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February 12, 2009

Thank You DWB

Dear DWB Friends:

We are truly touched to see news on Y.Y in the DWB news today. We are overwhelmed with the amount of support that all our puppy friends and even those whom we've never met, showed at this low point in our lives.

To Addie and Lucie, Khyra, Opy & Charlie and the puppies behind DWB news and those whom we may have missed, thank you so much for thinking of us and for posting about what happened in your bloggies. We are so overwhelmed with the support that you and all our DWB friends showed in the past days.

It would have been way easier to give up and sulk in one corner, but I feel it would be unfair for Aki and Poopie if I do so. Not only will I be letting all of you down, I will be letting all their brothers and sisters down as well. I will be letting myself down in the process too.

Your words of encouragement and support provide us with the strength to endure each day of this much unforseen tragedy. The pain had dwindled a little but the wound of this tragedy hasn’t healed yet. I continue to see Y.Y everytime I open Aki and Poopie’s bloggie, everytime I meet a stray dog, everytime I hear a cry for help. I guess it stings more because of the fact that I wasn’t there. I did not have a choice. I could not in any way, no matter how hard I cry in exasperation, frustration and sheer grief, do anything to help him.

As we often say, we believe that everything happens for a reason and we know that God has a plan for this. I don't know when I will come to truly understand it, but I hope, at the very least that this will be the last of the bloodshed.

For now, we will be taking more strict measures to ensure that all the dogs will not get out of their enclosures. I do not wish to question this tragedy because every dog in our household occupies a space in my heart and putting anyone of them in a bad light breaks my heart. For sure, there are decisions to be made, but I wish at the very bottom of my heart that each one will be given an equal fighting chance to live perfectly normal lives.

I still maintain that a deeper understanding of the 'whys' must be arrived at. To not just give up and take the easiest form of escape. I do not know if selfishness or closed-mindedness is what drives me to still hold on to the hope that things will get better. That there are less drastic measures that may be considered before we can truly say that a certain ‘case’ is hopeless. Never once, did I believe that something or someone is hopeless.

750 or Severino Pepito as I would fondly call him, is what brought us to bring Aki into our lives. He inspired us to consider taking in a Labrador. Back then, I was all for Goldens. He had been the catalyst of so many things, including the opening of our household to so many furkids.

In most honesty, the circumstances surrounding why we arrived with so many dogs at my parents' house is not something that I entirely approve of. I have for years, reiterated this, but as a daughter/sister, who only goes there to visit, I do not have much say on decisions made. I can only provide support and suggestions.

But what seems so magical about dogs, is how opening your heart to one, almost inadvertently leads you to open your heart to all of them. In as much as I disapprove of taking care of so many dogs for economic and emotional reasons, I have found myself in a situation where I have to. They are living beings after all. Creatures who have nothing but pure hearts and nothing but only love and loyalty to give. In my own means, I have tried to afford them access to better lives. I do not know though, if it was enough.

This is why I feel so helpless in the face of this tragedy. Fighting battles for dogs and animal welfare for others, but protecting one's own when they need it the most is one of the worst contradictions imaginable... and yet, here I am. Standing at this crossroad. Waiting for a miracle that my prayers for clarity and peace will be heard.

We might go on hiatus for a while. Not too long, because life continues on for Aki and Poopie. It would be very selfish of me. We will try to visit your bloggies though. Blogging means a lot to us because this is our way of documenting the lives of our dear fursiblings and our DWB friends are just so special that we can't thank you all enough for being with us on this difficult time.

Again, thank you so much for everything that you have done for us. You guys are gems worth keeping and we are forever grateful for the friendship that you have shown.

We are so happy to be part of this wonderful family.

We love you all so much!

In behalf of Aki and Poopie and all at home, I extend our sincerest appreciation.



Lorenza said...

You are right. Things happen for a reason even if we don't understand them.
Thanks for sharing your feelings.
We will be here for you anytime you need us.
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Lacy said...

w00f's Pups, who nos y some things happen like they do...we understand u need time to come to terms with this sad, sad time...we will still b here when u can come back..we r here to love and support u...u r in our thoughts and prayers..

b safe,
~rocky and company~

Huskee and Hershey said...

Hi Aki/ Poopie and your Manang,
We are so so sorry to hear about what happened at home. It is inceed a tragedy.. something so unexpected and senseless. Sometimes I wish I had all the answers to the 'whys'...
Y.Y will always have a special place in your hearts, and ours too cos he is so dear to you.
Angel Lucas has a new friend in Heaven to play with now... and will love Y.Y like you did.

NESSA the hovawart said...

I'm sorry that I found your blog in such sad time.
I cannot even imagine how poor least now he feels no pain and lives happy over the bridge.
I hope you will soon feel better though.
Love and hugs,

Bobby said...

Hope you maage to make sence of what happend and come to terms with it . Y.Y can run happy now.
Love Bobbyxxxx

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

Your words are inkhredible...

I know Mango's Mom was touched by your experience/post as well fur she asked my mom about it...

Since we khan't take khare of ourselves too well, we khount on hoomans when we khan...

In return, we try and give bakhk something: a khyss, a hug, a wag of a tail, etc...

Please know 'we' are sorry this has happened BUT what you are doing and what you have shared has made an inkhredible impakht on those who've read it and then shared it...

Khyra and her mom
PeeEssWoo: Tank woo fur the woof out!

Clover said...

So sorry to hear your sad news. We are sending our best wishes and lots of puggy hugs and kisses to you during this difficult time.
Love Clover xo

Hero said...

I'm so sorry to hear about what happened to Y.Y. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.

Maggie and Mitch said...


Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Petra said...

And we love you back!

Raising Addie said...

We are always here for you.

Any time.

We hope you and your family are doing well.

Please let us know if there is anything that we can do to help.

Lots of Luv & Kisses
Addie, Lucie and Staci

Boo Boo said...

Sending all the positive vibes over ......

There is no Why, How, What, When, Whom

What is important is we moved forward and learn from every little experience we have ....

Please take care of yourself


the 4 Bs said...

we're sending you our hugs, power of the Bs and special poodle love. we don't understand why some things happen. it's hard to comprehend tragedy.

we are here for you.


Anonymous said...

This afternoon, I viewed your beautiful tribute to Zoe. I'd like to add a few lines to the prayer at the end:

Thank you for the knowledge that though we do not know the reasons, You do.

Thank you for the strength you give us to bear that which seems unbearable.

Thank you for the mystery of life that holds such beauty and such sorrow.

And finally...knowing that You will hold our dear one safe until we meet again...we return our pet to you.

Please take all the time you need, and for a dose of silliness, come visit the blogs.

Your pal,

Penny, Poppy & Patches said...

We are soooooo sorry! We don't know why these things happen, but occasionally they do. Every once in a while, the 3 of us go into attack mode on each other and no one knows why. We will keep all of our paws crossed for you! Run free, at the bridge, Y.Y!

Poppy, Penny & Patches

caboval said...

Hi we are sorry to have found your blog at this sad time. Sorry to hear about Y Y. We are going to add your to our favs and look forward to becoming friends!!!! Hugs, Joey and Kealani

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

You don't know us Aki/Poopie and Manang, but we are here for you. We read about your story and we want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

This is a community of amazing support and love for animals and their owners.

If there is anything we can do, please let us know...

Lotsa love, kisses and hugs,

Scruffy, Lacie, Babystan and Mumsie

Simona,Paco e Milo said...

OHHHHH Dear Aki and family!!
we thought like you...everything happened for a reason...we don't know why....but we must hard but we must do....
thanks for sahring with us your emotions....
we love you soooooooo much and you have a special place in our hearts!!!Aki is our brother...and your family is like our family...
we'll be here for you everyday if you need'll never be alone!!!
hope you feel good're always in our hearts!!!!
lots of love and kisses!!!
with love....your family and your brothers!!!!

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Happy Valentine Aki and family
Hope your Valentines Day is filled with extra kisses, treats, hugs & belly rubs!

Joe Stains said...

We read all about it and our thoughts are with you guys.

The Airechicks said...

Sorry to hear the news of your family's loss...

We'll keep you tight in our prayers.