January 25, 2012

White Dog and the White Dog Army
Wonderful World Wednesday
White Dog said, “Two thousand four hundred is a big number isn’t it, momma?”

She was referring to the fact that this post is our 2400th. It represents more than six and half years, and about 500,000 words. It is the roadmap of a journey that hardly followed the original plan of an only pup household (White Dog) which somehow became the White Dog Army of five. It is the record of growth and maturity…not just of a precious pup into an elegant wise dog, but of a family’s evolution as well.

In the time span of 2400 posts we have watched times get tougher, yes, but we have come to appreciate that through it all, this IS a wonderful world…full of positive people and miracles and the pervasive desire to make a difference.

Our blog has always been a little side oddity. We are not in the thick of most things. It has allowed us a certain objectivity and freedom to observe our community over the course of half a million words. When White Dog and I started this blog on June 24, 2005 it was customary to not show humans in photos or to really mention them at all; in general, blogs were solely about the pup.  We found it impossible to separate the story of White Dog from the context of her family and the people in her life. She and I were co-authors, equals, of the posts we made. (She still sits with me for every post we publish). Over time we noticed a shift within the Blogworld away from anonymity to embrace the fact that life…especially a fur one’s…is a tapestry filled with many characters and settings.

It is at that point, White Dog and I believe, that our Blogworld blossomed into a community, family, a group tied together by more than a love of pets and the need to write about it. We became REAL to each other and when that happened it began to matter in the most personal way when one of us was in need, or in pain. We cared and wanted to help and to share (both sadness and triumphs). It is that connection that today is our anchor in times when our faith is shaken (like by yesterday’s story of Ava) and we doubt for a moment just how wonderful the world truly is.

When we need refilling or reassurance or encouragement or just a smile we come here…home…and throw ourselves into your paws and arms. And you never fail us. How wonderful a world is that?

Thank you. Ours IS a wonderful world because of you.


Mr. Pip said...

2400 posts wow that is truly amazing! We feel the same way and are so grateful for the friends we have made and the community we are part of!


Your pal, Pip

Brian said...

Congratulations! That is so wonderful and I thought my paws were tired going on 1000!

bbes tribe said...

2400 posts!!! Amazing! We enjoy visiting and reading. We also agree with what you wrote and what Mr. Pip wrote. You all say it so well. Wishing you another 2400!!!

Amber DaWeenie said...

Wow...you have been in Blogville for a very long time. We've only been here a year as active bloggers and about 4 months before that just reading some of the blogs. We started following only about 5 of them regularly. In the last year we have learned so much and made so many new friends....many more than we have in our own neighborhood. Blogville Rocks!

Teddy Bear said...

And our world is more wonderful because of you all. Congratulations on your 2400th post. What a feat!:)

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We love your blog! Congratulations and thank you for the dedication that it has taken!

GOOSE said...

Wowzers that's amazing. Congrats.

Wyatt said...

Congrats and we look forward to the next 2400!! :D

Wyatt and Stanzie

Nola said...

Amazing! I feel the same way WDA
Dachshund Nola

24 Paws of Love said...

And it is a truly wonderful world because of you!! What a wonderful accomplishment of spreading the WDA love all over the world. We are so glad to be a part of it!

Jo's World said...

Congrats, WDA, Siku and Mom for this wonderful accomplishment, 2,400 posts!

It was interesting to know about the early days of dog blogging and I am glad you helped it to change. Its all better now!

Jo, Stella and Zkhat

Cappy the Eskie said...

Hi Everyone - Congratulations on your 2,400 post. Ollie suggested that you convert your posts into a book. We have loved and enjoyed every word. You are a very special family to us.

We have been away for a while. Our PAWrents had gone to Cabo San Lucas and we had stayed with their friends who wouldn’t allow us to access their computer. Once again, we have a LOT of catching up to do.

Note from Marcy: I’ll be leaving for Michigan on February 1st to see our daughter Lauren and the family – especially to see our little grandson, Cayden. (Tom will be staying with DA BOYZ.)

I’ll do my best to help with the auction. I’ve sent a monetary donation to Noah’s Ark Rescue for Ava. Thank you for spreading the word and the love.

Hugs and yips and love from,
Cappy, Ollie and Marcy

Remington said...

AMAZING! 2400 posts! Congrats, my friend....

Marg said...

Gosh it is so nice to meet you. 2400 posts sure is a lot of posts. Good for you. We think your blog is terrific.
We just read about that poor doggie that got all beat up. We will look around and see if we can't find something to donate to the auction and we sure will advertise it on our blog.
Thanks so much for taking part in our auction. Love you White dog and all your family members. Take care.

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

White Dog Army and family. You have hit the nail on the head. We love blogville too and it is a true community. Congratulations on 2400 posts. That is amazing. Thanks for such a positive post. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory (and Carol)

haopee said...

Hi Mom. I'm very touched about this post. It's so sweet how pets and their bipeds can turn a regular world into an adventure for which each day becomes wonderful accounts of one's experience.

Congratulations on your 2400th post.

Huggies and Cheese,


Sagira said...

Happy 2400th post, that is amazing! :)