Saturday, May 14, 2005

Roof Dogs



In March, Seminole Heights suffered a "microburst" which appeared to be a tornado but apparently did not form the typical funnel cloud and therefore was given another wind formation name.

After the storm, there were numerous downed powerlines, some roof damage, and a couple of trees on top of cars. Many of these images were captured by the local news media and played repeatedly over the next couple of days. One of the most interesting images caught by the Tampa Tribune featured TWO DOGS on TOP OF A ROOF. While the reporter never said so, the implication was that somehow these dogs got on the roof because of the strong wind.

Well, as many Seminole Heights residents know, the ROOF DOGS were not a microburst phenomenon - they are an everyday part of life.

Typically, the Roof Dogs will happily run up and down the roof when Sam and I walk by - somehow knowing exactly when to stop short of plummeting into the side yard from the second story.

I have never seen a person at the Roof Dog house - just a couple of older cars in the yard - but I would love to know why they decided to opt for roof dogs instead of indoor dogs, porch dogs, backyard dogs, etc. Not that it's a problem - the Roof Dogs seem genuinely happy and don't appear to be in too much danger of falling.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

that is hysterical! i've seen a lot of weird stuff all over seminole heights but i can honestly say i have yet to see roof dogs...i imagine given the opportunity mine would do it, too.

Rachel* said...

Awww, I think I love Sam.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, that was the best part of the news reports from that day. After Nereia and I almost killed ourselves racing from New Tampa during rush hour because everything on the radio was "property damage at hillsborough and florida", we found only leaves and debris stuck to our new paint job. The "property damage" occurred on central...

Devon said...

I have been enjoying the roof dogs for years. The roof dogs are actually a rotating cast of characters, one of which was featured in a Trib photo a couple of years ago. I think a friend of mine still has that picture up on his fridge.