[nagdu] In the Wee Hours of the Morning

Craig Heaps craig.heaps at comcast.net
Tue Jul 15 03:36:06 UTC 2014


So glad you're safe.

If I were still in TV news, I'd want to come and do a story about how your 
dog alerted you and led you to safety.

What a great testimonial for Thane in particular and guide dogs in general.

Craig and Chase

> -----Original Message-----
> From: nagdu [mailto:nagdu-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Karyn & Thane 
> via
> nagdu
> Sent: Monday, July 14, 2014 7:30 PM
> To: Nagdu
> Subject: [nagdu] In the Wee Hours of the Morning
> Last night or should I say early this morning, I was awoken to Thane 
> hitting
> his body hard against the back of his crate vibrating my bed.
> At first I thought he might still not be feeling well from the heatwave
> effects, but he meant business and I could tell he was unsettled. He
> immediately took me to the front door so after checking the back patio 
> door
> which overlooks the parking lot and ascertaining there was a big problem 
> as
> there were lots of flashing emergency lights out there, I harnessed him 
> up,
> leaving my apartment in my pjs (not even thinking about that little 
> detail)
> The building wide fire alarm was blaring, but I was not privy to that 
> being
> deafblind. Thane has always been quite sound sensitive to the fire alarm
> here, but this time, he was all business, doing what needed to be done to
> save me.
> Once I got to my front door I smelled the smoke (still seem to have a more
> heightened ability to use my sense of smell though) I had a really 
> difficult
> time getting through the two fire doors, but we did it. Once I got to the
> outside door, a really neat gal grabbed and held it for me.
> I couldn't understand her. After I told her I was deafblind she 
> immediately
> began to fingerspell letting me read tactile from her (we didn't even know
> each other before last night) She gave me really helpful information as 
> well
> as helping me to find one of my friends here which helped both Thane and I
> relax.
> The sprinkler system did its jobon the fire in the unit one floor up 
> across
> the hall from me. The water damage is being dealt with on both the two
> floors-- lots of work ahead, but everybody was OK.
> I am just so impressed with Thane's work. We've never had a situation 
> where
> I needed him more than I did while I was sleeping last night.
> Something changed in us last night. I realized just how much my wonderful
> sidekick will do for me when danger is knocking at the door. We are both 
> OK
> (albeit a bit rattled from the experience) When the firemen were leaving 
> the
> apt across the hall (lots of water damage for them), I got to talk to them
> about safety concerns. They are entering information I gave them into the
> 911 system so that they know to check my apt for any emergencies as well 
> as
> having critical information should I ever need to call 911. It's something
> that I think is very good that I have wanted to have done since I moved
> here. It might be something good for some of you to consider as well.
> I am definitely putting together a go-bag after this experience. I want to
> be ready to get out the door quickly while also having anything important 
> we
> may need in an emergency.
> The bottomline though is that I am just so proud of my little red head.
> Thane totally ROCKED last night.
> Karyn and Thane
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