First knows for her family, it could have been so much worse, in so many ways. Just one in particular, is that she and her husband had been fostering another special needs dog up until Wednesday of last week.
That dog would have been a wreck in the floods, but got adopted, just in time, by a wonderful family in Boston.
"Thank God. He would have been so terrified," First says. "Funny how things work."
Early Wednesday morning, the rain broke. The floods began to subside.