There is nothing more startling and nothing that will make your heart race faster, than the tornado sirens blaring outside your window at 1:30 a.m. We had both gone to bed at around 10:30 p.m. so we were in a very deep slumber when the sirens went off.
You might think that such noises would cause Riley to bark at least once. Nope. Instead, after we forced ourselves awake to figure out WHAT the heck was going on, I looked on the floor beside me, to find Riley curled in a ball, as close to our bed as possible. She was staring up at me, WAITING for me to get up, to protect her from danger (I thought that dogs were supposed to protect their people? Something is very mixed up in our household).
Well, if you've read or seen the national news today, you are aware of the storms and tornadoes that hit Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas last night. And you have no doubt heard of all of the deaths that were a result of that. Last time I checked, the count was up to 50. Awful.
The Lawsons are fine. We turned on the news at 1:30 to hear the weather man say, "Take Cover". So we got our pillows and blankets and all three of us laid down in the hall for about half an hour until the radio said it was safe and we were in the clear.
We are grateful for our relatively calm night compared to the night of terror so many others faced.