November 10, 2009

White Dog was shocked and saddened to learn of the death of her dear friend, Hana. We cried and hugged each other and sent thoughts of love and support to her parents who must be in shock over their loss. Then White Dog looked at me and said, "Hana was a joyful girl; full of life let's celebrate her and let her live forever in our memories, not say goodbye in a river of tears!" White Dog can sometimes be very wise...so here is our picture of Hana, the beautiful ButterEskie:
  • Hana was regal not just because she was beautiful physically, she bore herself with a nobility, a generosity of spirit that invited us to share her adventures, and cheer for her stories.
  • Hana was the first friend who ever left a comment on our blog. We blogged for over a year without ever receiving a word and one day there was Hana, saying "hi" and telling us how much she liked what we were writing. Then she posted an invitation on her own popular blog for everyone to come to White Dog Diaries to meet us.
  • Hana was a gentlelady of style with tastes and habits similar to White Dog's; the first picture we saw of her she lounged on a bench wearing a lovely ribbon necklace. The lighting and her expression reminded us of the confidence and poise of Cleopatra. To this day White Dog will not wear any clothes EXCEPT for a ribbon necklace that Hana's mom made for her, she says when she does that she feels as elegant as her friend looked.
  • Hana and her family can be counted on to help out those in need in our blog world. They helped organize auctions, make ribbon necklaces to donate, encourage the rest of us to visit newcomers, and are always among the first to post encouraging prayers for those with special needs.
  • Hana and her mom regularly sent White Dog and Steve emails of support while I was in the hospital; they sent me cheery notecards which were one of the few bright spots in my hospital room. All of us so clung to those words.
  • Hana loved Sammy Snacks enough that the owner of the treat company asked her to become a spokesmodel for their products...her magnetic personality and smile made her an instant star. Never a selfish diva, Hana recommended White Dog to Sammy Snacks for a spokemodeling opportunity as well.
  • Hana is also the star of a series of wonderful everyday moment videos that her mom has posted on YouTube. Each captures the quiet everyday love in her home...each is a true affirmation of family.
  • Hana came from a large family which has a yearly reunion; the ocean of white fluff from those gatherings was heart warming--and there was Hana right in the midst of it all! She and her mom continued the fun year round by arranging Eskie Meets with those who were in town visiting.
  • Hana's Christmas magnet from last year still hangs low enough on the refrigerator for White Dog to see it regularly. Once when the cleaning lady knocked it off the door and it slipped under the unit, White Dog lay looking under the refrigerator and whimpered until Steve came home and could help us move the unit and rehang her friend's picture.
  • Finally, White Dog does tear up as we think of what a magical beautiful butterfly Hana made this Halloween...and now she has wings of her own!

Hana is not gone; she will live forever in the hearts and memories of every single person (two- and four-legged) she has touched. We sat outside last night and looked to the stars trying to find Hana. One clearly winked at us and we knew it was White Dog's friend letting us know she is happy...and safe...and waiting.


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

My mom is sitting here with leaky eyes fur so many reasons...

Tank woo fur sharing such a beaWOOtiful tribute to Hana...

Fur some reason, our paths nevFUR khrossed and I feel so sad and sorry fur that having read all the pawesome words of tributes 'round The Blogosphere since her khrossing...

I'll have to make up fur my oversights one day when I'm 'khross THAT bridge...of khourse, it won't be fur a long long long time...

I'll khyss my mom now if WD will khyss hers!


TwoSpecialWires said...

This was a perfectly lovely tribute, and a gentle reminder of what a gift we are to our people; and for the human readers, what a blessing we, as furry friends, are to them. All of us. We didn't know Hana. We wish we had. But now we'll go visit her blog and send her moma our love.

Thank you so much for sharing, and for your wise and always beautiful words.
Jake and Fergi xxoo

Casper said...

Wonderful tribute Siku. You got me crying again for Hana. We miss her so.

Kim and Shar said...

Our hearts are breaking too for Hana's mom and dad. We can't even give thought to the day when our precious eskie will cross her rainbow bridge. Sad. Just so sad.

Your beautiful tribute to her was a reminder to snuggle our baby in our arms and let her know how much she is loved.

PS: Siku, there IS a special star in the sky - Hana's star.

Ginger Jasper said...

That is a beautiful tribute to a lovely woofie friend.. I am sorry that I didn't get to meet this little one as it sounds as though it would have been very special to have done so.. Thank you for such a loving tribute.. Hugs GJ xx

The OP Pack said...

We did not know Hana until she was gone, but she sure must have been a wonderful creature. It is obvious to us how much you and White Dog loved her and are saddened by her passing. Hugs to you and White Dog from all of us.

Woos, the OP Pack and Mom

Charlie said...

Wonderful tribute for Hana. She and Siku were really friends. We were saddened and shocked by her passing too. It reminded us that life is fleeting and we should enjoy and treasure every moment with our friends(both hoomans and dogs).


Comet and BLU said...

What a beautiful tribute to such a beautiful spirit. Thank you, even though it started the tears all over again.

Casper and pals said...

We also were shocked and so saddened to find out that Hana had crossed the Bridge.Momma was crying and we came and consoled her.

Hana was the first blogging Eskie we met and through her we met all the other blogging Eskies too (including you)!

Thank you for the beautiful tribute to Hana.

Woofs from Casper, Buddy, Nikki and foster Eskies Jazzy and Bailey

Teddy Bear said...

Beautiful beautiful tribute, Siku. We will miss Hana SO much. CHerish every moment.

Teddy Bear

Ariel said...

What a beautiful post and tribute.Hana was very special and lovely.We never forget those who are gone cause they live forever in our hearts....Hugs

Scottie the 'Cutie' said...

That is a beautiful tribute to Hana...although I have not known her, she & her family truly are special friends to many other doggies & their family. Run free, Hana...we miss you lots.