Thursday – A Little Personal – Fur Kids in Exile


“Okay, John. Let’s chat.”

“Alright, Stella. What do you want to talk about?”

“Being a refugee.”

“We are not refugees. We are evacuees.”


“A rose by any other name is still a rose.”

“Okay, I’ll admit this is not ideal. We are better off than a lot of the Harvey Hurricane victims”


“Just look at you earlier. Sound asleep on your IPad.”

“Yeah and look at the covered couch.”


“Lucy looks content.”

“Feed her and she’d be content on an iceberg.”


“And look at Bailey. She is on the couch too.”

“The same covered couch.”


“You know Boss this isn’t home.”

“I know, Lucy but home has no electricity, water, or sewer.”

“Well if we are all there that wouldn’t matter.”

“Yes, but isn’t it better to be comfortable? We are all here.”


“I guess pop.”

“Thank you, Bailey. I knew I could count on you to be logical.”

“When we heading home?”

“Might be a while yet kids.”

“I think we ought to remember the victims who lost everything and the first responders who saved countless lives at the risk of their own.”

“We agree, Boss. Thanks.”


Lucy and Bailey



  1. Such a tragic events, poor people and animals..

    1. So true. Thanks.

  2. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    We have all been horrified by the newspaper and television coverage of the loss of life and the ongoing crisis in Texas.. John Howell, whose home is on the Texas coast is safe inland but this post reflects the fact that life is more important than possessions and pays tribute to all the first responders who are risking their lives 24/7… Thanks John, Stella, Lucy and Bailey.. so happy you are all safe and well…

    1. Thank you so much Sally.

      1. My pleasure John we are so pleased you and the guys are safe.. xx

  3. Your pets are very wise

  4. Sending thoughts and good wishes to you, John. Yuo are all together and safe – that’s the most important thing. Take care.

  5. Reblogged this on Musings on Life & Experience and commented:
    John explaining to his animals about being an evacuee.

  6. So sorry to hear that you have had to relocate. We’ve been following the news and are horrified at the devastation the hurricane has caused…
    We’re happy to see that you and your fur kids are safe and well.

    1. Thank you. I’m glad we left for sure.

  7. What a sweet post, John. It’s nice to see the fur kids are all comfy and cozy.

    1. Yes. They live the life no matter where.

  8. Gwen Plano · ·

    Your fur babies may complain, but they know mom and dad will take care of them – there’s acceptance in their protests. I love that Stella is so logical – quite the character. 🙂 Another great four-footed post, John. Be kind to yourself during this difficult time.

    1. Thank you, Gwen.

  9. This was great, John. So glad to hear you are all safe. Hope you can get back home soon. Best to you, Stella, Lucy, and Bailey.

    1. Thank you, Jeanne.

      1. You’re welcome, John.

  10. Reblogged this on Siân Glírdan and commented:
    Here’s a lighthearted, but thankful perspective on the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey from my good friend, thriller wizard John Howell. Johna nd his family were evacuated from his island home in the Gulf of Mexico to Austin, Texas last week, and still can’t go back.

  11. Stay well, y’alls!

  12. Here is to your host for taking “everyone” in.

    1. Poor dear. She is a love.

  13. I’m very happy that you can all be together. A lot of folks have been separated from their fur-babies. Of course, a lot of people have suffered much worse than that. It’s hard to put things into perspective. I hope you get back soon, but I worry about the amount of work that will be required when you do. Keeping you (all) in our thoughts and prayers…even Stella.

    1. Thank you, Dan. Your thoughts and prayers are much appreciated.

  14. Reblogged this on Words To Captivate ~ by John Fioravanti and commented:
    This is adorable! Harvey Hurricane evacuee, John W. Howell, gifts us with a beautiful conversation with his three furry kids. You’ll enjoy, so, please read on…

    1. Thank you for the reblog, John

      1. You’re welcome, John.

  15. Loved this post, John.

    I’ve been offering prayers for all affected and will be continued to do so. Glad you’re safe.

    1. Thank you, Staci

  16. So glad these guys are safe with you! So sad for so many others, human and animal. Thinking of you often!

  17. Thanks for the update, John. Sweet post and gentle reminder. Praying for your island.

  18. We should remember them too.

    1. Yes we should. Thank you for the reminder.

  19. Such a beautiful post today. I am so glad you and yours are safe.

    It is so great to see strangers and people from all walks of life pull together to help where they can. I have been sending up daily knee mail, and will continue to do so. I hope today’s #DayofGiving makes a huge impact.

  20. Glad to see you’re keeping your good humor. Pets were devastated too, and I’m glad you’re all someplace warm. The perspective in that last photo is great; looks like giant dog and toy dog. Cameras have such great depth of field these days.

    1. Yes. The camera is a tough customer.

  21. jhawker1969 · ·

    Keeping it all in perspective…our furry friends are very good at that.

    1. Thank you, Ron. So true.

  22. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    I love the world through animals eyes! Very glad they are safe and comfortable. They do know what is important.

  23. Your fur kids speak for everyone who had to evacuate. The good thing is, you all had a safe, dry place to go to, without having to bunch up like sardines. Inconvenient? Definitely, but it’s temporary. Loss of life is permanent. Glad you’re all safe, John. Praying for a quick return to normalcy!

    1. Thank you, Debbie.

  24. It’s hard for critters and humans to be displaced. I am thankful you had family to go to, and, the covered couches aren’t so bad. 🙂 You guys hang in there. Big hugs!

  25. Jan’s right – it’s hard to be displaced, but as you said – you’re a lot better off than others. Wonderful post, John. Always love seeing the fur kids!

    1. Thank you, Teri.

  26. I’m heartened to see you guys all safe and sound. Take care of yourselves.

  27. John, I hope you’re all able to return home soon. The footage is heartbreaking. Stay safe.

  28. Glad to hear you and pet family are staying safe. Hope you get back home soon.

    1. Thank you, Deborah

  29. Glad you are all safe John. My parents lost everything last Summer in the Louisiana floods. Sebding thoughts for all the best for you and ‘the kids’.

    1. Thank you so much.

      1. As an honorary Texan my heart breaks. (My hisband is the ornery Texan. 😉)

  30. Sorry. This didn’t come into my email until now. Hope you guys get to go home soon. Thoughts and prayers with everyone.

    1. Thank you, Charles.

  31. Praying every day for Texas! Glad you’re all safe and comfortable. So many are not 😦

  32. Hope all of you get to go home soon, John! Loved the furry conversation. Great pets. Prayers and thoughts continue to be with you.

  33. A sweet, sweet post. Thankful you and yours are safe. ❤️

      1. Most welcome. Rough times handled with kind humor always works! ☺️

  34. It may not be your home, John, but at least your are all safe. We are travelling back home today and I must say that I am looking forward to getting back now.

    1. No place like home. Thanks, Robbie.

  35. They look like the a spoiled rotten to the core!

    Have you received any news about your home?

    1. Ha ha ha. If you look up spoiled in the dictionary their picture is there as an example. Thanks for the inquiry. 😀 By the way, in my bio I state that I live with my wife and spoiled rescue pets.

      1. LOL … no question about the pets being spoiled. I’ll blame that on you because its Obama’s fault when pets aren’t spoiled.

      2. You have that right. 😀

  36. It’s good to hear you’re all safe and dry! Hoping you can get home soon, and the clean up doesn’t take too long.

    1. Thank you, Deborah

  37. I enjoyed visiting with your fur friends. Hoping you and your family (including your pets) are able to get home soon.

    1. Thank you, Michelle.

  38. Just so thankful you’re all alright and have each other 💙 maybe your furbabies would like a little care package? E mail me your temporary address!

    1. Thank you so much, Lennon. We will not be at an address where you can mail. I really appreciate your offer. The fur folks should be home by Sunday. Hugs.

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