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FL: A man and his dog; to shelter or not

(Sept. 11, 2017) -- After not finding a shelter he could keep his dog at, Duncan then made plans to ride out Irma's impact with Deja' in his neighbor's trailer, which was farther away from a creek than his pop-out.

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Donnie Duncan’s German shepherd sniffed the dirt at Caladesi RV Park on Sunday afternoon, while Hurricane Irma’s impact was still only a drizzle.

“She knows it’s coming,” Duncan said.

Duncan, 64, and 4-year-old Deja’ had driven to many pet-friendly shelters but they were all full or he would have to send his dog with animal services to get a space.

“I know it may sound crazy to other people, but she is all I got, man,” Duncan said. “I’ve never left her more than two weeks in her life. I wasn’t going to do that now in a hurricane.”

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About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

One comment

  1. Had Buster for 17 years and 7 months. He was with me every day from the time he was 5 weeks old. I never would have had him seperated from me, especially around other animals and a storm. I understand Don completely. I would have taken our chances together with Irma no matter how tough she was going to be. God bless him and his girl.

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