September 8, 2012

White Dog listened as I finished dressing to leave for the TEDxABQ day long seminar. I was telling her about how inspirational it is to watch and listen to speakers from every avenue of making a difference share their stories. The only thing that made me sad, I said, was that it was such a perfect Autumn day in our town. Temperatures in the low 70's, a bit moody with clouds that gathered then broke apart to reveal the sun, a crisp freshness to the air. It would be a shame to spend the day indoors in an auditorium.

Steve trailing the rest of the White Dog Army came in to check on my progress in time to hear White Dog's response. "Momma," she began. "I want to start by saying this is for you not me although I would love if you choose what I am about to propose."

"The LAST thing you need is to be inspired to change the world. You are doing it everyday, constantly thinking about a better world, a kinder world, a world without cancer. You should be GIVING those lectures not just attending them...don't interrupt...What you need is selfish time. Time stolen from the bazillions of things you have on your lists to step back and refresh and recharge. Run away for a day, shirk responsibility, just be. This is an incredible day don't waste it inside hearing what your heart already knows. Go up into the mountains...take us or not but I hope you do...and just walk in the trees, listen to the wind, stretch your eyes to the horizon, feel the cold water of the stream, and watch for hawks circling. Draw you inspiration there."

"But we already have tickets." "Consider it a contribution to a wonderful cause." "But..." WD silenced me with a lick and I turned to look at Steve. "She makes a damn good point."

Welcome to the WDAxSandiaCrest, truly an inspiration...
Puff stands at her Angel Sister Sheena's favorite spot where the world just spreadsout before you.
The sage WD knows what inspires. Thank you Little White Dog of My Heart.


GOOSE said...

Good choice! Way to go WD's.

meowmeowmans said...

That's just perfect! That White Dog sure is a smart one. :)

Cappy the Eskie said...

Siku, you are wise beyond your years. It appears that you all had a wonderful relaxing day.

We emailed your Mom a picture of all of us for the Tribute Wall for the Walk to End Cancer.

Also, you should be receiving some crocheted “doggie blankets” in the mail this week. The pictures were sent as attachments in the

Put them to good use in any way that you can to help such a wonderful cause.

Hugs and yips,
Cappy and Ollie

Jeanne Pursell said...

Absolutely wise beyond their years!!! Three cheers for the WDA!!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

Amber DaWeenie said...

WD...you are amazing! Beautiful pictures!

Random Felines said...

That was a great suggestion.... we may have to make our mom do that (though we will prefer to stay home). :)

Brian said...

Such a wonderful place and one terrific choice!

Jo's World said...

Plus the little girl probably knows TED talks are featured right on our computers. Some are even captioned for people like me.

While you may have to wait for
Ted-Abbakerky it may show up on


Not such a big choice, I'd say!


Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Cappy, your family is so generous and thoughtful! The afghans arrived today and both are stunning! Momma won't let us lay on them but we could sniff you and Ollie! There are going to be VERY convetted items in the auction we are certain and we thank your mom for all of the time she took to contribute to the fight against the c monster. We also received the photo which we have already printed out to hang on the Tribute Wall...we will be honored to Walk beside you! Momma will send you a peek via email.