(Photo: Andrea Andrade, Teaneck, New Jersey, via New York Times)

Jasper is wearing his life vest, ready for Hurricane Sandy.

Little Jasper reminds me of another canine who faced a terrible storm — the stalwart Toto from the Wizard of Oz.

“Hour after hour passed away, and slowly Dorothy got over her fright; but she felt quite lonely, and the wind shrieked so loudly all about her that she nearly became deaf. At first she had wondered if she would be dashed to pieces when the house fell again; but as the hours passed and nothing terrible happened, she stopped worrying and resolved to wait calmly and see what the future would bring. At last she crawled over the swaying floor to her bed, and lay down upon it; and Toto followed and lay down beside her.”

From The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. FRANK BAUM