Welcome to the first blog post! I am a little nervous, venturing out into the world of blogging. It is a new experience, and one always worries about reception. Especially when it is blogging with a mission.
This blog is an off shoot from the page with the same name on Facebook, that I started after a failed, but amazing attempt to have the dogs appear on Oprah. Oprah in the name just wasn't cutting it. That page was an off shoot of a petition in the form of a Facebook event to have the dogs appear while MV was to appear. Going forward, again, this final page and blog will be the route to awareness, understanding and acceptance. All through the dogs who set some new rules.
I was asked recently: "So, when/why did you first get involved (mentally, physically, emotionally) with the V Dogs?" So how does one Crazy Cat Lady from Canada become a voice for a collective group of dogs? Unlike many, I did not follow from the beginning, I came into it in 2010, when the Sports Illustrated article made its way to me via the foster woman I had just adopted a cat from. That takes care of the mental and emotional part of it. That was it, I was on my way to soaking up every bit of knowledge I could get on these dogs. See, I was just relearning what it meant to have a dog, first one to grace my home in 20 years. (Crazy Cat Lady, remember.) I have always been an animal lover. Always. I brought home tears and pleas to adopt or rescue, beginning at a very young age. I am still the big city girl who marvels and (maybe) gets a little too excited over meeting farm animals. But, my choice, as an adult, was the marvel that is cats. So, enter my little Bichon Frise (Alfie), and the story of the V Dogs burst into my mind and heart. I knew, from watching Alfie try to overcome a life of neglect how difficult it must have been for anyone to face helping over 40 dogs. I had never heard of so many dogs needing help at one time.
While working to soak up any and all information I could get, scrounging for any an all details, I came across The Vick Dog Blog. I sat here with my daughter, and we laughed, until tears came, at little Uba. His story was so different and so heartwarming. I felt good about moving forward and seeking out more of the dogs. I found Hector and Cherry on Facebook, and continued until I was satisfied I had found all I could. I just marveled at them and their people. Then I found a blog on BAD RAP's site that blew me away. It made me so angry. Why would anyone cancel on these amazing therapy dogs, Hector and Jonny Justice and all those kids? Moving forward to 2011, and I saw MV was to appear. That was it, I was pretty angry, thinking of Hector and Jonny Justice and all those kids. Specifically, the wee one in her Sunday best. I sent an email to Cherry's parents, asking if it was okay if I acted. I got the permission I sought, and that was the physical part of my involvement.
At that time, I was afforded the "luxury" of dealing with non-threatening health issues, so I was home, doing the doctor rounds. Every single day, and every single night I was on that petition/event, making sure things were kosher. When I moved to the page, I sought more ways to put the dogs above the man. Learning from the errors and what did not work, I am still mentally, emotionally and as physically involved as I can be. Why would I not? I have learned so much being on this end. What I have received is far greater than anything I set out to do.
So, there you have it. Except one thing... the purpose. Simply as I can say it, to help these dogs and their people in any way I can. Rethinking, relearning and reaching out. THAT is the essence of inspiration, and these dogs and the people who love them have great power to inspire the world. I do hope you will join us.
Sending much love and best wishes for 2012. This IS the year of the Vicktory Dog.