We have power as of this morning!!!!

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Good morning all my precious friends, we have power!! There is no way I can fully express the the love and thankfulness I feel for each of you! THANK Y'ALL so much for your prayers, caring, and just checking in. Even when I couldn't post, I could read. Yesterday I had a bit of a break down. My nerves will never be the same after we lost our children, and I don't cope very well. My Mom was able to come home last evening. I feel so guilty not handling this well, when I know others are so much worse than we are, please pray for me, I don't want to be a selfish person, I just don't cope like others, this is really bothering me, I've cried so much much for the last day, I have a sore throat and a cold, I hope God understands me. It helps to be able to share this with y'all, I know you'll pray. I would love to be able to see and meet each of you, maybe some how we could plan a meet up in a central area later this year. I just LOVE you all and want you to know how grateful I am to have y'all in my life, God knew this way back, we here are so much more than just a forum, we are family. I'm here for you all, God bless each of you!! Angie

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I am so glad that everything has worked out for you and you all are safe. Don't feel guilty for being upset this has been a really hard time.for you with everything going on. Trust me god will understand. Just count your blessings for how lucky you are to.still have everything. I feel like you all are family too...I love hearing all the stories I cry when you cry and laugh when you laugh and feel frustrated when you all feel frustrated

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Glad to see you back Ang & Soph!  Please don't feel bad for not coping well, it's clear that you are a sensitive person.  This whole ordeal for you must have been very traumatic.  You DO know that many are far worse off, and many have lost their lives in these horrific storms.  It's natural that your nerves would be shot because you have this all around you and I believe you truly care.  God knows this! 

Thank goodness that your mother is better, that's such good news.

The internet is truly an amazing thing.  I feel the way that everyone on this forum feels, that we are all united, thanks to our blessed dobermans.  I have made life long friends via the internet that I've known for years (my poker buddies).  As a matter of fact, I just got a text from one of them. LOL

I am amazed how well Sophie handled the storms!  The change in the electricity in the air when a tornado is about to strike is palpatable, I get goosebumps just remembering it.  Fancy goes off the hook when it's storming.  She doesn't get scared, rather the opposite, it's zoomie time to the hilt! Lots of love coming your way from me and Fancy.    Wendy

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So glad that you are all ok, Angie.  With all that's happened to you, it's totally understandable why you say you aren't coping well, and I think that if I were in your shoes, I'd be feeling the same way.  Things will get better, just hang in there.

I've made some great friends thru the internet, and in fact, the Rat terrier people that we started out knowing through a forum similar to this one has taken us to Tennessee for three years to meet up with people that we chatted with and shared dog stories and photos of for years....it's like when we get there and actually meet people and their dogs that we've only known through the computer monitor, it's like we have actually known each other for years.   My family has even gone on vacation with a few people that we have met through online groups that we share common bonds with (dogs, naturally) so  I think your idea of a central Gentle Doberman meetup is a goal we might actually try to achieve someday. 

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Angie, you are so sweet.  I don't think God ever expects us to have it all together.  We all pull for you and pray for you and love you just the way you are. 

So glad you guys have power and are safe. 

And wouldn't a meet up be SO cool!!!

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Angie, you are so sweet.  I don't think God ever expects us to have it all together.  We all pull for you and pray for you and love you just the way you are. 

So glad you guys have power and are safe. 

And wouldn't a meet up be SO cool!!!

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Angie and family, great to hear your mom is better and you have power!! I'm sure you are doing your best under all the devastation. I think it is quite normal to have a few mini breakdowns. It's a coping tool. A stress reliever. Usually comes after the episode. The reality hits after things begin to level. I thank God that you all are ok. What a horrific trauma to so many. Bless you all.

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I can fully understand as well. I remember when my late sister's house got hit by a tree in Hurricane Rita. It hit over her bedroom and the noise woke her up. There was limited damage to the roof, and no water was coming in. Since she was up, she went into the kitchen and noticed the lights were on in a neighbors house. She called them to see if they were ok, and they had just made several pots of coffee in case they lost power. Sis decided to do the same and lost power shortly after the pot was finished. She called me several hours later.

She was ok and stated that although the power was off, she still had telephone service and was going to stay in the house.

Several hours after that she called me again, and was a different person. Sitting in the darkened house in the rain, not knowing what was going on was getting to her and she said he had to get out of there. I told her to pack up, and come on over. It took her a day and a half, and stayed about three weeks.

I remember when Francis hit, and I lost power. There is something very upsetting about that for you can't conduct life as normal. I could not settle down. I always like to be doing something, so sitting in the dark listing to the rain is not something I am comfortable to do. The loss of normality and lack of control over your shedule and life is very traumaic.

Then you had the added stress of going out, having to travel a long distance to get supplies and seeing the destruction. Rather than feeling relieved that you were spared that, there is a certain feeling of guilt in not being hit as hard as some others. This is a normal reaction for many, it is called survivors guilt. It just means you are an empathetic person, you feel for them. When I see the images on TV, I am still stunned at the images, even after three days.

Just thank goodness you and yours are ok, and power is now restored. Give Sophapotomis a couple of scritches and hugs from me, Red and Princess.

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Angie- You are a wonderful person- Do not feel guilty for having feelings- That was some scary stuff you went through! We are all here for you and glad you are safe and that your mother is doing well.

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Angie- You are a wonderful person- Do not feel guilty for having feelings- That was some scary stuff you went through! We are all here for you and glad you are safe and that your mother is doing well.

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Thank you all for understanding! I know that God does, it's just been a terrible time. Looking forward to moving on and praying for those in need. I haven't been on long today, have an awful sinus infection, Sophie keeps "mothering" me!! BOL! I swear she knows I feel bad, she lays right next to me and has nuzzled, {gently}, the littles out of the way a few times, to get there. I expect to see her in an apron bringing me soup!! BOL!! xoxo, Soph & Ang

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That sounds so typical of a Doberman. I am working on transitioning Princess from a crate to loose overnight, and in the evening a few times, I have turned off the TV and gotten up and gone to bed leaving her sound asleep on her pad. Most of the time, about 5 minutes later, she realizes it's too quiet, gets up and comes in to check on me.

They really are a loving and nurturing creature. Even after all these years, I am still amazed by them.

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Awww, what a sweetheart! Rick, has she shown any signs that she knows Red is sick? Some dogs are just really in tune with health issues, and with our sweet Dobes being  #5 on the smartest breeds list, that's  one reason that I chose the breed for my service dog. Please give them slurps from Soph, and hugs from Adam & me!

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Dear Angie

You've been through a horrific time along with so many others in that area..You are so sensitive and it's natural to feel not only you own angst, but theirs as well, multiplying the worry and causing even more stress.

 Try to take a deep breath and be aware of the blessings that have been afforded you, no matter how small they may seem right now. I  know I know.. glass half full la la la.. (easier said than done!!)

I have some friends in the B'Ham area and was a wreck til I heard from them and found out they were alive and dealing with it as best they can.

 Glad you're checking in with us.. thank you!!It's so hard not to know.

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Aww, thank you Katie!! Adam and I lived in Mt. Brook, in B'ham when he was finishing college, after we got married. We were down a few weeks ago to see my retina specialist. I heard a Santana song this morning, and thought of you, where do you live in Baja?  I have a friend that lives in Albuquerque NM...LOL, as close as I know anyone to you. Did you see my other post to you about your book? xoxo, Soph & Ang

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OMG my friends are in Mountain Brook.. I will PM you and see if you know them!!

We are an hour South of the border town of Tijuana... The name of our community is Bajamar

Re: The Life and Times of a DoberDiva. Thanks for asking.. It's on the back burner til we complete the house. much too much going on right now with 'adding the jewelry' to the house to try to concentrate on chapters, form and stories ( although.. she sorta writes her own doesn't she?)

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so glad to hear you and your family are all doing well again.   I've never been through anything like that and can't imagnie how it must forever change you.  

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Haha... Kaitie... You just put a picture in my mind of Sofia... sitting @ the computer... tippiy-tappitying (its a new word, lolz) her little toes... writing her story.

I like storms... idk why... but I find sitting in a dark room listening to the pitter-patter of the rain on the roof and walls relaxing... the energy in the air feels thereputic and the smell of the storm the absolute best perfume. I love going outside the next morning... the sky looks bluer... the grass greener... the woods lighter... I guess I'm weird... lol

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Angie... You are a good person and I see nothing wrong with crying for the victoms of mother nature's wrath. God doesn't need to forgive you... there is nothing to forgive... you did nothing wrong.  The fact that you felt soooo deeply shows that you really care... and not many people do.

 

I hope we can get together one of thesedays.. It would be awesome just to see eachother and meet those on the other side of the screen... I feel like I've known all of you for soo long... Now I just gotta start savin for that plane ticket!!! XD

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I love you sweet friends, thank y'all so much for supporting me, and being here!! Katie, I'll check my mail! xoxo!! Soph & Ang

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Wolfgirl - I agree that sitting and listening to the rain is relaxing, but when you add a lot of lighting and heavy winds to the mix, it gets very tense.