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Thank you so much for the outpour of social media inquiries about our safety. We are Hurricane Dorian ready and we’re staying home!

My personal storm watchers

I know, I know, I know what you’re thinking. I was once “you” with those same thoughts myself. 

Before I lived in Charleston – there were many years and dozens of hurricanes that kept me glued to the weather channel, chewing my nails, wondering why these crazy people I call “in-laws” didn’t get out of there IMMEDIATELY and come to my house!


In the four short years we’ve lived in Charleston, we have experienced, Hurricane – 

Although we do live on the coastline of South Carolina, our home has never flooded in the 97 years it’s been standing…

This house has seen some storms in its lifetime

Higher elevation with the surrounding streets as well as a tall foundation on the house has kept it dry…

There’s never been an issue of flooding for us.

We would never risk the safety of ourselves or the Boys – but a CAT 2 is something the house can withstand.


Tuesday and Wednesday morning should be business as usual. Jaxson will most likely “man” his Hurricane Station Headquarters…

He takes his job very seriously

…while Harley and I handle a little pet therapy at the hospital.

Harley thinks she smells good!

Doodle walks (Tuesday and Wednesday) will be lengthy as long as it’s not raining too hard. A light drizzle they can handle because they’ve got their “city slicker” rain jackets…

Two white fluffy ducks!

I actually ordered new raincoats several weeks ago, they should have been here by now. They are pawfect for torrential downpours because the legs and chest area would have been covered. #ohwell

Watch them come AFTER this storm. For now the old ones will have to do.


I have what we need in the event we loose power. Now that they eat Ollie – fresh human grade food, I incorporated a plan to keep their food frozen for several days. 

Harley’s allergy medication can sustain us for weeks, and I have plenty of vitamins, supplements, water and treats to last just as long.

Leashes, collars, paw protection ointment along with first aid for Doods and humans are packed and ready to go!

A CAT 2 hurricane is not to be taken lightly, so I don’t. As soon as I think of something else I may need – I jump up and grab it to ensure I don’t forget.

I cannot imagine how frightening it is for those in Dorian’s path as a CAT 5, 4 and even a 3.

Should anything change and he gains additional strength within the next 48 hours, we will re-access. #trust


Look for updates from us on the Boys social media sites – 

If possible I will try and get some video coverage when I’m out there (if I’m out there) before the storm gets too intense for bathroom walks. Last year, the brunt of Florence arrived after our dinner walk and by dawn she was tolerable for a short walk.

Again, thanks for reaching out, letting us know you care and that you are praying for us. I too am praying for us – but really more for those who have and still are experiencing Dorian on a much greater, stronger level then even I can imagine. 

Take care and stay tuned…

Thanks for reading
  • Tiffany Bennett-Cuartero
    September 2, 2019

    Stay safe everyone. ❤️Take care of Mama Jax and Harley.

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 3, 2019

      They will Tiffany – Harley isn’t interested in loads of rain, so he might opt to wait and then just run out into the backyard cop a squat and then run back in. Jaxson is all about the adventure so there’s no telling where the two of us might wander off to – but we will be safe and we swim around the corner and back home for the rest of the night.

  • Dashlilly
    September 3, 2019

    So glad to hear from you. Stay safe. Sounds like you have a good plan. Look forward to hearing from you after tge storm.

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 3, 2019

      Hey Deirdre – how are you? Yes, we will keep you posted as we get through this.

  • Madison
    September 3, 2019

    Hopefully the weather people are creating more hype than reality as is often the case and you will just get some extra rain. Stay Safe!

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 3, 2019

      Madison you’re a girl that thinks like me!

  • Ducky's Mom
    September 3, 2019

    You’ve all been on my mind these last few days. Stay safe!! I saw yesterday where they made traffic on I-26 all outbound from Charleston.

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 3, 2019

      Hey there! Yes, they started that two years ago and it’s made the world of difference. No more bottle necking from folks coming further south trying to get north. It also helps tremendously with the return traffic coming south after the storm is gone. This has been one unpredictable storm but I believe we will be alright. What usually happens is our streets do not flood but everything around us does. We will probably not be able to drive anywhere the day afterwards, but we have everything we need so I’m not worried. I’ll keep you posted as we get into this on Wed night and Thursday. I promise.

  • Tails Around the Ranch
    September 3, 2019

    Stay safe! We’re sending oodles of poodles of thoughts your way.

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 3, 2019

      And I shall take them! Thanks so mcuch – we’ll keep you posted.

  • Lindsay
    September 3, 2019

    Good luck, best wishes and stay safe my friends! Will be thinking of you guys….


    • Cathy Bennett
      September 3, 2019

      Thanks so much Lindsay! How are you my friend? We will do our best to keep everyone informed as we weather through this. Many many Charlestonians are staying in their homes, we shall look out for one another. Take care, XOXOXO

  • Margaret Manos
    September 3, 2019

    So glad you all are watching the weather and being careful! I love the raincoats!

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 3, 2019

      Hello Margaret – thanks so much for stopping by. Yes, we are watching closely. I always let Lee take the lead when it comes to hurricane evacuations. He not only grew up in Charleston but he was raised in the very same home we now live in. He remembers all the hurricanes and never has this house (or the street it sits on) flooded. So when he tells me it’s okay to stay home, I trust him. I’ll do my best to keep everyone posted. Come back again soon, we love our website friends!

  • Pamela
    September 3, 2019

    Glad you have a plan. And a sturdy house. 364 days a year, your porch is just a good spot for the doodle boys to keep an eye on the street. But on hurricane day, it helps to keep your home dry.

    Hope Dorian doesn’t cause you much trouble.

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 3, 2019

      Ahoy there mate! You are certainly correct. We’re hoping for something that doesn’t cause too much trauma to the residents closer to the ocean, but you know Battery Park – it’s sitting directly across the street from the Atlantic Ocean. I’m sure they have all left – but then again, maybe not. I’ll do my best to keep everyone posted. Where are you now? Safe I pray. Hugs to Mike and Honey!

  • Jan K
    September 3, 2019

    It sounds like you have a great plan in place. We will be thinking of you and hoping the storm has died down quite a bit before it gets up your way.
    We are also thinking of everyone else in its path.
    Stay safe!! ♥

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 3, 2019

      Hi Jan, earlier coverage of the Bahamas broke my heart. I cannot even begin to imagine how to handle something that catastrophic. We are as ready as we can be, looks like we will see a lot of rain and some coastal flooding in those areas that generally flood during high tide. We are on higher ground and as the photo shows our elevation is about five feet high. I’ll keep you posted – I promise 🙂

  • Rich Henriques
    September 3, 2019

    Dear Cathy,
    Sounds as tho you’re ready. Our house has 2 doodles, 1 Labradoodle and 1 Golden Doodle. Bacon, the Labradoodle, is twitchy during a big storm. Teddy, the Golden Doodle, usually sleeps.
    We live in Amissville, VA, about 700 feet up, shouldn’t be a problem unless trees fall.

    Wishing you an uneventful storm.


    • Cathy Bennett
      September 3, 2019

      Hey Rich – thanks for stopping by. I noticed late this afternoon we started getting more coverage on the weather channel. As I walked the dogs this evening, I saw no boarded homes, no cars loaded with personal items, so I think the majority of Charleston proper are staying put. Those in closer proximity to the Atlantic ocean have probably left all ready. I will do my best to keep everyone posted via social media. Check back with us and thanks so much for reaching out!