Anna Ng’s Hurricane Adventures
Well thankfully, it looks as if Hurricane Dorian may pass those of us in sunny Florida. But the recent loss of my 19 and a half year old angel Anna Ng and the flood of hurricane reporting brought me to ponder the three hurricane adventures that Anna Ng and I lived through.
Hurricane Wilma, October 2005: I was living in a two-story U-shaped apartment building. The storm was impending, but since I didn’t live near the ocean at the time, I decided to ride the proverbial wave. The storm was worse than anyone imagined. Throughout the brutal storm I hung out with (and thankfully shared a generator with) two couples who lived next door and downstairs, respectively. Everyone else in the apartment complex bailed, and most of the apartment units were subsequently deemed uninhabitable. But for two glorious weeks, Anna Ng and I lived in this U-shaped vast wasteland that was right on the river. She had never been an outdoor cat, but something got into her and her feral instincts took over. She would leave our apartment in the morning and scour every inch of the foliage and grass, acting like a cat warrior. She came back every afternoon with this look on her face as if she had achieved greatness. Then, as always, she would spend all night asleep under my arm. Eventually, we left and moved into an inhabitable apartment. Anna Ng never went outside again, but she enjoyed her adventures during that odd time.
Hurricane Matthew, October 2016: October must have been our lucky month! This time I was living on the 14th floor of a high-rise condo right on the river. I lived in a mandatory evacuation zone. Of course the power went out. Thankfully, Anna Ng was always agreeable and gave only a small fight getting into her carrier. Also, she only weighed a slight 7 lbs., so carrying her down the 14 flights of stairs was tolerable. She was always an angel. We went and stayed with a friend for the night. My friend happened to own a rather large house, with many nooks and crannies. In the middle of the night I found Anna Ng curled up in the walk-in closet of the lady who owned the house, purring like crazy. I will never forget the look of utter contentment on her face. Anna Ng was happy as could be. Thankfully, we were able to return home, unscathed, the next day.
Hurricane Irma, September 2017: This one was the kicker! Our high-rise on the river got smashed. The structure was fine, but the lobby and garage were flooded, and part of the building lit on fire. We had to evacuate, not for a night, but for over a month! As always, Anna Ng took everything in stride. At first we went to an Extended Stay for over a week. It was sort of like a mini-vacation. They had a brilliant breakfast buffet, awesome pool, and great workout room. Anna Ng enjoyed lounging on the bed and as always would sleep under my arm every night. But after being advised by our condo board that it would be over a month before we could move back in, I re-vamped our plan. I rented a condo near our home for a month. Anna Ng loved this place. It has this amazing walk-in closet that could have served as a second bedroom. She and I spend many a happy hour on the floor in there, cuddling, while I read books and she slept under my arm. After just under a month, we were advised that we could move back into our condo, although the elevator didn’t work. So I happily trudged up the stairs with my little princess cat Anna Ng. We were happy to return to our little abode.
I hope that gives you a picture of my beautiful girl and how sweet and adaptable she was. She died peacefully on July 29th of this year. She gave me the happiest 19 and a half years of my life.
Much love to everyone,