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4 legged storm refuges

We were hit hard by this last ice storm. We have been without power for over 24 hours now, and don't expect that ours will return until Sunday. We are always the last to get power back. After Hurricane Sandy caused us to lose power for more than a week, we put in a natural gas run automatic generator that runs most of the house. We just lose power way too often and for days or a week at a time. So, this time, we were able to chip in and help out some friends and family. Mom and Dad moved into a hotel and we took their hav, Bacca with us. My friend Barbara also moved into a hotel, so we have her 2 havs, Wendy and Koda. I think we have one more visitor coming today if they don't get power back. Here are some of our happy/warm friends. Stay safe and warm everyone!
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Sounds like you're making the best of a bad situation by rescuing all of those Havs. The pictures of your new pack are great. Isn't the generator wonderful. We put one of those in a few years back and have used it a handful of times but worth every penny. When we lose power, we lose water as well as we have a private well run by electricity. Can't do without water for long.


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Now that's a puppy party!!!! or poopy party depending upon your point of view

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they are lucky to have you! What a cute group!!

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Sounds like a wonderful way to weather the storm's aftermath!

I'm interested in the gas-powered generator. We have a gasoline powered Honda generator, which definitely works, but, of course, requires regular re-filling. We were considering putting in this central switching station, which would allow us to switch it from the sump pumps to the furnace (that's natural gas, but needs electricity for the blower) to the refrigerator in turns. That would keep us indoors except for refilling the gasoline. The unit costs about $1,000 installed. But since we have gas coming into the house anyway, a gas powered generator sounds wonderful!!! How much does such an installation cost?


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Awwwww, they look so warm and cuddly. Have a great party! I hope it's BYOB!
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What a cute group! That face in the second pic is soooo sweet.


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We are having tons of fun here! We added one more to the party late this afternoon. I will have to take a picture of Sammy. She is a very sweet bichon/ shih tzu mix. We are up to a house of 9 now. I am going to take Bacca back to Mom's tonight (she got her power back), so we will be at 8. Good times.

Karen, the natural gas generator we have is a Generac. It is a 7 kw and takes care of our heater, hot water heater, cable, internet, family room, kitchen, 2 refrigerators, appliances, 3 of our bathrooms, etc. We didn't do the bedrooms or the back part of our house. We also didn't do air conditioning as it would require a much larger generator. It was an expensive investment. It was around $6000 investment (we already have natural gas). But, it switches itself right on when the power goes out and runs everything we need. After the brutal experiences we had over the last few years with our loss of power, it is well worth it not to have to move out with all the dogs, throw away our food from refrigerator and freezers, etc. I actually feel a little guilty as my entire neighborhood is in the dark right now and we are nice and cozy.


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Sounds like a wonderful way to weather the storm's aftermath!

I'm interested in the gas-powered generator. We have a gasoline powered Honda generator, which definitely works, but, of course, requires regular re-filling. We were considering putting in this central switching station, which would allow us to switch it from the sump pumps to the furnace (that's natural gas, but needs electricity for the blower) to the refrigerator in turns. That would keep us indoors except for refilling the gasoline. The unit costs about $1,000 installed. But since we have gas coming into the house anyway, a gas powered generator sounds wonderful!!! How much does such an installation cost?
Karen, this may help you, as you are familiar with our home which has 7 rooms and 3 baths on 2 levels. We put in a generator a few years ago after one of our major blackouts. The unit is a gas powered 10kw Generac generator and does basically our whole house consisting of all the usual major and small appliances, internet and cable (if the cable company is not down, of course), water as we would lose that if the power went out because of our private well which is pumped by electricity, as well as heat, hot water and AC. the only thing we eliminated was the upstairs AC, as that area is for guests. (They won't stay as long that way.......kidding). When the power goes out, we count to 20 and everything is back up and running. The unit also tests itself once a week by running for 12 minutes and we have a contract for yearly maintenance. The cost, without the yearly contract, was $6500 to install and worth every penny, just for peace of mind. Hope that helps.


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