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Austin has a love-hate relationship with rain. With the severe drought over the past few years, it has been mostly a love relationship. Still, it can be a bit of a shock when water falls out of the sky after weeks or months without it.

But when the rains come, we’re reminded of why we’ve been somewhat content with the dry weather. Rain doesn’t sound as treacherous as an ice storm or tornado, but like Boy Scouts say, always be prepared. Like any weather event, people need to be ready to handle whatever may fall from the sky. Thankfully, rain isn’t always about battening down the hatches. Sometimes it can be fun. But you’ve got to be smart about it.

So, here are the 10 things smart Austinites do when it rains!

10.) Bring the dog inside

Photo: Flickr user Indi Samarajiva, creative commons licensed.

Photo: Flickr user Indi Samarajiva, creative commons licensed.

You don’t want to be wet and cold outside. Neither does Fido. Make him a warm spot inside and he’ll probably be fine. If he spooks with lightning, you might have a four-legged sleeping partner. One sure way to help calm down a dog that hates storms is a Thunder Shirt from Austin’s own Bark-N-Purr. It’s like you’re giving your dog a hug the entire time they are wearing it!

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