Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Desmond's Homecoming After Hurricane Sandy

We finally did it. We brought Des back to the neighborhood, back to the house.

I am not exactly sure what I was expecting from this, but it felt rather anticlimactic. He didn't seem excited or confused. He seemed indifferent. Granted, it was pretty chilly and obviously there is no heat at the house, so maybe he was just annoyed about being cold. He did a lot of sniffing around in the house, not so much outside. I think I hoped he would get to his yard and go bonkers, like, "YAAAY! IT'S MY YARD! WHERE IS THAT DARNED NEIGHBOR CAT? ZOOMIES!!" Instead, he just sat there.

He did seem to remember the house itself, at least. He knew where he was going and was very curious in there. And he also seemed to remember the park immediately. So I guess that's good. I'd like to try and take him back whenever we can. It may be completely pointless, but it makes me feel better for some reason I don't fully understand.

Anyway, here are some pix from Desmond's return to East Rockaway. As usual, you can click on the pictures to enlarge.

Seeming bored or confused or cold in the yard
Thanks for your enthusiasm, Des. On a side note, see the Leaning Tower of Old Crappy Fence back there? I didn't realize how bad it was until that day. We'll have to do some sort of patch job to fix it and keep watch on Des when he's outside, lest he try to make another Great Escape.
This paw-up pose is what makes me think the poor guy was just cold.
Looking for neighbor cat??
Here we are inside. This was the bedroom where we all snuggled at night got punched in the face and shoved to the outer edges of the bed.
He seemed very curious in here.

This is the doorway between the dining room and living room. He wanted to go into the living room, but that's the room with lots of random nails sticking out the wood, so we stayed away.
In the dining room with the kitchen behind Des. Scope out the old tin walls.
After some time at the house, we headed over to check out the dog park and see if anything had been fixed, per chance. Things there are still pretty messy but not as bad as I figured they would be.

Some of the decking/walkway and the big ramp jammed up against one of the fences, which is doing a pretty good job of falling down.
Desmond didn't seem to care that the park was looking rather ghetto. (That's more decking and one of the kiddie pools piled into that corner on the right.)
A couple other dogs were there, which was a pleasant surprise.
This is a terrible pic, so please forgive me, but I had to share it. On our way out of the park, we saw that a dock, a jet ski, and a boat were still sitting way on the far end of the field. I'm taking the pic from outside the passenger-side of our car. The water is right behind me. 
Here's a Google Maps shot for added  perspective. Yellow dot is the car. Pink dot is the boat & friends.

Also, just for kicks, here are a couple pix of neighbor cat's house. The evil feline used to sit on that back railing and taunt my poor dog. We also never had such a good view of the house before, since there was a tree there to block it.

This is neighbor cat's front door (by our falling-down fence). It looks like they are blocking the opening where the door was with the decking that was in front of it. I have no clue what the story is with these folks--if they will fix it or just disappear or what. The house was being rented by neighbor cat's dad, and we've never met the landlord.


That's the latest on hurricane recovery. We'll be getting our work permit this month so fingers crossed for some action in February!

And I'll give you something to be excited about: Desmond's been going to doggie daycare. He's been there three times now--and of course there's already a story or two.
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