1. VERY SPECIAL PERSONS FOR WHOM WE ARE GRATEFUL THIS YEAR
Oh, this year, XANADU had a hard time with the transition from my notes on scraps of paper and notebooks to computer organization. Several persons saved the day/month/year in my behalf. Transition was rough. Because I have little expertise and faith in technology with which I am unfamiliar, I was no fun to work with; and the following people are the true 2017 XANADU CHAMPIONS--
A. Our webmaster, Nathan, who also publishes our Pup Alerts--and makes them pretty-- and forgives ALL of my lack of technical savvy.
B. XANADU'S Office Manager, Mandi, who answers initial emails and keeps XANADU spreadsheets (so I make fewer mistakes), and who takes so many pups to the airport for us, and who is my friend and daily correspondent.
C. My daughter, Ariel, who was here during the crisis when XANADU'S new secretary was not able to assume her on-site role. Ariel began our spreadsheets, updated XANADU record-keeping, and made sure that everyone got the right pup. She also worked to keep me calm during a time that was supposed to be vacation time for her.
D. My son, Garrick, who came over from the eastern slope to take over XANADU spreadsheet-making and chaos organization by computer. And then he got stuck here longer than he intended because of a snowstorm. Eternally GRATEFUL!
E. XANADU lawyer, Linda -- who is also a BIG-time Guardian,
absolute Jane-of-all-trades, positive-person support, and who has a can- do attitude. Linda can think when my mind turns to mush. She is a lifetime friend and treasure -- and a great example of how to be a human being.
F. Rita, my BFF for over 50 years who keeps our Breeding Lineages, Guardian Records, Photos, etc., etc. for over 80 XANADU Breeding Dogs--and like all others in our XANADU human pack -- puts up with me and has done so for a lifetime. I am SO grateful!
G. Guardians of Uhura (means "freedom" in Swahili -- like Uhura's name in the old
series) -- Karen & Steve reared twenty-four puppies from Uhura's two litters. Oh, how good to know such caring, rock- bottom good, puppy-loving people like Karen & Steve. While XANADU works toward offering the public "the World's Best Family Dogs," XANADU also has the best Guardians in the world.
I. I am very grateful to Guardian Benita! Benita and I stumbled through special-needs this season, and had an issue that was figured out ONLY by the next very smart Guardian and tenacious researcher, Sara (see "J" below) and not by XANADU medical pros, no matter what their specialties. Doggie genetics are complex; next lifetime, I've put in my order -- I want to be a dancer and a geneticist -- and I want to be on Benita's team and have her on mine.
J. Sara is the Guardian of a retired Xanadoodle and the mom of a
daughter who is hearing impaired. Sara adopted one of the most beautiful of XANADU dogs -- and this pup is hearing impaired. And that is a different world: Recently, while in the park with her happy, playful deaf pup, she met a man who was walking a deaf dog. He said, "I wouldn't have anything but a deaf dog."
You do not run out of reality and experience, love and adventure -- no matter what.
K. XANADU Micromanager, Dick, my husband, who may not know how much I appreciate his daily and continuous support, his too-many- reminders, poopy-scooping, and cooking when I am 24/7 too busy to eat, and his wonder at the success and development of the World's Best Family Dogs.
L. These are special people -- A through L, but as noted above, XANADU Guardians are just the best, and I've made friends I'd like to
know for the rest of my life: Laurlie, Sarah, Brian & Jean, Brock,
Spencer, Lora, Nicolas, (network breeder) Suzi, (outside stud owner) Gary. These amazing and supportive, helpful and kind people, are XANADU heroes and heroines of just this one year, 2017. These and some 60 other Guardians are the heart of XANADU -- and may also be next year's heroes and heroines, as well. XANADU and I have so many people for whom to be thankful, and I am thankful for you, too, who read our Pup Alert newsletters.
M. The 2017 XANADU puppies are grateful, too. They are grateful for GREAT homes with many of you, for excellent vet care and good-dog! training, for love and bedtime stories and treats.