8.18.2011

August 18, 2011

White Dog and the rest of the White Dog Army are grateful this Thankful Thursday for our blogging community and other friends that understand that the WDA are not just pets but are rather, important members of our family and this community. They appreciate being recognized as unique personalities with their own attitudes and perspectives. They are honored to share their lives with so many whose families consist of hair and fur, hands and paws, words and woofs (or purrs). It is not, as White Dog, our resident philosopher, likes to say, the shape of the package but rather, the heart and soul inside.

Encounters with such kindred leave us feeling a part of the Whole and accepted for what comes naturally to us...it is impossible to feel silly about crying into your best friend's fur over the fact that your gentle rescue pup has played with a stuffie for the first time ever when the listeners clap with joy and share their similar experiences. It is incredibly freeing to be part of a world where those you respect never would tease you by saying, "it is only a dog!" And when it is time for sadness, the comfort offered is real and the positive energy genuine.

This all comes to mind this late Thankful Thursday night as we have just ended a long catch-up telephone conversation with Heart Family that are tied to us through White Dog and Quinn (and Nuka and Puff and YoYoMa who they have not yet met). Their Prinnie and Digby and Atka stories bring to mind times we have spent together and we have a vivid picture of Paddy, their new boy, just waiting to be confirmed by an actual sniff and hug.

Truly half the conversation involved their trauma of leaving the pups behind while our friends head back East for a family obligation. The status of Quinn and YoYo's developing relationship took much time as well. Conversation flowed between topics human and dog and there was no real differentiation in tone or importance. That is the way it works best in the blog world as well. It is impossible to just talk dogs (or kitties)without the context of their families and what affects them both. And in sharing, we become something more than just story tellers, we become bonded, joined together, caring about each family's Big Picture...we become an amazing amalgam, fortified and celebrated as we reach out and connect hand to paw across the globe.

For friends and Heart Family and Blogging Family who passionately understand (and who are nodding in agreement now) we are most Thankful.

11 comments:

24 Paws of Love said...

And thank you! It is so wonderful being part of such a community that understands all those little treasures and small gifts that are so neatly wrapped up in fur. That we recognize how these wonderful creatures are tied up in every part of our lives and that we can celebrate just who they are for what they are.

We are especially grateful for you and the WDA for understanding the amazing gifts and insights you share about your dogs and the deeper meaning that is involved. Thank you. How wonderful to be part of your world. :)

Mack said...

So well put!
We are thankful for our WDA friends!!!

Amber DaWeenie said...

Oh, Wow....what can we say. This was beautiful. And we do feel more and more connected with each day that passes.

Random Felines said...

well said....it is amazing to have met so many people who "get it". Mom says she can't imagine life without us....even if some people don't get it. :)

Brian said...

Love it! We are all unique, yet we have so much in common.

Mr. Pip said...

We agree! This community is amazing. We are continually awed by the generosity and kindness of our bloggie friends!

Your pal, Pip

Sagira said...

Couldn't agree more, this is a great community. :)

Bailey Be Good! said...

So true! We are so thankful for all of you! Big woofs & hugs!! <3

~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

Jacqueline said...

We adore and admire your beautiful family and appreciate being a part of your family through these shared moments, filled with love and understanding...We are so thankful and blessed to have all of you in our lives=you guys touch us deeply in our hearts...We love you all...kisses...J, Calle, Halle, Sukki

Bailey Be Good! said...

Stopping by to wish you a wonderful weekend!

Woofs & hugs <3,

~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

The Thundering Herd said...

We only have one thing to say - Amen.