Thursday, March 10, 2011

Team effort

There have been a few Facebook and BRAT postings about the recent multi-state transport of Gunnar from Iowa to Louisiana. Many people have thanked the transporters--I was among them--and we appreciate the kind words. But I don't want us to forget the unsung heroes in this, the "rest of the story," as Paul Harvey used to say: those initial volunteers that made it all possible. First, there was the volunteer who pulled Gunnar from a shelter in Oklahoma; there was Rick in Texas who arranged a transport to get Gunnar to his foster home in Iowa; there was Lindy, his foster Mom, and his adoption coordinator; and there was the new adoptive Mom, Bridget, who has opened her heart to provide this forever home. Those of us in the middle are merely supporting actors in this fairy tale ending. For those of us who have coordinated, we know how hard it is to choose just the right adopter, knowing you are disappointing some, but hoping and praying that your decision is the correct one. Lindy may never fully appreciate the amazing feat she accomplished by organizing eight legs of a very long trip--but it ran without a hitch and even ran early! Her persistence and dedication to getting Gunnar to his new home is exactly the reason I am proud to volunteer with BRAT. We have some amazing individuals giving their time and energy to our cause.

I was the final leg of Gunnar's epic trip. It was my privilege to place him in his new Mom's lap early Monday morning. I will never forget the joy in that moment. Gunner is home; he is safe; and he will live like a prince for the rest of his life. He even had a Welcome Home banner strung across the front porch when we arrived.

So my sincere thanks to everyone who made this happen, and for allowing me to be a part of that journey.

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