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Rain from Hurricane Florence is scheduled to begin in our neck of the woods “sometime” Friday. The inconsistencies of this particular storm makes it difficult to pin-point her exact arrival. 

We are as ready as we will ever be…



That was “our question” earlier this week. It’s what everyone asks themselves when they initially hear a hurricane/tropical storm is headed their way. 

What’s the first thing I do? I call Enterprise and rent a large SUV. #everytime

The Boys need comfortable, spacious transport accommodations. When there are more than a million people all trying to evacuate – with the majority of them traveling in the same direction – time in the car can easily double… 


In emergencies such as hurricanes, the role of Commander in Chief belongs to Lee. He gives me the briefing on our next move. Lee has lived here all his life, grew up in the house we’re currently renovating and has weathered many storms. 

If he says – 

We will be fine.

I call and cancel the reservation. I trust him just that much.

We made our decision to stay on Tuesday.


As Lee does prep work around the house, the Boys and I spend as much time outside as we can on the days leading up to Florence’s arrival…


I want them to play ball, wrestle and run. My goal is to keep them as active as I can until the weather changes…


If we’re not in the park, we’re taking long walks downtown. Charleston is always full of tourists, it is nice to have downtown all to yourself… #sometimes


When it comes to hurricane preparations – the Boys have already experienced a few. So far, they’ve never seemed too distressed by the wind and heavy rain.

Based on the latest projections for our area – Florence will have weakened to either a Cat 1 or a tropical storm. 

Now don’t get it twisted, it’s still going to bring strong winds and buckets of rain. Projections for Charleston has the storm arriving on Friday (tomorrow).

Prayerfully they will chill after a week of Doodle Camp activities with me…


…and if not, I’ve got some calming chamomile doggie biscuits for them #numnum


The most common question people ask me centers around their potty breaks.

I always reply –

timing is everything.

In the past I’ve shifted/altered meals ever so slightly based on the start of the hurricane. For instance – they anticipate Florence to show up late Friday afternoon. If that’s the case, I will feed them earlier, walk immediately afterwards hopefully before the winds increase.

In the event the conditions are terrible and it’s time for them to “do their business” there won’t be a walk instead they will use the front lawn!


Everyone has been so kind expressing concern for our family through emails and social media sites. I just love you all so much for doing that. It is my intention to send updates on a regular basis with photos and videos.

Follow us on social media to stay informed with how we’re weathering this storm –

To everyone bracing for the arrival of Hurricane Florence, we wish you God’s speed…


  • Emma
    September 13, 2018

    Maybe buying a boat would be a good option. One thing is for sure, most of the time, the weather people predict the very worst and it ends up not being nearly as bad. Hopefully you just get rain and some wind, but nothing too bad happens, like having no internet. Stay safe.

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 13, 2018

      I have learned over the past three years now that the weather channels must over emphasize the conditions because of the thousands of people who live in housing that is super close to the coast and not built for this degree of wind. Thankfully I am not on the beach so I think at a Cat 1 or tropical storm, we will have strong winds and lots of rain, but I believe we will be safe. I’ll keep you and everyone else posted – PAWmise!

  • Kristin Clark
    September 13, 2018

    Thinking of you all! Thank you for the update…and the pictures of the boys in their doodle raincoats made my heart smile. Please stay safe and keep us posted on how everything is going!

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 13, 2018

      Kristan, right now we are good. Tomorrow we will take the rest of the furniture off the porch and after my early dinner walk with the boys we will lock the doors and get ready for the rain. I will try to keep everyone posted on the Boys social media pages. Thanks for thinking of us!

  • Pat
    September 13, 2018

    Stay safe. Thinking of you and your family and pray that it passes quickly. Your boys are so handsome in their rain gear. Take care.

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 13, 2018

      Thanks Pat – we’re ready. I’ve been doing an enormous amount of cooking so that way all I have to do is heat in the gas oven or stove. I’ve also got lot’s of charcoal. Prayerfully we will not loose power.

  • Pamela
    September 13, 2018

    I’m very worried for you. But I know you are much smarter than Florence. Wishing you every blessing in keeping your home and family safe.

  • caren gittleman
    September 13, 2018

    Praying you are all safe and sound!

  • Mayra Ruiz-McPherson
    September 14, 2018

    Wishing you all the very best as you and your furry loved ones fend against and through Florence! Thinking of you all.

  • Tiffany
    September 14, 2018

    Stay safe. Xo

  • Cheryl
    September 14, 2018

    I’m so glad you have a plan and are prepared for what comes your way. I only pray all the pets are as protected as Harley and Jaxson!
    Stay safe!

  • Pedro & Alessandra
    September 14, 2018

    Sending pawsitive thoughts and hoping that you all stay safe.

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