11.18.2010

November 18, 2010

White Dog knows that we are incredibly blessed, especially during these troubling economic times, to have our home, an income, adequate health coverage and food on our table. We know many in the Blogging Community who are unemployed, who are struggling to make ends meet, who have been challenged by unexpected medical/vet costs.

She and Quinn listened in horror as I discussed with Steve an Eskie breeder who only 6 years ago had an idyllic farm in Kansas and bred happy healthy brilliant pups who lived with the family in their house. Seems the farm fell on hard times financially and in a misguided attempt to generate enough money to save the farm, the breeder started mill breeding. As the nation’s situation has worsened over the past few years, the demand for expensive purebred puppies has decreased. The farm went into foreclosure. At about the same time, the breeder discovered she had brain cancer and as it has progressed she has lost mobility and the ability to function. The farm was lost, and the family was forced to move into a rental trailer where the dogs were not allowed by the landlord. Consequently, for some time, the animals have lived in dog houses in the yard…their once sparkling white coats matted and their shining eyes dimmed from hopelessness.

A rescue acquaintance discovered the situation and bought four of the pups and the sire and rehomed them (keeping two himself). He teared up as he described the conditions and lamented that he had to leave the 12 year old dam behind because he had no more room. “No one in that small town is going to take in a old broken down Eskie, she is sleeping outside in the dirt because she is afraid of the dog house and it is getting so cold at night,” he shared.
When he said the name of the town, we started. We asked him to repeat and then asked if the one-time kennel had been named after the surrounding hills. His answer chilled us…this was the kennel White Dog had come from! The same breeder who had so carefully screened us. The same breeder who took such pride in her “babies.” The breeder that gave us such a loving, wise, incredible companion in the form of Siku had been reduced to this!

Without even needing to debate, and despite the fact that we had just agreed to adopt Nuka, we told him that we would take in Puff, that we owed a distant relative of WD—and her birthplace-- that much. So from a family who had at one time said with certainty, “We are a one dog house!” we have become the White Dog Army (and are at our limit in terms of city ordinance).

Tomorrow, weather permitting, Steve flies with Terry in his personal plane to rescue Puff from any more nights of sleeping in the dirt in 30 degree temps. And tonight we say a prayer that someday no pup will ever sleep out in the cold, hungry and abandoned by hope.

15 comments:

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

You sure know how to bring on the tears - sad ones for the life Puff has been living and happy ones for the wonderful you. One day you will receive your reward for ALL the good you do. We have been trying to think of another alphabet code, but all we can think of is how lucky and special this one white dog is.

Hugs and woos, the OP Pack and Mom

ra_husky said...

Not a dry eye here-we will say a prayer with you, have a safe flight.

RA & Isis

Suka said...

What a harrowing story. Just tragic, for all the humans and animals involved. You are Angels for saving Puff. Have a safe flight and good luck! Puff is one fortunate girl to have all of you as her new family.

My paws are crossed and we are praying that she handles the transition well, and that she is not in any health danger from her ordeal.

Thank you for saving yet another pup! Your kindness and love is amazing!

Suka (and K!)

Teddy Bear said...

Mommy is tearing up as she reads this. Such a sad beginning but what a beautiful ending. We can't wait to meet Puff.:) Your pawrents are amazing.:)

Love,
Teddy Bear

Brian said...

I hope the rescue team has a safe flight and a purrfect mission. Puff has no idea about the love that will be coming her way, but she will understand when she meets all of you. Y'all rock!!!

Mack said...

You guys are so awesome!!!

Rebecca said...

WOW! Tears are flowing here. It always breaks my heart when I see dogs outside. I am sure that Puff will be grateful beyond words. You guys are truly wonderful examples of how people should be. You are up to four! So special. I hope all goes well on the flight.

Kari in WeHo said...

oh wow you guys are so amazing! So many little lives brought into your family in this short time period

Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com/

Remington said...

So sad....my wish is that all animals would have loving and safe homes....

Ginger Jasper said...

Oh my goodness. This made us tear up big time. That poor sweet love wondering what she did wrong. You are the best for this and I hope you get her back safe and sound so she gets some loving she so deserves. Hugs GJ x

Sam said...

It is beyond the right thing to do - you are my heroes! Our thoughts will be with you!

Sam

Ozark Mountain Cats said...

We're so happy that Puff is going to have a new home. We hope there is a great family union tomorrow night.

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Things that make you khry
THEN
SMILE!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

meowmeowmans said...

Tears in my eyes from reading your post. You guys are PAWsome!

The Thundering Herd said...

From a family of (mostly) rescues to another - bless you!