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Sixty five million years ago, a 6.2 mile wide asteroid slammed into the earth and unleashed hell.  The impact released 200 million times more energy than our mightiest atomic bombs, blasting superheated gas and debris in a corona of destruction that settled into a post-apocalyptic orbit around the planet.  

The dinosaurs found it impossible to survive the event.

The alligators?  Just dandy.  Maybe a bit smug seeing all those cocky tyrannosaurs get theirs.

Contemplating this helps to explain our derpy little miracle:

Tally. Lives.

Raging fire and collapsing infrastructure?  Whatever.  Stop Drop and Glare evidently works like a charm.  That and being built like a little tank.  

When we asked the rescuers if any pets had been rescued, they truthfully answered no.  However, it wasn't until some weeks later that salvage teams began entering the building.  One of them must have come across Tally, Queen of Destruction lounging in the midst of the ruins.  Or she was found embarrassingly lodged in one of the traps left out to retrieve missing cats- depends on how much dignity you assign to her.  

Word made it to us days ago that she was alive.  We found her safe and sound at the Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary- which, by the way, has awesome tours.

We are, of course, overjoyed.  We cleaned her up, can see her whenever we want, and the world feels right again.  

Bad things happen in life- but if you hang in there, occasionally, hope pays off.  
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white-tigress-12158 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Yeah! Live on little gator!
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ooklah Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
huzzah!

Clearly, she got bored while you were away.
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donutguy640 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
ingredients: bacon, awesome sauce

SO glad to hear!
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Tattorack Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just read this now. Great to hear!
And yeah, gators are made of tough stuff!
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Watch-it1337 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
That's awesome! It really is a miracle! :D I'm happy for you!
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HazzardousEco Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
TALLY LIVED?!!

*fist pumps epically*

That is a stroke of amazing luck Dave and Liz, congrats to the both of you Hug and Tally too Huggle! 
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Salahir Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's great news you two :D Tally has some dragon ancestors, I'm sure. Wouldn't be surprised if some dragon legends are based on a first contact with alligators.
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ShadowOfNights Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
YAY! That's awesome to hear! And also a little frighting assuming that Tally now is invincible. o.o 
That's great to hear guys! :D How did the sanctuary know to contact you though? Was Tally chipped? 
Also, will she return home soon? Is she all right? No burns? o.o
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Dreamkeepers Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
Actually, we contacted the sanctuary when we heard a rumor through the grapevine.  She had a scratch or two, but its already healed.  Practically untouched, I don't know how she managed.  She's currently home, and very much enjoying her Blankets Homecoming.  :D
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DeathofInk Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
Glad to hear she's home again! You guys make an awesome trio! :)
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ShadowOfNights Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You better spoil that little gator for what's happened to her. ;)
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:iconpeachtales:
peachtales Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
That is so fantastically amazing.
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Treyva Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
That is great news. I hope your lives can get back to normal (or not, normal is somewhat overrated) soon.
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Asylbek Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Just WOW!
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Alex-the-Teknian Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Wow that is indeed a miracle, glad to see that your pet Tally survived the fire, some animals surely give you a surprise in survival when you less expect it. Anyway its awesome and a relief that one of your pets are still alive. =)
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leinglo Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There ought to be a new dreamkeeper character added in her honor, an alligator whose power is being indestructible.
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Rutgerman95 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
So when is Dr. Tallehassee going to write the sequel to that awesome book about killing mice?
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Dreamkeepers Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
She's writing a draft now that involves killing apartment buildings.  X D
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CastleAether Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hang in there!
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nknuds01 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Wow, that is one badass little gator.
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Sprocketsdance Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank goodness! I'm so happy for you guys!
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frycookie Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
yay!
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LizzysMind Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I first read the title I tought Liz was pregnant!
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heavens-champion Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
That is one tough little lizard.
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ezioauditore97 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Saw this earlier on Facebook and responded but,seriously this is a nice consolation for all the heartbreak you went through and I'm really happy for you two.

Just goes to show that if you find reasons to keep on living life/God may very well do something pleasantly surprising for you.
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DKoran Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Thank god :D
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shadows-play Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
" *scoffs* Humans. Why did you burn down my home. This was MY home and now look at it. Oh well I GUESS I'll come back with you if you insist but I had better get some catnip for all of this. Just look at my fur!" 
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Sin-Nombre-RPG Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
You have a pet alligator?!
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Dreamkeepers Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
Shh- she thinks she's people.
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Sin-Nombre-RPG Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
I've only seen those things on a plate- fried, with Tabasco sauce >:)

And once in the backyard...true story.
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A-hardie Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Thank god she's alive, but.....you said can see her whenever you want. Do you mean she's staying at the sanctuary, or you got to bring her home?
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Dreamkeepers Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
She's home presently, and enjoying the Return to Blankets Everywhere.  
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A-hardie Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
Well that's good then, to have your little terror back.
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USBLynx Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well she did survive a burning building, and potentially went weeks without food and human love. So I would expect the sanctuary to keep her under observation.
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A-hardie Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Yes, but I meant that with the exception of dwarf caimans, crocodillians are now illegal in Ohio
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USBLynx Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lovely...
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:icona-hardie:
A-hardie Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
However,Tally was owned prior to this ban coming in, so she may be exempt.
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Dreamkeepers Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
They were technically supposed to grandfather in those pets, but they were so busy building a million-dollar concrete prison with pits and electric fences, that it seemed clear they were going to confiscate whatever they could to justify their stupidity.  Trying to cooperate with their bureaucracy got us nowhere, and was a factor in deciding to leave the state for good.   
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A-hardie Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
You're no longer in Ohio? Where did you move to and how did I miss this?
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Dreamkeepers Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
We moved a little over a year ago, came up to southeastern Michigan.  So not too far off, but yep!  The anti-gator state is now behind us.
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webcomicrelief Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
This quiet literally made my day! So happy for you guys!
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MethusulaComics Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
:)
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Fox-Keiser Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
can see her whenever you want? you mean she is staying at the Alligator Sanctuary?
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Dreamkeepers Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
She's now happily back home, exploring All the Blankets.  :)
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Damshe Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow...  That's a relief.  I'm glad to hear that she made it.
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Crowdingfever Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
what a survivor.
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VeTeRiLu Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist
:squee:

Thats brilliant news!!!

:hooray: So awesome!!!

Go for it Tally :D, that's EPIC
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Slaydus-The-Severn Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That's incredible!! Words cannot describe how happy I am for you guys and Tally! Dance! Boogie! :squee: 
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AlisaTheArtiste Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fjkasd;fksj that's amazing!
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Halfdrake010 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
:iconhomerwoohooplz: holy shit thats great!
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