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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Out of our hands

We had an amazing weekend enjoying the glorious beauty of the Colorado mountains. We traveled up to a high meadow, in the cool air above 11,000'. This spot has been a long-time favorite for our family. K was exuberant the whole time that we were there, rolling in the grass, galloping, yipping, and joyful. She was so joyful that she could barely contain herself at times.
It was as if K knew that we were perhaps in our favorite place as a family for the last time. She wasn't wasting time being wistful but was reveling in every instant. To be perfectly honest, I thought that we were close to the end of her life last week - a whole host of things seemed to be going wrong at once. Now, in contrast, she's humming with energy and as happy as can be. I am so thankful, and I've never been so aware that life's course is out of my hands as I am now.

Over our time in our favorite meadow campsite, we did notice that the horizon became progressively smoky. We listened to the radio and heard about the many fires in our wonderful state. On Saturday, 8 were burning. Today, I think that there are fewer but the remaining ones are huge and out of control.
Indeed, we arrived home last night, and a fire broke out close to us early this afternoon, caused by a dry lightning storm. Nearby forests are burning... and it breaks my heart. This photo is of K in the forest this morning.
We're packing our vehicles and preparing to leave. At this moment, the nearby fire is moving away from us so we doubt that it will threaten our home unless the wind reverses itself. However, with the parched forests surrounding us and more electrical storms forecasted for tomorrow, we know that whether our home burns is out of our hands.


  1. fires are so scary...growing up in California they are a common occurrence in the fall.

    Will be thinking about you on many levels...keep safe from the fires, and keep enjoying your beautiful K.

    Murphydog's Mom

  2. Stay safe. I'm keeping all of you in my thoughts and hoping for favorable winds for you.


  3. Stay safe and I will be praying for you. Its so sad and frightening at the same time to lose all that beautiful land to fire.

    Anne and Sasha

  4. I always like to look at K's face. She looks so happy and care-free. Please stay strong. Life is full of surprises.

    I'll be back,

  5. Take care and stay safe. Thinking of you.

  6. Thinking of you all and praying for your safety...and more joy filled days with K.

  7. I had no idea fire was so close to you. I will be thinking very good thoughts for all of you for the next few days!

    So happy K is feeling so good, maybe the cooler weather, ??

    Jo, Stella and Zkhat

  8. How scary it must be to live with fires which can start any time. Like some parts of the US have earthquakes or tornados. We are happy in Sweden to dont have that. Sometimes we have fires but only in extreme dry summer which isn´t often. Just now we have a lots of rain.
    K looks happy just now, enjoy your days.
    We had great days, I have seen new borned mooscalves and also wild boars which is very difficult to se.
    Hugs from us!

  9. K, you are so beautiful!

    We are worried about those fires and sending lots of good thoughts to you.

  10. Please stay safe. I know you will. The fires are unreal and I can barely stand to watch the news.

    Mango Momma

  11. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Stay safe!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  12. What a wonderful time in the forest for all of you! :)

    Keeping paws crossed your home will not be touched by those awful fires. Glad you're getting out of town till the danger passes.

    Wags and Hugs,
    Roo and Mom

  13. ThanKs for the updates!

    The pictures of Colorado's fires just break our hearts -

  14. i have been thinking of you when hearing of the wildfires....soooo tragic! STAY SAFE!
    so glad that K is taking in each and every moment!

  15. Keeping our paws crossed for you and everyone else in CO near those fires.

    Pugs & Kisses,

    Brutus & Ellie

  16. Such a happy sight to see that K is enjoying life to it's fullest-yet it breaks my heart to watch the Weather Channel and see how the fires are taking over Colorado.

    I pray that the wind does not reverse and I am glad to know you are making wise decisions in preparing to leave before it's too late.

    You're in my thoughts and prayers,
    Chester's Mom ♥

  17. It is so good to see K enjoying life. We have been thinking about you a lot with all the fires. We hope your home will be safe from the fires, but the most important things are your lives. As you leave your home for safety, you know that you have your most precious belongings on board with you. Take care and stay safe.

  18. Please give K a BIG hug from us and stay safe.

    Lots of Luv & Kisses
    Addie, Lucie and Hailey

  19. K never fails to bring a smile to us. The fires do not however bring a smile. :( Glad you are prepared to leave if you have to. Be safe and keep us updated.

  20. Keeping our paws crossed that you and all our other furiends in Colorado stay safe!

  21. I hope you and your house are safe. It just breaks my heart with all the fires and what will happen to all the wildilfe. Stay safe. Betsy

  22. I've been thinking about you guys every time I've heard more fire news. I hope that you stay safe and that the fire leaves your home untouched. Hopefully, you'll be able to let us know how you're doing when you get settled!

  23. we purr you all stay safe - and that K has as many happy days as possible...

  24. I think it's human nature to think we can fix everything but alas, that is not always the case. Realizing that some things are just out of our hands can be a sobering experience. I am so glad to hear that you got a camping trip in with K before the fires got too close. Now I just wish you all safety and more happiness with K. :)

  25. How we hate to hear that the fires are getting closer and closer to you. We know that you are prepared to leave quickly should the need arise.

    You tell K that we're still sending her the Power of the Paw and that we're praying really hard too.

    Lily Belle

  26. KB, As I watched the news last night and realized there was a new fire above Boulder, you were the first person I thought of. Just had to come see if you were impacted but it looks like you're already evacuated or getting ready to be. Praying you, the runner, and yours beloved pups will be safe as well as your home.
    Hugs, Noreen

  27. We've been thinking about you and hoping for your safety. This is so tragic...all the humans and wildlife suffering. Ironically here in Florida we are inundated with rain. Mother Nature needs a different business model.

    Joan and the Barkalots

  28. Oh man, so awful to have to worry about fires and craziness like that along with worry about K. :(

    Stay safe, all of you. I'll be holding you all in my thoughts.

  29. Oh no! I hope they get a handle on those fires soon. So heartbreaking to see all that devastation. Stay safe!

  30. On a side note...the "smokey" picture is what Fort Worth looks like in the summer even without a fire (just pollution), and it's why I would love to be living out in your neck of the woods.

    What I really stopped in to say is that I am wishing you the very, very best in ALL that is going on with you guys right now.


  31. WE have had you guys in our thoughts constantly, worried if the fires were closing in. WE are so glad to hear you had a wonderful weekend and our hearts brighten each time we see sweet K making the most of every day of her life. What a teacher she has become.

    Stay safe
    Much love
    Bert and the crew

  32. We're sending all our prayers in your direction. Be safe and hopefully the fires will be put out soon. Mother Nature isn't very friendly right now. Tropical Storm Debby just left Florida. You guys could have used all that rain that was dumped on us.

  33. PLEEEEEEEEEEZE stay safe - just herd 'boutz the air quality problemz there too cauzed by all the firez - pray that u'all stay safe an'PLEEEEZE keep us posted az u can. We here in NE Kansas haf air quality problems due to the heat - shure that you guys haf it worse. Prayers sent fur all of you.
    Mom iz thinkin'bout K'z breathin'am we a;; r sendinALOT of prayerz.
    Shiloh'n Shasta

  34. Please be safe. I have been thinking of you and Roxanne a lot the past couple of days.

  35. I've been wondering how close the fires were getting. Another blogger I know in Colorado was evacuated but then able to return home.

    Sorry to hear about K's down times. Accepting that it's out of your hands is a wise way to think but certainly not easy.

    Trying to send strength and rain your way.

  36. All of you have been much in my mind as we watch the horrible wildfires. I'm so happy K had such a good day with family in one of her favorite places. We will keep positive thoughts that all of you will remain out of harm's way. Thank you for giving us an update.

  37. Dearest special Ones, every ounce of White Dog magic and healing energy is focused on your area and ending the horrible destruction running amok. Last night we heard there are 11 fires in CO alone. We hold you in our paws and ask the Universe to protect you and keep you safe.

    K's journey at this point should be filled with joyfully embracing your wonderful haven not wth packing in fear of needing to flee.

  38. Keeping our paws & fingers crossed that you all will stay safe. Our hearts are breaking for the animals and people that are losing their homes, whether they are the forest itself, or the man-made ones.

    Finnegan, Buddy & Jazzy, Mom Nora

    PS: Our best purrs to Miss K, as always. We've been following you ever since the Pillars of Strength. You are all inspiring!

  39. Be safe. MomKatt hears about the fires nearly every morning on NPR. My sisfur, Sasha's boyfriendkat lives out in CO & she Pmails him on Catster frequently to check that he & his brofurs & furramily are OK.

  40. Be safe and take care. Purrs to you fambly.

  41. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the souls, 2 legged and 4, who are affected by these tragic fires.

    Although we acknowledge that this is how the forest has renewed itself for millions of years, it is so sad to know that so much is lost.

    Our prayers are always with K, and her family.

  42. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful K.

  43. We have been so worried about you and your forest and all the animals.
    I wish I could send the biggest bubble full of rain to make the fire stop.
    We are sending postive thoghts and prayer to you and your world.
    Be safe my friends, please be safe.
    We love you

  44. I thought of you immediately when we got the news of the Flatiron fire. Our state is a tinderbox. Here in Summit, it is extremely dry but we have been lucky so far. Like you, we are ready to leave on a moment's notice. K looks so happy - those are great photos showing her spirit. She is not finished with Life just yet - I'm thankful.

  45. Stay safe. We'll be purring, praying and wagging for you.

    The Florida Furkids and Lexi

  46. Ann ..from ..THE OUTER BANKS OF NC...said Everyone is praying for your safety...glad you are prepared to leave at any moment Fires are real scary and move so fast Also we pray for all the wildlife there too.. that they can escape this horrific ordeal..And K is such a wonderful example of just about anything you can think of..Hugs

  47. All the best for your safety. Hope that the fire will stop and K will be hapy for a long time. Love EM in Dk

  48. Dawling K
    so happy you had that glowiouus time in youw mountains and meadow..I'm pwaying fow all the hoomans and fuwwkids affected by this howwible fiwe..I cwoss my paws that you stay safe
    smoochie kisses

  49. Take care. We are thinking of you, and hope that the fires are all out soon.

  50. I had been following the fire south of you, but was not aware you had one in your area. We certainly know the fear of wildfires and will be thinking of all of you. Stay safe.

  51. Purring and praying for you and all others in the line of fires!

  52. You all stay safe! Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

  53. All our paws are crossed and sending a ton of good vibes...please be safe
    Benny & Lily

  54. We're doing our best rain dance and directing it westwards to you. Hope you won't have to flee, but better safe than sorry. Glad to see K is still here. We know you are cherishing every minute.

    Jed & Abby

  55. Oh ya'll, dis is just terribles! We is sendin' you our bestest thougts and prayers and hopes dis will all end soon and dat you will still has a place to call home.
    We are here to gets you through durin' dis too.


  56. Welcome home. I'm glad K is hanging tough. I'm glad you're hanging tough. These fires are unbelievable. The wind is unbelievable.

    Wish we could get some Debby up here.

  57. Please stay safe! It's a scary time for everyone. Mom's best friend/aunt/more like sister is at the Air Force academy in Colorado Springs, we're so worried

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  59. I was sooo glad to see a post from you and that you all are safe and K is feeling good right now. I'm glad to know that you are getting prepared to leave if fires get closer. After seeing so many of your pictures I am even sadder about all the devastation to your state. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you; stay safe.
    Take care,
    Lucy (Troy,Ohio)

  60. Sending big gusts of wind - blowing AWAY from your home.

  61. We are thinking of you and with paws crossed we hope all will be OK. Keep us all posted.
    Best wishes Molly

  62. Hi Y'all,

    Fires scare everyone who lives near areas at risk. Plus, even at a distance, they cause health and breathing problems. Our paws are crossed for y'all.

    Hawk aka BrownDog

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