9.04.2013

September 4, 2013

White Dog and The White Dog Army
Wonderful World Wednesday

White Dog and the rest know there is no more wonderful way to make a difference in the world than to reach out your paw and heart and help another who is need. A word, a gesture, a simple act of kindness can ease pain, lift hopelessness, break through isolation, and fill a heart.

We have recently experienced firsthand the restorative balm of caring compassion as you have all walked with us through Quinn’s final days and passing. Without your strength and shoulders to lean upon, the WDA and humans would have wrapped ourselves in the ache and bitterness of a gentle soul so tortured. Your time and efforts and soothing words, instead, helped us focus on the special depth and richness Quinn added to our lives and opened us to be able to understand that although he is no longer physically with us that he is still an active part of the WDA. We have learned to be grateful for the time we had together as well as for being able to grant our precious boy release from overwhelming pain…you helped us through that.

Quinn’s message to celebrate LIFE is one that we have tried to hold true to as part of his amazing legacy. In his last days Quinn and I were nearly inseparable and we had LOTS of opportunity to share and discuss.

Just a day before he left us, Quinn stopped me as I looked at Facebook postings on my computer. There was a sad photo of an Eskie dirty and matted and staring with chilling calm. He was on deathrow in Kentucky at a high-kill shelter. Quinn and I reminisced about another Eskie, him, in a similar spot in LA years ago. “Keep an eye on this boy,” Quinn told me. “He is going to need us.”

One of the last conversations we had before he left his body was my telling Quinn that the Kentucky boy had found an adopter and not to worry. “It is not done.” He told me. “He needs us.” Sure enough, the adoption fell through and the Kentucky boy was within hours of death. I read this sad news from a rescue friend in Indiana and knew what I had to do.

Steve was in class, unreachable and there was no time to waste. I called together the White Dog Army. “I know we are still reeling from Quinn leaving and that we still hurt. It is not the schedule I would have chosen to add a new recruit. But then again, NONE of you has come according to our schedule and we have never regretted the decision or the timing once. Quinn has sent this boy to us. He made that very clear. We need to decide right now…”

Five heads nodded in agreement and I looked into their eyes and found a confirmation of the heart. I took a deep breath and sent the same message I sent so many years ago about another Eskie…”Don’t worry. This boy is safe. We will bring him home.” Then I emailed Steve not to hate me but to call on break…somehow he already knew and just as firmly agreed.

Within hours our new boy was out of hell and headed to Indiana where my friend had him vetted (he had never been in his life) and has kept him as he recovered from kennel cough.

Tomorrow he arrives in Albuquerque at noon and the WDA will be there to welcome him with a forever commitment and love…

And he already has a White Dog Army name (thanks to Thunder from the OP Pack who conspired with Quinn and his earthbound family)…tomorrow we will honor the celebration of life and joyfully introduce our newest recruit…


Oh YES! Another White Dog (OY!AWD) It is a Wonderful world, isn't it?

28 comments:

ra husky said...

Happy woooos! Maybe he likes veges! And can come with us to the salad bar hu Yo??!!

NanĂ¼k

Kari in Alaska said...

Welcome!!!

Stop on by for a visit
Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com/

Gus said...

welcome to the WDA and all your new friends in blogland. You are joining the most loving pack around and we wish you much joy and love to share.

gus and teka

rottrover said...

Ooooooooooo! I have goosebumps! Can't wait to meet the newest WD!

bbes tribe said...

So very awesome! You all have much love and big hearts.
Looking forward to hearing more about the new WD and some pictures would be nice. Hugs toyou all :-)
When our girl Sasha crossed the bridge in July. We had planned on not taking in any fosters for a couple of weeks.well, that did not work....I thought of Sasha and how much she looked forward to the each new foster or fosters we brought home. So we took 2 in her memory because we knew that is what she would like.
Hugs and slobbery kisses
Ernie,Chica,Lucas,Rosie and momBarb .

Brian said...

Oh my, oh my! That is wonderful new and Quinn is so very proud.

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We are overjoyed for you and the WDA!!! We are also thrilled to hear that Thunder is still working his magic. If only we could convince Mom to let him work some magic for us too. . .

Oh YES!!!! Another White Dog indeed - welcome to the newest recruit and all our very best to him in his healing.

Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning and Mom

Winston said...

I'm so happy for all of you and can't wait to see pictures! This new pup is one lucky fellow and it was destiny that he join your family!
Love,
Shawn, Winston, Chloe and Cecil

Amber DaWeenie said...

How Wonderful! You and the WDA are the greatest! We can't wait to meet your new pack member.

The Slimmer Pugs, Kitties, and Mama said...

Hi WDA!
Wesa so were happy with surprises with your most wonderful news...what is the new recruits, non-WDA name?
Much Luvums,
The Slimmer Puggums
George, Gracie, Toby, Lily, & Mimi

Random Felines said...

Oh my....glad we checked our comments before bed. We cant wait to meet the new addition sent to you by Quinn. (And now mom needs a tissue.... but for happy tears)

FiveSibesMom said...

Oh, Quinn is indeed smiling his beautiful Eskie smile as you fulfill his wish...you have amazing, caring, loving, hearts...and any new member of your family is truly lucky to be there. I can not wait to meet the newest member of the WDA!

Sally Ann and Andy said...

That is great! Another White dog army recruit, yeehah. Andy sends woofs of joy.

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Oh Mates, this is wonderful. Quinn certainly continues to send love to you all in the shape of your latest White Dog. Can't wait to meet him. Looks like he has found the family who will love unconditionally and forever. Well done dear mates. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Oh we celebrate with you!
Quinn directed this- we know it for sure.
We welcome the new one-- it was meant to be.
love
tweedles

KB Bear said...

Wonderful, wonderful news. Just as K sent me Shyla, Quinn sent you your new boy. I know that WDA will make his life wonderful.

Wyatt said...

Congrats on your newest family member. We look forward to meeting him. He is a lucky dog to have found his way to you!!

Wyatt and Stanzie

Jo's World said...

A certain amount of Quinn/Thunder magic going on here! Hooray for OYAW, and we cannot wait to meet him. A new pup, what a joy!

Cheers and hugs,

Jo, Stella and Zkhat

Jeanne Pursell said...

Yes indeed! Thunder and Quinn working their own special magic from the bridge. Welcome to your newest WDA member!! Can't wait to hear all the news! xo Chloe and LadyBug

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

Congratulations!!!!

Yep Thunder and Quinn certainly worked their magic.

Ginger Jasper said...

This post gave me goosebumps. I am so delighted that you are taking I. Another little so much in need. Truly wonderful and we wait to see pictures and we welcome the newest member of the White Dog Army. Magic indeed. Quinn and Thunder are keeping their eyes and hearts on you. Hugs Carol and GJ xx

The Florida Furkids said...

We're so happy for you and for that lucky WD! We can't wait to meet him!

The Florida Furkids

Agnes B. Bullock said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

savannahspawtracks.com said...

I just heard about your blog, I am good furriends with RA and the OP Pack...and concats on your new addition. I loved Thunder, Mom had Sibes before me. Quinn must have been a pawsome Eskie, paw pats, Savannah

Marg said...

Oh that is so wonderful that you have given that poor dog a home. We are so excited that you are doing that. Can't wait for a picture.

Angel Junior, Orion and Sammy said...

WOO HOO!!!!!!!! Thank you for saving a precious life!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

This is wonderful. Even though we're crying.

meowmeowmans said...

Wonderful, indeed! We know that Quinn is woofing happily about the newest WD. :)