Monday, December 19, 2011

Power of the Paws Needed

Unless you've been under a rock or haven't bothered to visit Blogville over the weekend, you've seen all the posts dedicated to the Houston Pittie Pack.  Each and every one of them make me cry.  I cry not just for the loss of those beloved dogs and everything else, but I cry because Blogville is a beautiful place and I'm proud to be a part of it.

As you all know, Sandra and her family not only lost their home in a horrific fire, they also lost 5 of their 7 dogs.  My heart goes out to all of them.  I don't know the details of the fire but I do know that they did everything they possibly could to save those dogs.  I can't even begin to imagine the family's pain in going through right now.

What bothers me most is that poor little Shelby had such a horrible life before coming to live with Sandra, who has a heart of gold, and then sweet Shelby had such a tragic ending.  The only positive I can seem to find in all of this is at least Shelby is safe now.  She can run free, she can see out of both eyes again.  She's no longer in any kind of pain and she's 100% healthy again.

Not that the other dogs are worth any less, because they aren't!!!  I didn't follow Sandra's blog so I'm not familiar with the others but I did follow Shelby's progress and they even joined in my Doggone Dog Swap earlier this year.  I was more familiar with Shelby but that doesn't mean I don't feel the loss of the rest of the dogs too.
Sandra and her family lost everything, nothing was salvageable.  Blogville has come to the rescue, as it always does for one of its own.  There's a page dedicated to Sandra's Fire Recovery which has raised almost $6000 as of this posting, several blogs hosted comment-a-thons, there's a memory quilt being created for Sandra with the images of her beautiful angels (click here for more details), Zona's mom is auctioning off an Animals Matter Over-sized Car Seat and donating the proceeds to Sandra's family and I'm sure there's tons more going on that I've missed.  Sarge's Blogville Community Calendar has a growing list of all the activities and if you know of any others, please feel free to add them in the comments so that we can all be aware of them.
If you're in any position to help, please donate.  No amount is too small.  It all adds up quickly.  I know this time of year is a bad time to ask anyone for any kind of donations but Sandra and her family will need all the help they can get for a long time to come.  They lost everything and literally have to start all over again.  

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Scooter said...

Hey Sprinkles.
This is such a sweet post. I feel the same as you...Blogville is the single greatest community on Earth. Ever. I'm so proud to be a part of this group. Thanks for getting the bark out.
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

Nadine, Chewy and Lilibell said...

It truly was a terrible and tragic situation, one that I've been heartsick over all weekend. But the one bright thing out of this tragedy, and I'm surprised that no one has thought of this yet, is that at least Shelby lives on in her pups.

Blogville truly has so, so many caring hearts, people who are willing to help without really knowing the person they are helping! Before this tragedy, I reached out to a number of people, who never knew me before, to help out with another family member of Blogville who was having a rough time and it brought tears to my eyes at the number of positive responses I received!

Corbin said...

We cry at every post... we can't imagine what Sandra is going through, but so thankful that she is part of our community.

Sketching with Dogs said...

This is such a terrible tragedy. Everyone in blogsville loves their pets so much it breaks all our hearts to think of this happening to one of us.
Our thoughts and prayers go to Sandra and her family.
Dip Bridge Elliot and Lynne x

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

OH MY GOODNESS... just when I think I have heard this story told every possible way... you come along and put us this LOVELY and so WELL WORDED Post. {{{SIGH}}} You put this so eloquently.

The Daily Pip said...

I know it is just so horrible. I keep hoping it is all a horrible mistake and everyone is still happy and healthy. We still have all our the toys that beautiful Shelby sent us in your dog swap last spring. It's just so heartbreaking.

Your pal, Pip

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

We are astounded at the amount of money that has been raised and even more overwhelmed by the support and love from so many. It was a very tragic event for sure, but it has brought out the best in so many. Sandra and her family are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Meg said...

This is just heart breaking, I cannot believe what that poor family went through. I think it is great that you are offering up support for them. They are in my thoughts and prayers.

♥Mona + Prissy + Angel Weenie♥ said...

A wonderful post. Shelby was buried next to her puppies that didn't survive their birth. Spirit looks just like her mother and the best thing is Sandra's mother-in-law adopted her and Pattie Cake so a part of our dear Shelby is still with us.


Sagira said...

To this day I still can't get this out of my mind. :( When I first found out about it I was in complete shock. They were such a wonderful family and always trying to help out all the dogs in need that nobody else would help or want and for them to pass like that was just heartbreaking and so unfair. :(

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