September 5, 2013

White Dog, leader of the White Dog Army, proudly introduces our newest recruit and family member...Taiko the Tender...Oh YES!!!!Another White Dog (OY!AWD).

Taiko is guessed to be about 6 years old, is an Eskie/Samoyed mix, and comes from deathrow in a proudly high-kill shelter in Kentucky. He was surrendered by an owner who kept him chained outdoors and who no longer wanted to deal with him. We owe a HUGE debt of gratitude to our friend, Kevin, who pulled Ty and nursed him through kennel cough before arrange his transport to ABQ.

Our boy, despite Kevin and his wife's efforts, is still heavily matted and will be visiting the WDA groomer, Scot, on Saturday. Taiko will visit Dr. Julia tomorrow to discuss his badly needed dental work (poor boy has obviously never been to a vet or received oral hygiene care and will need several tooth extractions). He will also need a new dosing of the antibiotics he was on since the airline would not allow the drugs to be shipped along with him for TSA reasons.

The WDA greeted Taiko as if they had been expecting him and his arrival was no big deal. Even YoYoMa, who I feared might strut out a bit of alpha maleness has been gentle and accepting.

But how could he not? OY!AWD is CLEARLY a gift from Quinn with his deep wise eyes and tenderness of ways. When our new boy followed Steve into the kitchen and stuck his head between his legs to peer together into the refrigerator (a trait of Quinn's) Steve broke down and cried. Taiko even calmly accepted Nuka's greeting of wobbling over and then falling against him without so much as a flinch. He nuzzled her ear.  

Enough words, for there will be many to come. Here are what it looked like and if you look closely beyond the shapes and colors, you will see what it LOOKED like...a celebration, a new connection of love a  WDA made once again richer for its individuals.

Nuka comes to meet her new brother.
Momma! He DOESN'T know about duck jerky! Boy do I have work to do

Dad? What is duck jerky?

The day Ty was saved.
His first night of freedom at Kevin's house.
A bath and a little brush helped with the stinkiness. How could you  not love this face.
T'y's got a ticket to fly! And he is coming home!
Leaving his first peemail in ABQ...at the airport
When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever!
A blessing from Quinn for Steve and Nuka.
Hi! I am Oso the Fearless, Taiko. White Dog says you are to be Taiko the Tender...congratulations.
Puff was calm but a bit shy. She did allow Taiko to sniff her ears later.

Exploring the backyard and the start of dog door training


ra husky said...

welcome welcome Taiko! so happy to see you.

RA, Isis & NanĂ¼k

Sally Ann and Andy said...

Wow, he is very cute, and I am sure when he is groomed up; then, he will be very silky. Boy Eskies have very silky coats, and there bigger cousins, the Samoyeds are probably the same. I think that your army has a commander giving orders to the new recruit, and this commander might not be visible to the humans in your pack.

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Welcome home, Taiko!!! You are handsome - bet you love it with the WDA!

Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

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

Yay! Nice to meet you Taiko. Hope to learn more about you over the many years you are with the beloved White Dog Army.
Much Luvums (Your new friends),
The Slimmer Puggums
George, Gracie, Toby, Lily, & Mimi

Wyatt said...

Welcome Home, Taiko! We are all weepy about your good fortune. Life is GOOD Now!

Wyatt and Stanzie

Jo's World said...

Welcome Home, Ty! You are a handsome fellow and a lucky one, even though sometimes luck takes a little while.

We will be watching you and hoping your health check will be good tomorrow. Your Spa treatment too.

From the man who didn't love you, you arrived at the place you will be cherished, by all of us.

Jo, Stella and Zkhat

rottrover said...

What a wonderful greeting. So gentle and calm. A gift from all our friends at the bridge that miss being in a pack..welcome!

Bart, Ruby and Otto

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Momma had to laugh tonight, dear friends. In her email was an ad for some dog magazine that featured an article by Cesar Milan entitled "The WORST Way to Introduce a New Dog to Your Pack." The expert says anyone that just a dog into the house cold and expects everything to work out is DOOMED to failure. Guess he never met the White Dog Army!

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Welcome Taiko. We're pleased to meet ya mate. Looks like you are in for the best time of your life! WDA mum, our mum is getting sooky in her old age and your video made her well up. This news is a wonderful way to start the weekend. Enjoy getting to know your new, loving family Taiko. No worries, (especially for you all) and love, Stella and Rory

Amber DaWeenie said...

A great BIG Blogville welcome to you, Ty. You have a great pack, and family, and your new wonderful life is about to begin! And we wonder if Quinn left a little bit of his own spirit in you.

Had to laugh at your comment about "The WORST Way to Introduce a New Dog to Your Pack". Same applies to our house. All newcomers into the pack have always been accepted immediately. Just a "HoHum, here comes another one" attitude!

Agnes B. Bullock said...

Welcome to Blogville! Taiko- you have chosen the best pack in the world!

nancyturtle said...

But of course Quinn had already taken care of the introductions, hadn't he? Taiko is beautiful. I love his smile!

Piappies World said...

Awwww Welcome to bloggie world, Taiko! Such happy photos and we are sure you are going to have lots of fun in your new home. Yay!!!

Have weekend to all of you!

Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Max, Wai-Pai & Forgie

Random Felines said...

Welcome Taiko!!! (mom had to laugh at the OY!AWD....it fits in so many ways lol) You were found by a great family and we welcome you to your new extended blogging family too. purrs.....

Ginger Jasper said...

Welcome sweet Taiko you are going to be so happy in your forever home. Your new family are the best.. Look forward to seeing all your new adventures.. Hugs GJ x

Sam said...

Congratulations! He is a big boy!


Brian said...

That is so wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! Welcome home!!!

meowmeowmans said...

Oh, tears of joy over here! We are so, so happy. Welcome home, Taiko!

KB Bear said...

Taiko sounds truly truly special. I'm so happy for all of you. It truly sounds like Quinn sent him to you all.

FiveSibesMom said...

Oh, welcome Taiko! You are in a wonderful, loving family! I can see your beauty and wonderful white fluffiness! Quinn, the angel, sent a wonderful gift of love to the WDA family in the form of yet another beautiful, fluffy white dog! Hugs to all!

Little Reufus said...

Welcome Taiko!!!!!

wif lubbs from Little Reufus

Kari in Alaska said...

Welcome buddy!!!

Stop on by for a visit