Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Brains and Brawn and Water

Hi, I'm Cyndi and I elected myself newscaster for today.

We spent yesterday without water. Another problem at the city water plant and in heat and humidity equivalent to mid-July, the city water was shut off.  Jan called the water department about 1 pm and they assured her she did not need to buy any water. It would be back within 4 to 5 hours.  She left after 3 to run errands and returned to a forwarded email from the city manager stating that water should be back on after 5 pm and residents should boil it for the first 24 hours.

This was not looking good. It was time to buy some drinking water. But before she could get her wallet to walk the 2 1/2 blocks to Ingles, the phone rang.

"Do you have any water?" Jan was asked.

"I'm on my way to Ingles now"

"I'm just leaving the Ingles parking lot. I'll share what I have with you." Well, the generous lady fibbed. When she pulled up, she started to open a package of 24 bottles, but gave the whole thing to Jan instead. "I think I have 1/2 a pack at home and we have a well." And she refused to accept payment. "You need water for your 'babies' too."

Whoopee, our water bowls were nearly empty and so was Jan's water cup. Thank you so much! (We don't want to embarrass her so we won't use her name.)

Jan made a few calls and a couple of stops to pass along the latest information to the neighbors who didn't have email. About 6:30 she called the water department again and asked if the rumor was true the water wouldn't be on until 5 pm today. "No, that's not true! You'll have water in about an hour." He was emphatic.

Finally,about 11 pm, we had water spitting, whistling and swearing it's way through the pipes. What a welcome sound.

We'd like to share a story with you about two pit bulls dubbed Brains and Brawn. Brains led and encouraged Brawn, an exhausted, emaciated 30-pound dog dragging a 20-pound chain, through the city until they were picked up and taken to a shelter in West Palm Beach, Florida. We sure hope they will be adopted -- together. You can read their story here.

Have a purring and tail wagging day.


  1. We're glad you have water again, but are sorry it took so long. Of course the bureaucrats never get it right!

  2. just read the story about Brains and Brawn - thankies for posting it, verreh touching. i sure hopes they get a pawsome home after all that. poor guy, his girlfriend was leading him to freedom...

    glad you guys are getting your waters back - it is a little bit scary to be wifout waters.

  3. I'm so glad you now have water! And what a nice lady to give you her 24 pack.

  4. Oh we hopes they find a home together. We has our paws crossed for them.

    So glad you finally got water.

  5. No water! That's not good. I hope they find a home together....

  6. That is awful...no water...no fun! I hope that they good forever homes soon...together!

  7. We are glad you finally got water - what is it with utility companies and their stories about times - they are always so far off!

    We hope Brains and Brawn get adopted together - we couldn't read the story (mom is kinda weepy today and knew it would make her leak) but just your description tells us they are deserving to be in a great forever home together!!

  8. Not a good time of the year to be without water - that was one very nice lady.

    Brains and Brawn - what a wonderful story - hope they can find a home together.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  9. we are so glad you have water now!! Mom knows what it's like to have no Hot water but at least she still had cold water but NO WATER....that is just wrong!! So glad there was a nice lady who helped you all out!!!

    Woof Velcro and meow, Kodak, 3 Perf, blossom and Skye

  10. What a nice thing for that lady to do! I am glad you all have water now!

  11. I'm glad the water situation is OK now! What a beautiful story about Brains and Brawn. I only hope the ending is a happy one with the two of them spending the rest of their lives together!

  12. We are glad you got your water back at last. That was a very kind lady who gave you her bottles.

  13. Oh I am so sorry to hear about your lack of water and in such a time too - in this heat!!

    It's so good to know though that you have kind friends to help you and for you to help those in need too. That just shows how a community can pull together for each other. It's awful that the water company should behave in such a way! Good grief. I'm so so glad everyone there now has water!

    I've just read about Brains and Brawn. What an incredible touching story!! And I do hope they get homed together - they look so attached - I think Brawn has his head on Brains in the pic? After what they've been through they both deserve a good home together. What ignorant people to chain their doggies like this... but I always comfort myself that for every ignoramouses out there are also kind people like the guys who brought these doggies to the shelter!

    Take care

  14. We hope your water gets turned on soon. That is never a fun situation to be in.

    Essex & Deacon

  15. Thank goodness you got water again finally!!! And what a wonderful person to give you that water!

    We went and read about Brains and Brawn.....amazing! We hope those two get adopted by a truly wonderful furever family!

  16. How wondewful to have someone show such genewosity and love
    I'm so glad you wewe able to get watew fow all of you.
    I'm sowwy it was such a ling wait.

    That stowy of Bwains and Bwawn made Mommi's face all wet..I'm cwossing my paws that some hooman shows them love and compassion and givess them a loving home that they soo desewve
    smoochie kisses

  17. We sends a purrar of blessing for this unnamed person helps your babies!

    We were moved by the doggie story.

  18. OMD, what a day! Water is important... it's source of life. We're glad you got water eventually.

    Momo & Pinot

  19. Glad you have water again!
    No drinking water is like a nightmare, right?
    Thanks for sharing the story of Brains and Brawn. Paws crossed for them
    Take care
    Kisses and hugs

  20. Goodness....you have to have water! What a wonderful friend to give you what she had! We are glad that your water is working now.

    We hope Brains and Brawn find a forever home soon.


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