Rain should come with warnings signs

It’s raining.

It’s going to rain a lot. The most severe of the weather is going to include severe and heavy thunderstorms so all you Little League coaches can go ahead and get your excuses ready for the honey-do list because unless you have a dome you’re going to be rained out.

The heavy thunderstorms, tornado watches, are also nature’s way of telling you social animals that this might be a good time not to close the bar down in the wee hours of the morning and instead just go home a bit early.

With rain come the wrecks.

It goes together like ice storms, bread, and milk. As I speak it is lunchtime and the accidents are already piling up. Although we didn’t have the big ice storm this year (I miss the mad rush to the store for milk and bread,) with a lot of rain will come the wrecks and the ones late at night are the worst.

Standing water isn’t as noticeable when everything else is wet when you’re driving. Take that and a half dozen Margaritas and you’ll cause some nice police officer to have to get wet standing out there scraping up what’s left of you into the rubber bag. Believe me late-night wrecks with alcohol are not pretty. Even the ones that don’t make the news are bad.

Some people think that if you adjust the seatbelt, nothing will go wrong. Instead of explaining that, just go by the wrecker yard and find the section of cars the insurance companies totaled out and look at them. Believe me, these weather predictions for the weekend are a good heads up that if you’re going somewhere and going to be out late, stay there. Get your coin jar out and get room or get lucky. Whatever.

To make things worse, this weekend it may just rain enough to cause the area creeks to rise, among them Peachtree Creek, Nancy Creek, Proctor Creek, and Big Creek just to name a few. Now this doesn’t mean that we want you to go out and find a flood then watch it. Leave that to the professionals at the Pickens County Moose Lodge and their annual Etowah River Flood Watch and cow-chip skeet shooting festival. If you live near one of these creeks and you’ve been there a few years then you know how scary that can be when your back yard is full of boats and reporters from the Weather Channel.

At my house, bad weather, especially thunder storms and heavy rain, equate to freaked out animals and unpredictable pooping episodes. The Shih-Tzu is manageable, she just hides, shakes and possibly dipping into the Crown Royal.

My Rottweiler is another story. She is 90 pounds and although I’ve tried to explain it, doesn’t understand that thunder is not evil as well as the signal to poop at will—nervous poop. There is nothing worse than big dog nervous poop. The kind that legally requires a two-man hazmat team to monitor the cleanup.

This animal can do some damage. I’ve tried soothing music, Enya, Lynard Skynard, Mott and the Hoople and the sort but nothing helps. I even tried to cash in on it pointing out where the HOA board members live but she won’t budge.

All in all the rain will pass but you can count on the damage being done. Dog poop can be cleaned up but your head going through a windshield won’t fare as well. Be careful and go home early.

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March 26th, 2009
4:54 pm

I’ve got one of those big dog thunder problems too. The only thing that helps mine is letting him (all million pounds of him) sit in my lap on the couch (or lay on me in bed). It’s a hassle, but not as much as the two man hazmat jobs!!!!


March 26th, 2009
6:35 pm

Try playing the Singing Dogs. They prefer music from “their own kind”:)

Sebastian's Mom

March 26th, 2009
8:24 pm

Please do yourself (and your dog a favor). Get him a prescription from your vet. When the big boomers come in, a little happy pill works wonders. Your dog will be happier and it costs a lot less than shampooing carpets.


March 27th, 2009
12:49 pm

When I was a kid, we had a dog that would throw himself against the back door whenever it thundered. We finally decided to let him become a house dog, thinking that would help. Nope. If it thundered, especially at night (when everything seems to be scarier, even thunder and lightning), he would throw himself against my bedroom door and then hide under my bed. It got to the point where he’d just come in there and sleep under the bed, regardless the weather. Of course half the time he did it to hide from one of the cats that always terrorized him. For the record, the dog was a German Shepherd mixed with Lab, possibly Boxer, butcher, baker, and candlestick maker.

I have seen some scary lightning in the past. I remember while at A.H. Stephens Park for a weekend event one Summer, there was some wicked lightning that forked across the sky, and looked like an electrified oak tree. An old house we lived in had an aerial mounted on top (we lived out in the middle of the middle of nowhere), and whenever lightning struck, it seemed to light up all around the outside and inside of the home. Another time when I worked for K-Mart, I had seen a lightning bolt do battle with a transformer across the street. The lightning bolt won.


March 27th, 2009
12:51 pm

I almost forgot. I once had a dog that when it thundered, he barked. He didn’t try to hide under a bed or anywhere, nor did he have accidents. If it thundered, he barked. I think he thought it was another dog nearby that was barking, and he felt like replying.


March 27th, 2009
2:59 pm

I can not believe all you people posted and missed the most important part of this story. Dipping into Crown Royal is the best part of thunderstorms. Please people, get your priorities straight!

Chris Broe

March 27th, 2009
11:34 pm

A dog drinking Crown Royal in a thunderstorm! (Shaken, not curred). The old 45 recordings of the dogs barking Jingle Bells is the only way to get a Rottweiler to go full Scooby Snack in a Rhunderstorm. Also, Bugs Bunny in Drag cartoons will do the trick, but only in a thunderstorm.

Chris Broe

March 27th, 2009
11:36 pm

I tried locking my dog outside in a thunderboomer once…………………………..once.


March 28th, 2009
3:13 pm

My lab hides under my bed and takes my shoes with her. Wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t a king size. I have to crawl to the middle of it to get my shoes back.

And I have to disagree with the most important point. I feel the spelling of Lynyrd Skynyrd is most pressing. I’m equally concerned that this story posted 2 days ago and nobody else seems to have caught it. What kind of Southerners are you?

Old School

March 29th, 2009
9:20 pm

We had a yellow lab named Biscuit who hated thunder and lightening. She would get in the crawl space under the house and turn the light on (pull-chain). We never could get her to turn it off again when she came back out.


March 29th, 2009
10:49 pm

The only thing that freaks out my lab is the beeping of the smoke alarm…when we test the batteries. He loves to be outside during a storm, will sit by the door for hours, waiting to be let out. Even though it’s been 11 years, my husband still has not gotten over the fact that I had the dog neutered and blames all of this dog’s quirks on that. My sister has the sister-dog and she starts shaking long before the storm even hits. She’s like a storm-tracker.


March 30th, 2009
5:49 pm

My dogs have always been weinnies, but so am I. Even more so now because lightning hit my house last year and caught it on fire. Missed me by 4 feet. Now the dogs seem to blame me for the thunder and run AWAY from me when it storms. If I could, I would get under the bed and stay several months.

Chris Broe

April 3rd, 2009
11:11 am

Maybe catlady has learned her lesson about flying a kite in the house during a thunderstorm.