yolanda.)
Taylor’s Nana and Mommy
Every Saturday and Sunday, Taylor expects her mommy to be either in front of her computer completing her freelance commitments or puttering around the apartment as she forces herself to clean it. However, last weekend, I did not see very much of Taylor because I was at my parents’ house watching both my mom and dad call news agency after news agency and email Filipino relative after Filipino relative in desperate attempts to locate my grandma. We were all glued to our laptops as we checked Facebook constantly for news, clues, and messages from others who were also looking for loved ones. You see, Taylor’s extended Filipino side of the family live throughout the world, from California to New York…Scotland to Cambodia…and we were all living under the cloud of the unknown.
We watched news footage of the Typhoon Haiyan tragedy, but that just exacerbated the fear that we all had for our loved ones, but were afraid to express verbally.
We were not able hear about my grandma’s whereabouts until Monday morning. Thankfully, she had the means many years ago to make her home typhoon-ready, as it is now predominately constructed from cement. She is doing well, and due to the overwhelming generosity of the previously mentioned Filipino relatives, she was picked up and driven out of Tacloban City and is currently in the city of Cebu. My mom was able to talk to her for the first time since the typhoon last night, and she mentioned to me that my grandma is in good spirits.
Now, I’m sure that all of Taylor’s buddies are feeling extremely overwhelmed by all the news coverage about Typhoon Haiyan on television and online. Please be aware that what is being told to you is not an exaggeration. The people of the Philippines have always been a loving and strong-willed society, so seeing them break down into an environment of chaos just breaks my heart to no end. Please consider making a donation to your favorite non-profit organization that is currently providing relief aid in The Philippines, such as The Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, and The Salvation Army.
We must also think about the displaced and injured animals that live in The Philippines. The wonderful teams behind The BlogPaws Disaster Response Network and World Vets are providing us with this valuable infographic that describes how a donation to World Vets will help them in their quest to improve the health and well-being of all animals affected by Typhoon Haiyan:
Any amount that you can donate to this amazing organization will be greatly appreciated!
So, one unknown has been answered: my grandma is ok. Now, another unknown hangs in the balance: how will The Philippines bounce back? Only time will tell. I do know that we all tend to come together and rally for the betterment of our disadvantaged community whenever a tragedy of this magnitude occurs. Hopefully, the neighbors of The Philippines, with their kind and loving hearts, will be able to give them a boost as they begin their journey towards recovery.