Thanks, Annie! The whole trip was amazing. We went down to Mount Dora first and spent the night. I rarely get storm photos because storms form and move quickly in Florida. If you are standing out in the open taking photos, you are at risk of a lightning strike or a heavy drenching. This storm never came across the lake, giving me the opportunity to take many pictures. Our side got strong winds, maybe gusts up to 25 mph, but the rain didn’t come and the lightning was on the far side of the storm so that wasn’t a big risk where I was.

The next day we drove 90 minutes south to adopt two 10-year-old dogs — one is a Lhasa Apso and the other a Lhasa Poo — whose owners were moving to a retirement community that only allows one dog. They have a younger dog with many health problems and knew he would be a long shot to get adopted, plus they couldn’t allow the two older dogs to be separated so they were the ones that needed to go. It was very serendipitous the way I came to find out about them (a story for Medium) when I was looking to adopt an older dog. Turned out to be a 2-for-1 deal! The owners were heartbroken to give up their dogs but they didn’t have any choice.

We are going through the standard adjustment period now but I am sure the pups will adjust and do fine with us. So, we are now up to 3 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 guinea pigs!

The proposal was just a pleasant surprise — first time I’ve been asked by a stranger to video his proposal!

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