Daddy Daddy Daddy...

Daddy Daddy Daddy...  I've heard those words a million times before, And now the're here again, but in a different way.  When my firstborn son was about five years old, we would sit on the front porch and talk "man to man."  We sat in the old wooden porch swing, me trying to relax and reflect on the day, Brad asking questions like a machine gun.   The subject never started with, "Daddy, can I play? Daddy, how far away is the moon?"  Every question started with "Daddy Daddy Daddy, can I play?" Daddy Daddy Daddy how far is the moon?" and if he asks one question, he asks thousands, Brad was a talker and was a dreamer.  Over his young years, I came to appreciate our Daddy-time, and it was enjoyable to watch my son develop into a young man, husband, and Father, Doctor and teacher.  Daddy-time is now few and far between because of our schedule, but so many sweet memories take me back to that porch swing on a summer evening.  

Brad, I guess I answered the questions right!
When we moved to the country, our kids went their own way, and I kinda missed Daddy-time.  As we acquired dogs and pups, Daddy-time came back in another form.  As we helped Momma dog whelp the pups, we held each one as life entered their little lungs and nursed them throughout their young life, me becoming a new Daddy.  I had a common bond with every dog that was ever here as I saw them develop and I held and cuddled each and every one of them for 8-10 weeks. I can't tell you the countless times my shoes were untied and the wet faces I got from the pups.  Most nights before I turned in for the night, the last thing the puppies saw was me leaning into their kennel wishing them a good night and softly singing to them.  The little pups would cock their head from side to side with amazement, and when I finished, all of them would lick my face and nose and then off to sleep, they would go. Something I eminently enjoyed.  As I have said to anyone that would listen, “It might be your dog, but it will always be my pup” and I feel the same way with the dogs we help through Clancy's Dream.

As we changed directions at the farm, we saw Daddy-time come back into focus again.  With the need to help the unloved and abused and Border Collies we work with; patience became a necessity and so did Daddy-time.   Sometimes it was needed more than others, but Daddy-time was always there when they needed support.  Even with my dogs, when trouble comes up, and they get spooked and seek protection, Daddy is not far away.  Just several days ago, JoJo fancies to play tough, but she really is a big sissy. She was licking the face of another dog that came to visit, she got scolded by the unfamiliar dog, and she yelped and came running to me and hid between my legs.  Daddy was there to protect her as is often the case.  Each of my dogs comes up to me several times of the day just to check if Daddy is still here.  

Nighttime is the best when we're watching TV for Daddy-time and they take turns climbing in my lap for that special time.  It's so pleasant when the dogs want to be with me because they are so comfortable with our relationship.  Everyone has a routine, and they usually stick to it.  With eight dogs, each has its own particular time to have their "own" Daddy-time.   Everyone has needs, and so do the dogs, they tell us by their motions, stares, barks, and when they flip your hand when you're eating or typing.  Just try to watch and look at their work through their eyes and you will know, Daddy/Mommy time is not only good for your dog but to you too.

Brad with Maddie, Daddy-time
There are reasons that things happen and even with the rescue dogs, they have needs too.  It's our job to love, comfort, and raise them to be responsible and be able to engage in life and to love others.  So, when you see your dog staring or laying in your lap or in Dutchess case, barking at you, they are saying Daddy Daddy Daddy and they need something.  Daddy-time is not far away and they may need some time and attention...  Who would think that 35 years ago, a moment would shape your world in a porch swing on a summer evening?  Life is amazing if we would just look and listen to what is trying to tell to us.  Ken

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

Our Creed...

As we pass through this life, we actually take on a creed of sorts by following what we believe.  Sometimes you may not even know it because you haven't really thought about.  A creed can take on many forms, but it's a set of beliefs or aims which guide your actions.  Sometimes you have a faith or doctrine and don't even realize it, and usually, it's about something you are passionate about.

Some people have a creed, and it often gets stronger as you dive into your passion.  Clancy's Dream has a Creed that states, "Bringing Help and Hope to Border Collies and their Owners in times of Need through Rescue Efforts, Veterinary Care or Cancer Assistance."  When Clancy's Dream was started, things changed because the needs have changed, and I am even more passionate to help the dogs and see a greater need for urgency in their plight.  Just this last week, I saw an entire group of people helping with a cause with a deep passion, and I was humbled.

When a call was put out where nearly 20 Border Collies needed help in the worse way, many people came to the sound of the alarm, which was ringing loudly, and they were running at full speed.  We were flooded with offers to donate, transport, helping with physical labor, pray, and to do whatever it took to help these desperate animals in need, a team came together. 

Most of the times we didn't even need to ask, people filled in doing whatever it took.  There were whole days that we needed to evaluate, wash, and scrub the kennel and dogs and transport.  As I write this, there is an all-day transport that will last from 8:30 am until late in the evening.  On one occasion, a group of men transported a 24-foot horse trailer and tool all the dogs to a clinic at once, something that 9 vehicles would have been needed.  This trip alone took over 18 hours because they had to wait at the clinic until they were done and then transported them to a new clinic.

While it's about a 4-hour drive from me, and while I was dreading it, on the day we washed the dogs and sanitized the kennel, one couple drove from Kentucky which was much farther than me.  I was humbled and even felt guilty that I was complaining.  Many groups stepped up to foster and adopt the dogs and help with whatever needs.  While some of us have been involved with puppy mills, this was a first for Clancy's Dream.  One of my favorite groups, Glen Highland Border Collie rescue stepped up you take dogs that were positive for Heartworm, but they were adopted by one of our members.

As the progress developed with the transport today, every dog has left for their new home.  Thanks for all the help from everyone who helped. As I thanked as many people as I could, If I heard it once, I heard it many times, "It's all about the dogs."  I am humbled is an understatement...  Find your passing, it's rewarding.   Ken

Megan Chasteen – Grooming 
Marybeth Haar – Adopting Peggy & Stormy
Gail Beach – Evaluations, Fostering Kimber & Peggy and dog washing
JD Hasty – Dog washing
Dr. Shanna Ewert & staff at Community Animal Hospital in Warsaw, IN – 
Lou Anne Denny – Dog washing
Barb Parsons  - Dog washing and kennel cleaning
Jeff Persons Dog washing and kennel cleaning 
JoDee Lawson (Imogene) – Transport organizing for 3 transports
Staff and Vets at Lafayette Low-Cost Spay & Neuter
Sharon Dull working and visiting the dogs as they recouped
Jo & Pat Miller – Transporting 9 dogs in a horse trailer
Max  – Pat’s helper
Liz Crawley - helping get dogs loaded and transported from Clinic to kennels
Jeremy Hooten – helping get dogs loaded and transported from Clinic to kennels
Nita & Crystal Creek Kennels
Katie Crawford – Transport of Penny, Lady & Jan
Morgan Hancock - Transport of Penny, Lady & Jan
Other rescues – Sally Hull/Hull’s Haven, Dede King/Heart of a Border Collie, Deanne Harris/Border Collie Rescue & Rehab & Naomi Walker-Byrne/BC Save
Glen Highland Farm
Karen Newhall
People that donated, prayed & followed

**I’m sure there are more, many more.  Please forgive me...