October 16, 2010

White Dog sat next to me with her head on my lap. It had been an emotional roller coaster of a day and we both were spent and feeling more than a little disappointed. "Everything happens for a reason, you know," she reminded me and I sighed.

The saga began the other day when an Eskie rescuer (who I respect for the fact that he focuses on saving senior and impaired dogs) sent out a plea for help. Because of his focus on the hard to home, he often just ends up becoming their "permanent foster." Anyway, he had been found out and cited by his city for his excessive number of dogs and was at risk of losing them all. He was desperately trying to find new homes NOW for several in hopes that he could placate the officials somehow. We followed his story as others stepped forward to take in a 17 year old Eskie dad and his 14 year old daughter, and a trio of three teenagers rescued when an empty nester couple lost their home.

Last night White Dog and I read his update and discovered that Snowball, a 13 year old Eskie girl who was "quirky" still hadn't been rehomed. We sent a note asking a few basic questions and upon getting answers, the family powwowed.

White Dog and Steve agreed that we had to "do the right thing." Quinn never had any doubt. We composed an answer saying that we would welcome Snowball as a part of our family.
This morning we rushed to the computer to find a gleeful answer and made plans to fly Snowball to us. We discussed the logistics and excitedly planned for a new arrival early next week.

Our excitement was crushed this afternoon and our hearts wounded when we received a second response saying "Thanks, but a local home has been found for Snowball, and you do not need to take her in after all." Deflated, we tried not to take the ending as a rejection. We focused on the most important fact...this senior girl would have a home to safely and happily live out the rest of her days. And that are lots of pups in similar situations that need help, too.

But the spontaneity and rightness of the moment is what made this adoption seem so right... now White Dog and I sit side-by-side and try to remember sometimes magic happens (like when Quinn came to us)...and sometimes it is just smoke and mirrors.


Cappy the Eskie said...

Hi Everyone,
That’s such a wonderful gesture. Wow – the possibility of having 3 Eskies! Mom would want to move in with you. Magic does sometimes happen and if it’s meant to be, it will.

My sister Lauren wanted to call me *Snowball*, but perhaps *Quirky* would have been a better choice.

Hugs and yips,
Cappy and Ollie

Teddy Bear said...

How wonderful that your Family was willing to take in Snowball. Mommy says that sometimes the thought is as generous as the did. We love you all!

Teddy Bear

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Mom says don't furget things happen fur reasons...

Here's hoping to more happy endings...


♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Snowball would have made a wonderful addition to your pack. WD, TOWD, and AWD (Another White Dog). That was so nice of you to open your door and hearts to Snowball. Maybe you will get another opportunity:)

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Pee Ess, thanks for the extra good wishes.

Brian said...

Yep, I agree, things really do happen for a reason. Perhaps she wasn't up for traveling right now and your kindness helped lead to a local home. You are wonderful for wanting her!

Rebecca said...

Snowball would have loved to be with you all Im sure. We are all glad she has a good home, but we totally understand that it is kind of disappointing.

Kari in WeHo said...

Wow how amazing that you were going to reach out and take in this pup. Dog rescue has its ups and downs and I understand the letdown of things not going as planned but still working out in the end. While I was not supposed to keep Quinn I still had the letdown when local person was able to pull him as I had been planning and excited about doing it myself. Im sure this pup will be very happy in her new home.


Prinnie,Digby and Atka said...

The fact that you even considered Snowball becoming part of your family speaks volumes. We are so proud of you, and share your disappointment. YOU did the right thing, and we honor you for that!

Love you all!

Suka said...

hey Siku Marie and Quinn,

I am both happy and sad at your news. I am happy that Snowball found a local forever home so she won't have to travel, but I am really sad that you lost out on a sisfur (fursis??).

Snowball may not have been the one meant for you, but the fact that you so willingly opened your hearts and home means that one day there may be a pup that will need you and you will all be ready.

I am glad your story had a happy ending and I hope he continues to find wonderful loving home for his rescue dogs.


Sagira said...

How nice of you guys to offer to let Snowball be a part of your family. I know that you must be sad but how great is it that more than one family wanted a senior dog? That is AWESOME.

Moms says we have some Senior Weimaraners in our rescue if we can interest you in one of those? BOL

Scout 'n Freyja said...

So furry sorry that your ♥s are all sad 'bout not bein' able to offer your home to that special dog.