This post is for the four legged heroes who are working hard trying to locate victims of the earthquake in Reggio Emilia, Italy. I wanted to recognize their invaluable contribution to the recovery efforts.
Aftershocks are still occurring. Areas that are badly damaged have been designated as "zone rosse" meaning red zones. To insure safety, people and pets have been displaced from all red zones. They are not allowed to go home, and many have no home to go back to. How awful is that?
You know, I have experienced a hurricane, or two... a few tornadoes, momma knows about earthquakes, she mutters "Mondo Cane" [no I have no idea. She says ... movie, then she gets all weird... so we don't talk about it...] None of these things are any fun. They are messy, nasty, inconvenient and deadly.
You can help by going here: http://gazzettadimodena.gelocal.it/cronaca/2012/05/22/news/sos-terremoto-gli-aiuti-in-diretta-twitter-1.5107120
or here: http://www.causes.com/causes/264928-help-italy-s-earthquake-victims
or here: http://cri.it/flex/FixedPages/EN/Donazioni.php/L/EN?4fbce7bcdddbe. This link is to the Croce Rossa, aka the Italian Red Cross donation page.
Meanwhile, we hope and pray that recovery efforts are quick, successful and that soon these four leggeds can go on vacation.