June 6, 2011

White Dog and the rest of the White Dog Army paced nervously as the smell of smoke filled the house. I must admit there is sort of a gut-level reaction to that odor that makes one uncomfortable and edgy. The burning wood smell filling the Albuquerque valley was traveling on the winds from the wildfires currently raging out of control on the Arizona-New Mexico border but for all one could tell from the intensity, something was on fire just a few blocks away.

It has been a very dry winter in the Southwest and all of the states are watching in wide eyed horror as flames chew up over 365 square MILES of forest land, homes, resorts, and ranches in eastern Arizona. Two other separate fires also are devastating that state. As we smell the resulting destruction, it is hard to ignore the fact that New Mexico, Colorado and California are just as vulnerable. It is very scary.

So far, there has been little success in efforts to contain the fires and the largest now threatens to cross into New Mexico overnight. We fear for the wildlife, domestic animals, and of course the humans who are in mortal danger. We send positive energy and strength to those fighting the fire and ask the Universe to help with favorable weather conditions and just blind luck.

Safe in our home in Albuquerque, we shudder at the smell and at warnings for those with respiratory issues to stay inside. Puff, who has pulmonary problems resulting from her heartworm experience, is coughing and congested. We are keeping her inside as much as possible.

The White Dog Army thinks of the beautiful peaceful cool forests in our own backyard and our hikes over the tree-lined mountains. A silent sadness fills us at Arizona's loss and we hope for a quick end. They cross paws and selfishly ask that we be spared this fire season...and that the special Ent places in every one's home areas be protected from harm.

To all of our friends in wooded places suffering from drought, tonight we pray that all stay safe.


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Teddy Bear said...

We have our paws crossed that they will be able to put out the fire quickly.

Teddy Bear & Sierra

Bailey Be Good! said...

Wildfires sound like an awful thing. I hope you all keep safe and that Puff is OK with the smoke.

Puppy prayers for everyone touched by the fires.

Woofs & hugs,


Brian said...

I sure hope they get the fires under control soon, how very, very scary. We're purring for everyone!

Random Felines said...

How scary - this is the one thing that makes mom so worried about us. We have our paws crossed for everyone!!! And kisses to Puff that she stays OK!

Remington said...

I saw the fires on the nightly news. Scary and so sad for the animals out there....but I am VERY happy you are all safe....take care, my friends.

Mack said...

We so hope that all those fires are out SOON!
Stay safe WDA!!!

Kari in WeHo said...

oh I remember how our apartment in LA would fill with that smell. same thing when we lived in AK


Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Paws khrossed they khan get a handle on them soon -

We were wondering about all of woo as we watched the news earlier -


Sally Ann and Andy said...

We sure hope that the fires stop soon. Oh, Andy is going to write his own to say thank you for a gift that came today. Some fur body is very happy. Mommy wanted me to tell you "thank you" in advance. We are so very happy, and our tummies are very filled.
Sally Ann

Jacqueline said...

We are purring and praying for the fires to be put out asap and for all those affected by this scary situation...We are also keeping you all in our prayers and hoping Quinn and YoYoMa will soon establish a bond that will eventually lead to friendship...Sending much love and many hugs...J, Calle, Halle, Sukki

ForPetsSake said...

How heart-wrenching! I'm sorry you're so close to this ugliness. I remember driving through FL when we lived there and there had been a fire in the everglades. Truly stark, horrific and devastating. They say that the forests need this kind of destruction and rebirth, but I can hardly bear the though of so many displaced and so many trees wasting.
Positive thoughts your way and please be safe!

Wyatt said...

It's one thing to watch it from such a distance, on the evening news....but to read it and feel it from our blog pals....Hope it gets contained soon.

Wyatt and Stanzie