December 22, 2011 Happy Birthday White Dog!

White Doghas grown up beneath the banner of this blog. It was started at the urging of Steve to document our new baby’s life and to give exercise to my writingskills. In the process of sharing our life with White Dog (2,366 posts today)we have become members of an incredible family in the blogger world, havestretched as individuals, and have found the courage to journey life paths thatweren’t necessarily in our original plans.

If you readthis blog for more than three days, I suspect it is quickly obvious that SikuMarie, is la Perrita Blanca de mi Corazon (the little white dog of my heart).She is my confident, my critic, my cheerleader, my challenger, and myconscience. Siku is wise and strong, compassionate and a defender of those inneed. She is the standard to which I aspire.

Raised anonly child of privilege for more than half of her life, White Dog has one byone adjusted to each special needs member we have brought into our family. Shehas set boundaries (no one else can sleep on the bed with us) but she hasembraced her responsibilities to the rest of the Army (it is she who sitsinside the dog door and barks so Quinn, who gets confused in the nighttime, canfind his way back in).
Every single day I thank the Universe for my little one for I simply cannot imagine lifewithout her. That day may come, and I have made a vow to her to be brave and tolove again, but for today that thought is banished and we celebrate life. Sikuis a joyous dance of embracing the now and being open to the wonder thatsurrounds us. She deserves positive energy and focused delight on her day.

Today TheMighty Quinn, Nuka Angel, Puff the Magical, and YoYoMa ask you to join paws andhands with us in a whirling birthday Bhangra to honor the leader of the White DogArmy…dancing, laughing, sharing, and then some CAKE! Happy Birthday, Siku Marie

Steve has put together this Smilebox as his tribute to the girl who loves to go forsunrise runs with him, shares ownership in his Zap! Electric car, and who will stayawake to watch musicals with him long after I doze off.  Siku owned a special piece of him the momenthe pulled the two-pound ball of fluff from her travel crate at the airport so long ago and she looked up at him, blinking in surprise.

Remember, at the end of this festive day (which we are going to stretch out as long as wecan), the WDA will randomly choose seven commenters who will win theopportunity to direct a special gift to the charity of their choice!


The Slimmer Puggums and the mamas said...

Happy Barkday Siku Marie! Wesa loved the Smilebox that your daddy created as it was heartfelt and super special. May you have many more birthdays beyond your 7 years of reigning wisdom and guidance.
Much Luvums,
The Slimmer Puggums
George, Gracie, Toby, Lily, and Mimi

Cappy the Eskie said...

What a beautiful tribute to you !

We hope that you have a wonderful Barkday Siku! We wish you a very long and healthy life filled with much love, fun adventures, many good friends, and a never-ending supply of toys and treats.

Brian said...

Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday to you Siku. I know your special day will be as special as you!!!

I brought you a bone

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Happy Happy White Dog Day!!!!!!!

We hope it will be pawesome and awesome and FURRY!


nancyturtle said...

Happy Birthday White Dog Queen Siku Marie! I feel priveledged to have met you in the fur! Enjoy your special day.
Miss Zoe

Amber DaWeenie said...

We all wish you a very Hap-Pee, Yap-Pee Birthday, Siku Marie! It was so nice watching you grow up through your Smilebox! It brought back so many memories for Mom of her sweet girl, Tasha, and of course Reno, both now running the fields at Rainbow Bridge.

Enjoy your wonderful day, White Dog, and save me a piece of cake.....a big piece!

Agnes B Bullock said...

Happy Birthday Siku Marie!

Fuzzy Tales said...

A very happy birthday to Siku from we two kitties, and our mom too!

The Island Cats said...

Happy Birthday, Siku!

Swimflyaway said...

Happy Birthday White Dog!

I am ofter amazed by how much love is shown in your Army. I wish you MANY more years to continue sharing that love where ever you go.


PS: When I finish growing up, Siku, I want to be just like you. :-)

ra husky said...

We all wish woo the happiest of birthdays Siku! Play bows,

RA, Isis & Nanuk

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Happy Birthday to a special girl who is the delight of the home!

And Merry Christmas.

Wyatt said...

Happy Birthday Dear Siku, Happy Birthday to Youuuuuuuu!!
7 is good. Mature enuff to know better, but still a puppy at heart :D

Wyatt and Stanzie

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Happy birthday, sweet Siku Marie. You have a very special place there to call home. You are one very blessed pup. Enjoy that cake.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Nola said...

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Siku Marie, happy birthday to you!!!! YAY!!!! Happy birthday my friend!
My mom and I have loved reading your blog, you're part of the reason my mom started mine. Thank you for being my friend and may you have many more years with your loving family!
Dachshund Nola

Remington said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope your day is filled with lots of treats and many, many hugs! Enjoy!


Happy Birthday beautiful Siku! We loved your smilebox! You were such a cutie patootie puppy!!!

The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

Random Felines said...

Happy Birthday Siku!!! We are glad to call you and the army friends and wish you many many many more birthdays!!!

Gracie =^o.o^= said...

Happy Birthday sweet friend. Sending birthday cheer across the miles. Hope you are having a fun filled day. Wishing you many, many, many, times many more years of birthdays to come!!!

Prints the Cat said...

Dear Siku Marie,
May you have a pawsome barkday today! You are so lucky to have your family and vice versa. We are also lucky to know you. Enjoy your special day!
~Prints the Cat

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Happy Birthday to you Siku Marie. Have a great day. For such a little girl, you sure give out enormous amounts of love. Enjoy your special day. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

Teddy Bear said...

Happy, Happy Birthday, Siku Marie. We hope your day is beautiful and filled with lots of goodies and treats. We're celebrating with you in spirit. We love you!

Teddy Bear & Sierra

meowmeowmans said...

Happy birthday, Siku Marie! We love you so muc, and send you lots of purrs and prayers for a blessed birthday and year. :)

Suka said...

hey Siku Marie,

I hope I am not too late to the pawty! :->

Happy 7th Birthday my sweet friend! Your birthday video was pawsome, and I especially love the photo of you in 2007 standing in the snow. You were an adorable pup and you are a beautiful dog. Here is wishing you a fabulous, fun-filled 7th birthday, and an amazing next year of your life! I look forward to another year of sharing in your adventures, and many more years of friendship!

Woofs, hugs, kisses, and love,

Suka (and K!!)

24 Paws of Love said...

Thank you Siku for being there for your mom and dad and being the fire in their hearts. May you have a lovely birthday with your loving family and many more.

Karen Jo said...

Happy Birthday, Siku! I hope you get extra treats and loving today.

bichonpawz said...

Happy Birthday Siku Marie!!! What a wonderful tribute!!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

The Thundering Herd said...

Happy Birthday Siku Marie! We love reading your adventures.

Mr. Pip said...

So sorry, I am late! Happy Birthday, Siku Marie! I hope you had a wonderful day filled with love and treats! What a lovely and heartfelt tribute to a lovely dog and soul!

Your pal, Pip

Rebecca said...

happy birthday siku!! love to you and the wda!!

Sagira said...

Happy Birthday beautiful girl!
I love the video, brought tears to my eyes. Loved the puppy photos, SO cute!

Kari in Vegas said...

Happy Birthday! So sorry we are late :(

Stop on by for a visit