By now many of you have seen the pictures Wendy posted on Facebook. It is one thing to see pictures of the aftermath of Hurricane Irma but a totally different thing to see it in person. And what the pictures don't tell is dealing with this while at the same time having no power, no electric for the well, and 9 horses to keep safe and fed.
It is one thing not to take care of one's property and to not fully prepare for a hurricane. But that is not the case here. All the water from the surrounding area came though her property and created deep gouges, leaving behind land destruction and treacherous footing for the horses. Water pipes have been exposed and the pump house has been undermined and the concrete slab is affected. This was totally unexpected.
And she nows needs to totally replace the roof on her outbuilding.
She climbed up there herself, alone, and removed all the metal roofing. Thankfully she had a roofing tarp on hand and someone came along and helped her with that part.
She is likely going to be upset with me for doing this as she is very self-reliant. I wish I had access to the pictures of what this place looked like the day she bought it so you could visualize the work she has put into her place. There are always projects she is working on. Such as reroofing and clearing out this horse shelter.
But sometimes even the most independent of folks needs a little help from her friends. So many have posted on Facebook that they wish they were closer so they could help. So I decided to set this up so that folks could "be closer" and help.
It is going to take many trucks of fill and many hours of heavy machinery to repair the damage to the land. Both are very expensive. The roof costs will just add to that.
Also, just before the hurricane hit there was the expense of hiring a company to down dead trees to prevent them causing structural damage. The clean up from the trees, including those that fell during the storm, is just one more thing to deal with.
But throughout this her number one concern has been the safety and well-being of the horses, along with the cats and her dog. And the baby squirrel she has been caring for.
What picures don't tell is the time and money she has spent caring for strays and even animals belonging to others. For example, she spent months, and lots of money, helping a horse belonging to someone else, that had a bad leg wound, heal and find a new home. For some reason cats love to head down her driveway. Those that have showed up on her doorstep have been brought to the vet, neutered, and cared for. Lots more I could relate.
So I think it is fair to say that if all of the animals Wendy has cared for over the years had Facebook pages, and thumbs, they would personally have set this up.
I wish I was the photog that Wendy is but for me a good picture is one that does not have my thumb across it. :-)
Here is Wendy and Dusty's Spotty Girl. Yes, she naturally has a very low headset. The horse that is, not Wendy. :-)
This is Latte and her newborn mule baby Pippi Longstockings (born July 2016). Not a planned pregnancy but when a lady is out on the town things happen. Ask Wendy about bad girl Latte.
Rider, Spotty, and Johnny coming home from a ride in the park. Too many projects and not enough trail rides but sometimes time is made.
Silly Casino loves to play in the sprinkler as do some of the others.
Pia in the hay.
And silly Boo Bear.
Rider is my boy and hopefully when Wendy gets wind of this I won't find him outside her gate with a "return to sender" sticker on him.
Rider says "pass the bucket please" because we horses hate seeing her deal with this overwhelming situation by herself . She is always thinking of us - its our turn to think of her.
So if your situation allows, please consider chipping in to help her buy the help you would give if you were closer.
And there will be folks who just don't have the resources to contribute and ya know what? That is ok too. Does not mean they don't care. And no one should feel bad.
Thanks for making it this far and I hope you enjoyed the pictures.
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