November 30, 2012 UPDATE -- cross-posting from Sidney Helen Sachs, of Wayeh Malamutes:
Lori's more upbeat today, she and Harold both, just a little better than they were yesterday. Their voices are still hoarse from smoke inhalation and a lot of crying, both of them, but don't tell Harold I said so.
He got the water situation worked out temporarily. They were on a slow well, so he has been hauling water in the truck-bed tank and filling horse troughs in the pastures and a new horse trough in the dog yards near the temporary dog kennel. They will bucket water to each yard and each crate for now.
They are in a motel until Monday, then they have to find some place else. They may have found a place to rent which is right around the corner from the property, so it's close to the dogs & horses and close as they rebuild. The basement walls will have to come down and the basement floor jackhammered up, so it's going to be easier just to have it backfilled and pick another place for the new house. probably still up on top of the hill near the barn and ex-garage temporary-kennel building, but not in the same spot.
When they get into the rental, they will need to set up housekeeping. She will need everything from cookware to dishes to measuring cups, etc. I know she has a fondness for cast iron cookware, she loved her Lodge cookware, which is prohibitively expensive to ship, but the local Tractor Supply Company carries it without shipping costs added.
Before this happened, Lori was in the process of certifying with CPDT -- certified professional dog trainers -- and lost all her books on dog training. So I'm going to scavenge my books and send her some titles, and I know others may have training books they no longer use. Also Amazon gift cards could help fill in gaps. She misses those books a lot.
She and Harold both have trak phones now, so I surmised she needs minute cards -- available at Wal-Mart.
Her dog harnesses were not in the truck, they were in the basement, so now gone. As well as the shock cord and gangline for a 4-dog teams. All of that gone.
She has bowls coming, but needs flat-backed 2qt stainless steel buckets for water in crates, as well as carabineers & snaphooks to attach them. (Petedge always had the buckets at the best prices I think.)
And she's already planning on some kind of monitoring system because the dogs will be in a separate but very close building when they rebuild. She can't stomach the thought of them being in the house again. Can't blame here there, all my dogs are spending a lot of time outside in the custom-ordered Malamute weather we're having.
They are gearing up for a fight. Rebuilding is going to be painful and costly, in terms of emotions and finances. They are eternally grateful for everything that has been done for them, everyone chipping in to help. Losing everything is a concept that is hard to wrap your head around. They have the surviving dogs, thank God, and they have their vehicles. Everything else is being put together from scratch.
Long-time breeders and fanciers of the Alaskan Malamute breed, Lori & Harold of Masasyu Alaskan Malamutes, NY State, lost their house and most of their dogs in the early morning hours of November 27, 2012, including 2 cherished litters of puppies. All of the housecats perished as well. Lori and Harold were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation and released. They are back at home and picking through what's left -- which is basically nothing -- and talking to fire inspectors and insurance agents. The surviving dogs have been released from the vets after having been treated for their injuries. Harold has converted an undamaged barn into housing for the surviving dogs. Lori and Harold are sleeping in a motel room as a short-term solution. They're going to have to start over from scratch -- they have lost everything.
We have set up this Masasyu Fire Relief Fund to help them out, because even with insurance, there are going to be immediate expenses and long-term expenses that are not covered in order to piece their lives back together after such a horrific and devastating tragedy.
Please, share and donate what you can -- every little bit helps. Whether you know Lori and Harold personally or not, they can use our support and good wishes. This is an animal lovers' worst nightmare. Lori and Harold are overwhelmed in every sense of the word. They are overwhelmed with grief and at the same time overwhelmed by the outpouring of support by their fellow Alaskan Malamute and canine fanciers and their local community. They extend their sincere gratitude to everyone.
Lori and Harold our thoughts and prayers are with you and your remaining beloved pets. We will look through our supplies left over form when we still had willow to see what else we may be able to donate.
I hope you find some measure of peace knowing that even those of us who have not met you yet, still feel a kindred spirit because we share a love of malamutes. I hope you and the dogs, cats, and horses still with you are healing well and quickly.
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