Sunday

A Whisper?



Most don't know, but I do not plan what I will write about for this weekly blog, it's rarely planned.  It comes to me in a thought, a motion of a dog or a word.  At the start of each new week, I tell myself, "start today, and you won't be pressed for time," but usually I write on Saturday night or Sunday morning before it's posted at 8 am, but this past Wednesday, I saw a Facebook post, and it struck a chord.


"There are many different Dogs. Happy Dogs, Sad Dogs, Abandoned Dogs, Lost Dogs, Neglected Dogs, Abused Dogs, Deaf Dogs, Three Legged Dogs and Blind Dogs that could no longer be safely provided for by their Human. What do All these Dogs have in common???  Greg Lane.

It takes a village
Many years ago, a quote from Africa emerged and said, "It takes a village to raise a child."  It's an African proverb that means that an entire community of people must interact with children for those children to experience and grow in a safe and healthy environment."  It takes a loving, caring, and safe community to give the skills that not one person or parents can do.  Their wings need to strengthen and made stronger to face the problems that will undoubtedly arise.  It was never my job as a parent to be my child's friend, it was to teach them to survive when I'm gone.  More support and help is needed because it's a harsh world.
 
It takes a Village
The post is so true, but I want to expand just a little.  Every dog that was mentioned came through Clancy's Dream.  Yes, there are many different kinds of dogs, and they can take one form or many.  Whether everyone knows it or not, "we, you and I" are the village and we become more powerful and stronger each week with people wanting to become part of our village because they have the same passion and love.

It takes a Village
The post also said, "First and Foremost: Dogs Live in The Moment. For the most part, except for severe abuse, they forget the past and live in the here and now.  When a dog comes to the farm or to a new foster, they are usually shy for the first day, but by the third, they're running with the pack, they have forgotten their past.  "The Most Important: Dogs are Resilient."  I can attain to this because if I packed the baggage around, that's in my mind, I would be in sad shape.  Every dog that came into Clancy's Dream was broken in one way or many.  No matter the circumstances, they were abandoned, broke, abused, and/or neglected, sometimes all.  Every dog...

It takes a Village
Several weeks ago, Clancy's Dream took on nearly 20 dogs that needed a village.  Neglected, matted, malnourished living a life in a cage for breeding purposes to supplement retirement.  The calls and postings were made, and more than enough helped arrived quickly, but this is not the whole story.  Many times the village came together to help the "Happy, Sad Dogs, Abandoned Dogs, Lost Dogs, Neglected Dogs, Abused Dogs, Deaf Dogs, Three Legged Dogs and Blind Dogs that could no longer be safely provided for by their Human," and not they live in loving homes and get everything they need and want.

It takes a village
This last weekend a large part of our transport mission was completed with the 20 dogs but only because of our village.  Our community has grown from a village to a nation and even throughout the world.   I discovered on our administration files on Clancy's Facebook page, we are now global.  Clancy's Dream is seen in 51 countries, some I have never heard of.  While we are usually limited with working in states around our home state, our support, whether it's financial, verbal, the love and passion, is worldwide.   Not everyone can transport, foster, or donate, but knowing you are here to support, says so much.


Just over 3 years ago, when Clancy died, I knew that in only a few weeks his name would only be whispered by very few people, little did I know how wrong I was...  Ken