January 18, 2012

White Dog and the White Dog Army
Wonderful World Wednesday

White Dog often wonders if her brother Quinn once had a loving human who cared for him but who died or was forced to leave him wandering the streets to end up at a city kill shelter. Quinn’s story is, of course, buried in his head and he never speaks of what led to his joining the WDA. But Quinn is a beautiful boy. While he was terrified, underweight and matted, it  didn’t seem as though he had endured a lifetime of being unloved or had chosen homelessness.
Homelessness leads to hopelessness…both in dogs and in humans. And when creatures give up, the world loses potential and possibilities. A hand up not only helps those in need but revives lost strength and energy that may someday make a HUGE difference in the world.

White Dog found this story wonderful because at her darkest hour, one teen’s world was changed, her talent recognized, and her loved ones saved...and the world rescued an enormous potential.

By Good News Network Monday, January 16, 2012
Originally published: January 13, 2012 9:09 AM Updated: January 13, 2012 10:33 PM
joie.tyrrell@newsday.com,, jo.napolitano@newsday.com

 A dedicated marine biology student at a Long Island High School learned she was named one of 61 finalists for the $100,000 Intel Science prize just days after her family was forced to move into a homeless shelter. Samantha Garvey's intensive 6-years of research on mussel ecosystems led to her invitation to the prestigious national science competition.

Intel semifinalist Samantha Garvey spoke Friday of a "new beginning" for her and her family.

The same holds true for their spunky pit bull, Pulga, whom they were able to spring from a shelter thanks to an anonymous donor.

The family, evicted from their rented home on New Year's Day, will move from a homeless shelter to a three-bedroom, county-owned house in Bay Shore this month.

Now, thanks to news reports on TV and print, the 17-year-old student and her family have been flooded with offers of help, including a 3 bedroom home available soon from Suffolk County Social Services and money from a kind stranger to retrieve the beloved family pets from an animal shelter.

She said she never thought her biggest worries would be eliminated in a day. The family pets, including a dog, cat and turtles were also invited to move into the Long Island rental home, once repairs are completed in ten days.

The White Dogs have paws crossed that, whether Samantha wins or not, that she will go on to make a difference in the world…and to pay forward the wonderful opportunities she received..


KB said...

Thanks for reminding me that it is a wonderful world! What a lovely story.

Nola said...

What a heartwarming story
Dachshund Nola

Teddy Bear said...

What a wonderfully touching story. We loved reading it.:) Thank you so much for your positive thoughts for Kobe. Auntie Kim still has not heard anything.:(

Teddy Bear & Sierra

Ginger Jasper said...

Thhat is a wonderful story and something tells me that the young girl will indeed pay it forward.. Makes the heart feel warmer.. Hugs GJ xx

Brian said...

That is a wonderful story and she is an incredible human!

Random Felines said...

It is amazing how one small change for a person (or animal) can make all the difference....

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Wasn't that just a wonderful story! We wish that girl, her pup,and her family all the very best in their futures.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Amber DaWeenie said...

Such a heartwarming story. Thank You.

As for homeless pet....wouldn't it be nice if they could only talk and tell you where they came from. Right now I'm perched on the edge of my chair as a little stray dog that came into our lives yesterday is snuggled up behind me. I know she probably has a wonderful home somewhere as she is well cared for, but no identification whatsoever. Hope her owners see the ad we put in the paper.

Jo's World said...

We are so happy for this girl and her family! Her faith in humankind will get stronger and it will deepen her belief in her own abilities.


Jo, Stella and Zkhat

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

That was a wonderful story. Paws crossed they live happily ever after. Thanks for sharing. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

Wyatt said...

Thanks for the smile today. Wonderful story.

haopee said...

Well, the world is full of wonderful opportunities. And both human and animals should never lose hope.

Thank you for sharing this story with us WDA.

As for Quinn, I'm pretty sure he's just happy that he found his way into a happy home like yours.

Huggies and Cheese,


Sagira said...

What a wonderful story, thanks so much for sharing.