October 28, 2013

White Dog and The White Dog Army (including Quinn and Nuka) sat with me this afternoon. “Did you know, momma,” White Dog began, “that nearly 7 thousand five hundred pets are euthanized in shelters every single day?” “EVERY day, momma,” Taiko echoed. “The rescues are constantly full and often are not able to help because they have no room,” Oso pointed out. Puff added, “Foster parents are a rare commodity and there are never enough of them to house all of the animals waiting for forever homes.”

“I know dearest ones, it breaks my heart that so many die just because they are old or naughty or no one wants them. I pray for the day when every creature is loved and has a home.” YoYoMa rested his head in my lap, adding his energy to my plea.

“It is time, momma,” Nuka whispered. “I know your heart is still in pain but every day that goes by a pup that could have been rescued is lost. And the White Dog Army has room to provide a most amazing home filled with love and redemption and security and care. It is what I want; it is how I want you to remember me…as sharing the most beautiful thing ever in my life on Earth with a fellow dog in need.”

“I am so glad you and dad brought Taiko home after I guided him to you,” Quinn spoke into my heart. “He is a prize and would have been killed had you not been able to realize that your healing from my loss could happen at the same time as the WDA joyfully greeted a new recruit. You knew in your heart that our love is forever.”

With White Dog’s nod, Steve handed me a sheet of paper with a photo. “We have all been scouting for the perfect recruit. One that we all agreed needed us most. This is for your consideration. If you are not ready we will understand, but…”

The tiny Eskie girl on the sheet was a senior breeder dog who had been given up when she could no longer produce “reliable” litters. She is being fostered in a small town about three hours from us. With a population of only 49,000 this remote community is not likely to generate much adoption interest in her. The foster parents have generous hearts and provide sanctuary for several fosters; and an adoption would allow them an opening to bring home another rescue.

The scared face staring out and the chorus of White Dogs reminded me of a quote I recently read from Gretel Ehrlich, The Solace of Open Spaces “All through autumn we hear a double voice: one says everything is ripe; the other says everything is dying. The paradox is exquisite. We feel what the Japanese call "aware"--an almost untranslatable word meaning something like "beauty tinged with sadness.”

I am ready to bring Tiny White Dog, TWD, home., if she will have us.


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

I'm so glad you are allowing more room in your heart and hearth for a WD in need. I do not think my household will ever have 5 pugs again. With all the health issues the pugs have incurred over the years, finances will not hold for us to be that large again with two parents heading for a retirement and me being an elementary school teacher. Let it be known though that when it is time for more pug members we will adopt from a rescue, not buy from a breeder. (And all God's fur-family said "Amen!!").
Much Love,
Mama Mindy :)

rottrover said...

We hope TWD is meant to be part of the pack.

Bart, Ruby and Otto

Bailey Be Good! said...

I cannot wait to see photos!! That doggie will be so very lucky. :)

Woofs & huggies, <3

~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

Agnes B. Bullock said...


Jo's World said...

We will be excited to see pictures of the new pup; we knew it wouldn't be long in coming. Bless the White Dog Army!

Stella, Zkhat and Jo

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Why are we not surprised at this joyful news??? God bless you for your kind hearts. And welcome to TWD - we are sure that Quinn and his assistant Thunder wholeheartedly approve.

Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

Random Felines said...

ah jeez....mom needs a tissue. we know the love of the WDA is never ending....while grief knows no time table, we are glad your hearts are open for a new opportunity to love another :)

meowmeowmans said...

I should not have read this at work. Now I need a tissue (in a good way)!

Thank you, WDA, for always opening your hearts to those who need help. We love you!

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Dearest Slimmer Family, your house is full of rescues and filled with love to the bursting...all those Puggums and Kitties! They are blessed to have come at a time when it was possible for you to do so much.