So here it is….the aftermath. The hurricanes have passed. Crisis is over. We go back to our lives. How normal everything is on all the wolfdog groups. People are showing off pics of their pretty wolfdogs. Wolfdog questions are being asked, answers are given. Petty bullying is back. Judgmental acrimonious behavior in full swing. Life goes on right?
It goes on until those affected in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico walk out the front doors of homes not theirs; either a parent’s house, a friend’s house or their children’s house if one is so fortunate…or we walk out of our houses (those that still have them!) and see the big trees that have fallen, see the water still reddish from being off for over a week. We sop the water off the floors and put fans to dry the walls. We call out for our missing four legged friends that were lost in the storm and only here silence. Our Puerto Rican brother’s and sister’s spend another night looking at the stars to light their nights. Those of us that lost our jobs during this hurricane or lost work…pray for a miracle to pay next month’s bills. It all seems so surreal watching the world we live in and the world on Facebook. All so simple…like rebooting a computer.
I am one of the fortunate ones. We had hurricane force winds, rains, trees feeling down all around us…no power or water for 7 days, a house full of family and friends and we survived intact. Long distance friends and family talk about how we all dodged a bullet and aren’t we glad it was not that bad. It was a bad storm. Many of my friends lost their homes, their pets, their livelihood. One acquaintance lost her life. For those safe, warm and dry…….platitudes are not welcome in our home!
So what is the point? Do I want the wolfdog community to be in perpetual mourning and grief? Do I want thousands more PM’s stating how “sorry they are” for the situation? Do I want another fundraiser? Do I want yet another meaningless hashtag “we stand with florida/texas/puerto rico (which means ABSOLUTELY NOTHING when you have no water….electricity..or home).
Simply in a word..No.
I see at least 10,000 active in wolfdog community on Facebook, I see Wolfdog Radio with over 25,000 listeners. I see people still crushed in spirit, still hurting standing fierce, tall, proud and silent as if to say “we are still here –we are alive!”
Everyone out there that is reading this blog…..and on Facebook. When you PM someone…look at the menu on the PM screen….do you see that coin with the dollar sign? Did you know you can send money? $1, $5 any amount and with no charge to an individual person (image below!)
You can make a PERSONAL gesture. All of you KNOW some one, one individual person that has been DRASTICALLY affected by the hurricanes, you KNOW someone who is in pain and needs help. Send them 1 dollar…send them $5.00 dollars. When you go to McDonald’s – instead of getting Double Triple Quarter Pounder…get something on the dollar menu and send someone you know the other dollar. This is something we ALL can do. We have to do it. We need to do it. Sometimes just knowing that someone out there gave you their hard-earned dollar…means more than you will ever know.
A past president gave a speech that is pretty apropos:
“We have to ask ourselves if we do nothing, where does all of this end. Can anyone here say that if we can’t do it, someone down the road can do it, and if no one does it, what happens to the country? I know it’s a hell of a challenge, but ask yourselves if not us, who, if not now, when?”
Let’s rise to this challenge. Right know wolfdogs face an uncertain future. Legislation is being passed like a knife through soft butter. But we are not soft butter. We have skins of steel and strong hearts. We leave no one behind, we walk through hell together and what hurts one ….hurts all of us – Humankind and Wolf-kind alike. Let the week of September 25th be the week where we reach out and help as many individuals that have been affected one on one. Everyone of us can do this. You can do this. I can do this. We can do this.
Owner/Producer Wolf Dog Radio