White Dog and the rest of the White Dog Army all know how incredibly blessed they are to have a hu-dad who works so hard to make sure their needs are met on every level, AND who lets them know in a bazillion ways how much each is cherished and loved.
In return, they know he understands that each of them adores him and is totally devoted to him.
But there are many, White Dog reminds us, for whom this day is less than a happy memory filled celebration. Not every person, two- or four-legged, is given a nurturer, a mentor, a guardian, a protector, a shining example, a caring and loving soul to guide and encourage. There are some who have been abandoned or who never knew a kind touch; some who were abused or mistreated or neglected. Many carry scars, physical and emotional, that are the result of a "father" in their lives.
This day is hard for them. We ask the Universe to grant them healing and closure. We pray on this day that their wisdom and experiences guide them on a path of compassion and sharing what they were denied.
The WDA, on brighter note, sends a special song of gratitude to people who have stepped into big shoes, blended into families, and lived,heart and soul, the commitment that being a dad involves more than just a biological act. You are rare sparkling gems that by your daily lives, make the world a better place.