Tag: hurricane irene

A Dog Named Sherlock Seeks His Watson


Hurricane Irene didn’t stop the Maryland SPCA from taking great care of its four-legged residents. Aileen Gabbey, from the SPCA, told us they were able to continue spaying and neutering with the help of a small generator, while they were out of power for two days. Gabbey also said some lost pets even found their way to them after the hurricane hit.

With everything back on track, the organization continues to focus on finding homes for unwanted but wholly adorable animals.

If you’re in the market for a lovable new pet, consider two kitten brothers, Frankie and Johnnie. They are five months old, love to play together, and are hoping to be adopted together. Frankie and Johnnie are handsome, sweet, and outgoing kittens who would purr to be part of a family.

Another good-looking fellow looking for a home is Moe Moe the cat. Come on…how awesome is that name? Moe Moe is 10 years old and found himself at the MDSPCA, our donated media partner, when his owner could no longer take care of him. He’s sweet, laid-back, and very affectionate.

Dog lovers out there, please dig Sherlock. He’s been looking for a home for quite a while. Sherlock reached the MDSPCA with a mysterious wound on his back that seemed to be a burn. He was accepting and tolerant of the care it required. Now it’s completely healed. He’s an active dog ready to be adopted by an active owner who will love him, and accept enthusiastic love in return.

Hurricane Hauls Monster to Long Island Shores


This strange looking, bloated, furry creature, whose picture was snapped by a blogger, washed up on the shores of Long Beach, NY, during the hurricane.  Gawker, discoverer of the infamous Montauk Monster, found this one too. The beast has yet to be identified. Can anyone tell us what it is?


Baltimore After the Storm


As we were living through Irene, she didn’t seem any worse than a really bad rain storm, but the morning told a different story: over 100,000 without power, hundreds of trees down, lines down and detritus strewn hither and yon.

One of the most dramatic surprises came to Peter Kaizer whose 2005 Mazda 3 narrowly escaped annihilation from an enormous oak tree that fell in the 200 block of Murdock Road in Rodgers Forge. The tree missed the car by six inches, landing just between it and another car parked immediately in front of it. 

Another felled oak took down lines across Stevenson Lane (resulting in a ball of fire the size of the house, according to one neighbor), and more trees crashed lines on York Road, Osler Drive and Bellona Avenue among other streets. All over lush Baltimore County, same occurred, helping to explain why so many county residents are without power.  

As of Sunday night, the death toll from storm-related incidents was 21, but only one of those was from Maryland. Though the damage was less than government officials warned, most Marylanders were glad for the extra caution.  

Please post your pictures on our community page and share your stories in the comments.


Curated Conversation Starters for The Stormy Weekend


The hurricane is coming to town and there is a high likelihood of power outages.  Losing power is fun at first, but once the excitement of lighting candles has dwindled, we’ll be left alone with nothing but our conversations to entertain us!  In anticipation of these candlelit discussions, here are some Friday factoids to keep you chatting until the electricity comes back on.  

Muammar Qaddafi is more than just a tyrant, he’s also a total creep.  Opposition fighters found a photo album filled with photos of Condoleezza Rice while searching through Qaddafi’s Bab al-Azizya compound in Tripoli.  The Libyan leader has oft expressed his adoration of the former secretary of state and even affectionately calls her “Leezza.”  We imagine him poring over the album, passionate whispers of “Leezza, Leeeeezzzaaa” spewing from his lips.  Guess they’re not friends on Facebook. [Politico]

Earthquake shmirthquake.  It’s Imminent Irene that will pack the punch.  A really big, thunderous, multibillion-dollar punch, according to experts. [NY Times]

It’s been talked about for years, but it finally, sadly came to pass: Steve Jobs has stepped down as head of Apple due to health issues.  The value of Apple’s stock increased by over 6,000 percent while the visionary leader has been in charge, but what’s Apple without Him? (TechCrunch)

The final moments of last night’s episode of Jersey Shore (admit it, you watch it) gave a glimpse of another Ronnie freak out.  This time, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino provides the provocation, and Ronnie’s disproportionate and seemingly insane response has begged the question: does he have ‘Roid Rage? [WetPaint]

Baby rattles and bibs are for pauper pipsqueaks!  Mariah Carey is no pauper, she’s filthy rich!  So her stinking rich kids are dripping with diamonds.  We’re sure they’ll grow up to be lovely, well-adjusted people.  [Celebitchy]

Stay dry!

Hurricane Hysteria!


The earthquake is so three days ago! We’re prepping for the hurricane now. We thought water, peanut butter and jelly, and plenty of t.p. would be enough, but President Obama recommends we visit the gov website to double-check our preparedness. Because we’re starting to buy into the hysteria too, we’re following through.

Please send us your pictures of anything storm-related and we’ll post over the weekend.  

Here’s how some of our writers are getting ready for Irene: 

“I love the soggy side effects of other people’s big storms. I am preparing not to be able to go jogging this weekend (boo hoo)–plan to finish reading a dark book and watch some stormy Twin Peaks.” –Betsy Boyd 

“I live in Old Ellicott City, which is essentially a giant basin next to the Patapsco River, so I worry about the shops on lower Main Street that were flooded in ’72’s Hurricane Agnes. I’m on call to help move merchandise upstairs if needed, at one of my favorite shops. But my apartment is well above the flood zone, so my dog and I have candles, books, and some new selections to try from the Wine Bin at the ready.” –Sara Lynn Michener

“We tend to underestimate these things (sometimes to our detriment). Our greatest concern? Which movies to watch and having all electronics charged in case of a power outage.” –Susan Dunn

“Went to liquor store. Hello! Asked the 10 year old to try to find that old flashlight he took to camp…it hasn’t turned up yet.” –Paddy Morton

We’re ignoring it except for my teenage daughter, who is worried we might run out of hummus – a nutritional staple apparently.” –Cynthia McIntyre

“Plenty of booze.” –Krista Smith