[nagdu] In the Wee Hours of the Morning

Star Gazer pickrellrebecca at gmail.com
Sat Jul 19 23:45:07 UTC 2014

Hi Karen. 
Wow, good boy Thane. 
Who would you suggest I speak to about entering important info into the 911
system? Last time I thought about it (several years ago, probably after
reading a story like yours) the police dispatch I talked to seemed very
confused. I went in person so I suspect the person I talked to simply didn't
want to do his or her job. I can't remember now who I spoke to, not that it
Also, what type of information would you suggest a person put on the
critical list?

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From: nagdu [mailto:nagdu-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Karyn & Thane via
Sent: Monday, July 14, 2014 7:30 PM
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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
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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