Pillars of Strength – A Special Day for K

As we have often told, this blog began as a dedication to our very own special Nikita, my first Siberian Husky who passed many years ago. The first stories posted on a precursor website were meant to simply be cathartic writings, but I was stunned to discover that people actually read the posts and responded to them. Frankly, I had never even heard of dog blogging (or cat blogging or horse blogging) and had no idea that there was this tight-knit community out there. One of the greatest things about blogging about The Herd is meeting so many people who share in our compassion for each other – even if we never meet in “real life.”


One of those friends we have “met” is KB – of Romping and Rolling in the Rockies.  We love checking in to see photographs or videos of mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes and bears.  And, of course, checking in on the adventures of K and R – the Labraduo who share in the adventures.  When you see these beautiful dogs romping in the snow, you never think of them being sick.  Thus, we were as shocked as everyone to hear of K’s medical challenges.

Look deep in that starry eye of K, though, and you see fighter – that indomitable spirit that lives in the now.  A look that says she plans to beat the osteosarcoma that has been thrown her way.  We love that fighting spirit.

And so, K, as you prepare for your next chemotherapy treatment, just know that there are a lot of us out here who are wishing the Power of the Paw for you. Much like KB reached out to us in the loss of our dear, sweet Kodiak, we are reaching out to you as your Pillars of Strength. We are a united blogging community supporting K – and so many others – in their battle with the Big C.

Let’s join paws to eradicate cancer from all of our pals.

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Below is the list of bloggers that we are aware of that are participating in the Pillars of Strength day.  Please join us – all of us – in this Pillars of Strength day to battle cancer in K – and all of our friends.


  1. Barb on February 17, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Many thanks for your part in starting this Blog Hop for KB and K. Though I don’t have a dog companion currently, my heart still sings with the pleasure I found with Breezy, my Golden (now deceased).

  2. The Thuglets on February 16, 2012 at 3:36 am

    A beautiful tribute to K. The Power of The Paw is amazing! We were proud to play a small part by joining in with Pillars of Strength.
    Big Nose Pokes
    The Thugletsx

  3. Elmo & Mouse on February 15, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Good Luck and Best wishes to K!!!!!!

  4. Eva or sometimes Priscilla on February 15, 2012 at 1:45 am

    The power of paws will be with us from now on!

    You guys who made this happen are awesome!

  5. Suka on February 14, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Beautiful and touching post. Such an incredible outpouring of love and support for K and KB through the Pillars of Strength event. We, too, stand behind you and all the others who participated in the event, in sending K and KB much love and healing and support.

    Suka and K

  6. Sam on February 14, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    What a great post, D.K. Thank you for making this happen.

    The puppy picture of K totally melts my heart. She is such a special dog.

    The blog community really is amazing, isn’t it?

  7. Jen on February 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    What a wonderful tribute to K!
    I just love her star eye:))

  8. HUSKYS RULE on February 14, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    We don’t know K but we feel like we do. Our paws are crossed for you K! Love the pic of your starry eye!
    Licks & Nibbles,
    Kody & Nia

  9. Maggie Mae on February 14, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    We is proud and honored to be a part of dis most wunderful day. Thank you fur helpin’ to make today such a success. 🙂

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae and Max

  10. siku marie on February 14, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    shoulder-to-shoulder in solidarity until Cancer.Touches.No One. Thanks for being the momentum behind today’s howl of support.

  11. mayzie on February 14, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    What a most beautiful postie for a most beautiful girl and her very special mom. Just LOOK at everybuddy who has pawticipated. Thank you for helping to organize this so that we can let them know just how much we care and they don’t have to face this alone.

    Wiggles & Wags,

  12. Huffle Mawson on February 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    That is a very special post for a special K!

  13. jansfunnyfarm on February 14, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    So glad you organized the support posts for KB and K. They are also making new friends today.

  14. AC on February 14, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Thank you, thank you for creating this special day for K. I’m honored to be a part of this community and can only wish for K and family to be feeling like Popeye after all these strength helpings.

  15. FiveSibesMom on February 14, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    That was an absolutely beautiful tribute to K, R & KB! We always love their gorgeous photos and we too stand proud and tall and offer our 20 canine and two human pillars of support to K in this journey. I so agree that we are part of an absolutely amazing community of caring folks. I’m very proud to be part of it.

  16. Sam on February 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    We do belong to a very special community, don’t we?


  17. Ruby's Raiser on February 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    It’s an honor to be part of this wonderful and supportive community. We’re proud to participate in Pillars of Strength and we thank you for bringing us all together.

  18. Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart on February 14, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Thank you for organizing this worldwide tribute to the amazing K (who I am lucky enough to know in real life). Those pictures showing the star in her eyes are so beautiful. Indeed it’s just a sign of all the special strength and soul inside her.

  19. Chester on February 14, 2012 at 11:44 am

    What a beautiful post to give K the love and support she needs right now! Your thoughts about the blog world echo mine – I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started bloggin’. The wonderful, exceptional group of friends I’ve come to know is astoundin’, to say the very least. I only wish my editor would schedule more time for me so that I could visit each blog every day.

    Happy Valentine’s day ♥!

  20. Wyatt on February 14, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Love is a powerful thing. Just the right medicine for K.

    Great post 😀

  21. jack & moo on February 14, 2012 at 11:24 am

    We’ve known K, R, & KB were furry special from the first time we visited their blog. We are proud to pawticipate in Pillars of Strength to support them in their battle against the Big C.
    Wonderful post, Herd!

    Happy Valentine’s Day to all of woo!

    jack & moo & mom

  22. NCMountainwoman on February 14, 2012 at 10:19 am

    You done good! It is only 10:20 and I can feel the positive vibes sent to K. Thank you for allowing us to consolidate our energy for this wonderful dog and courageous woman.

  23. The Island Cats on February 14, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Thank you for introducing us to K and her family. We wish it was under better circumstances. K is such a beautiful woofie!! We are purring for her and KB. We have our Pillars of Strength post up today.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    Wally, Ernie & Zoey

  24. Khyra on February 14, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Dear QNTE –

    Your hu-dad did furry furry well!

    Please reward him in your own SPECIAL way!

    PeeEssWoo: Happy Valentine’s Day to ALL The Herd!

  25. Garth Riley on February 14, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Wow. What a wonderful, moving post. My parents lost my lab brother to the big C before I joined the family, so this touched us very deeply.

    We have yet to “meet” K and KB, but we thank you for doing this for them.

  26. Random Felines on February 14, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Wow – we love supporting our fellow anipals…..we are purring for K and hope this helps her mom a little!!

  27. KB on February 14, 2012 at 8:51 am

    I woke up this morning, and took a glance at my computer… Hmm, lots of comments. I wonder why, I thought?

    Then, I looked around the dog blog world a little more, and I am completely floored. You are so wonderful that I can barely see through my tears. I can barely write anything to anyone. I am truly blown away.

    Like you, I started my blog without a clue that this community existed. We are so very lucky.

    Today, we remember your Nikita and your Kodiak, and we honor the love that they gave you. And, I thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your incredible gesture. Thank you D.K. and The Herd.

  28. Carolyn on February 14, 2012 at 8:37 am

    I love their blog too, and you bet I will add a chunk to that pillar.

    Here’s to the Power of the Paw!

  29. Bassetmomma on February 14, 2012 at 8:25 am

    What beautiful pictures of K. She does have a starlight in her eyes!

  30. HoundDogMom (Sherri) on February 14, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Beautiful post. We know first hand how blogville will unite when the Power of the Paw is needed. This Pillar is going to have so much STRENGTH. Just look at all these posts. KB and K are going to be amazed. Sniffs, The HoundDogs

  31. Artemisia, Fenris, Socks & Scylla on February 14, 2012 at 8:12 am

    What a beautiful post, your words touched our hearts.

  32. houndstooth on February 14, 2012 at 7:14 am

    I knew your post would be beautiful! You have a gift for words. I completely, completely agree with you! 🙂

  33. The OP Pack on February 14, 2012 at 6:26 am

    We are all here in support of K and KB too. Awesome post.

    Woos – Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  34. Max the Quilt Cat on February 14, 2012 at 5:43 am

    What a beautiful post… wonderful photos too.

    pawhugs, Max

  35. Linda on February 14, 2012 at 2:04 am

    One thing we learn from our pets. Live each day to it’s fullest and take just one day at a time. Live in the moment and savor all that you see, smell and hear. And what a playground to have in the Rockies where there’s so much beauty to take in.

    Sending prayers to K.

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