March 14, 2011

White Dog and her siblings spent a little extra time sending Steve off to work this morning. They knew it was important for him to take more than the usual White Dog positive energy with him. Then we all sat by the phone and jumped when it rang.

It was Steve announcing that he was officially on a new path, beginning a journey that will stretch him and challenge him and reward him in ways that his (now previous) corporate job would not allow. A howl of joy went up from WD, TOWD, AWD and SAWD...I whooped along; all of us so proud of Steve's brave move at a time in life when most of our peers are gazing longingly at approaching retirement.

He has accepted a Department Chairmanship at the college where he teaches to provide a stable base. At the same time, he is partnering with a friend to open their own architectural firm. Steve has over 30 years of experience in the field, both in design and management, and we are all confident that he will do well.

When Steve came home at lunch, we were ready. Arwen's mom, of For Pet's Sake, had breathed life and powerful mojo into a fantastic good luck voodoo made just for Steve. The White Dogs gathered around and White Dog made a speech about trust and following your instincts. Quinn put his head on Steve's lap and reassured him that the entire family supported this move. Puff shyly leaned against Steve's leg as she talked about believing and not letting fear introduce doubt. Nuka reminded us all that it is only life, and that where ever Steve's decision leads, it should always include joy.
After the wisdom of The White Dog Army, there was not much left for me to say except, "We love you." and I handed him our good luck talisman. May this phase of the journey be rewarding and wonderful and filled with opportunity for a professional, a man, a hu-dad, a husband and a best friend who so deserves the blessing of the Universe.


Cappy the Eskie said...

Behind every great man is a great woman – Congratulations to both of you, Steve and Susan. We believe in the positive energy of the Universe, all of it’s blessings and we all wish you nothing but the best in your future endeavors.

Susan ~~ Love and Best Wishes for a Happy Birthday and for many years filled with love, good health, happiness and for a wondrous future which you truly deserve.

Hugs and Yips,
Cappy and Ollie
Marcy and Tom

Teddy Bear said...

Your Dad deserves the very best. We are so excited to hear about this exciting new chapter in your lives.:) We know he'll be fabulous at everything he does.:)

Teddy Bear

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Congratulations to Steve on his new role as department head AND good luck to him in his new architectural venture. Big new life changes - way to go, Steve.

And we think we saw that today is Steve's special and supportive lady's birthday - Happy Birthday, Sue!!!

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Kari in WeHo said...

Congrats to Steve and Happy Birthday to you!


Asta said...

COngwatulations!!! This is a wondewful oppowtoonity fow the whole white dog awmy as well as the hoomans to celebwate!!!!!
We send you good wishes on this new jouwney
wif lots of love and
smoochie kisses

Ginger Jasper said...

Such a lovely post. we wish congratulations, good wishes and love to Steve in his new venture. With all of his loving family behind him I am sure all will go well. Loved your words about love and soulmate and best friend. All are such good things in any relationship and see us through so much.
Happy Birthday Sue and I know you will have a great time with your loved one's around you.. Hugs GJ and Carol xx

rottrover said...

WOO HOO! Congratulations to all of you!!

Suka said...

hey White Dog Army,

Congratulations to your dad, Steve! We are just beaming with happiness that he has successfully maneuvered onto a new and wonderful path in life! What a great new job, and then to open your own business - so very exciting. We wish you the absolute best as your family heads down a new path of joy!

Suka and K

p.s. Susan, when is your birthday? Did we miss it?? :-< Happy Birthday!!!!

Furkidsmom said...

ConCatulations to your Dad and Happy Birthday to your Mom!!!

The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

Brian said...

Hooray for your Dad! Y'all will be helping and offering advice so it will all be purrfect!

Casper said...

Happy Birthday to your Mommie and congratulations to your Daddy!!!

Brian said...

I forgot to say Happy Birthday to your Mom!!!

Jacqueline said...

Congratulations to Steve on taking this brave step toward the future of your dreams and to the whole family on the new path in your journey together...Happy Birthday, lovely Sue!...We wish you a wonderful personal new year filled with great health and tremendous joy...We are so grateful to have you guys in our lives=your kind, pure hearts and great tales of your precious babies always make us happy...Blessings to all of you, sweet friends, you guys really mean a lot to us...love and hugs...J, Calle, Halle, Sukki

meowmeowmans said...

Sounds like a day of great celebration for the White Dog Army. :) Congrats to Steve on his new appointment! And Happy Birthday to you, Sue!

ForPetsSake said...

What a lovely post - and thanks for the mention. I'm truly honored to have met such a wonderful person who clearly loves deeply and completely. Your family is blessed!
What an incredible undertaking for Steve! It must all seem so surreal for you both. But with the wisdom of the White Dog Army...and some special luck ;) you're sure to shine! Congratulations!
And Happy Birthday to you!

Stephen Sehi-Smith said...

Thank you all for your warm wishes and love.