In February of 1994, shortly after the passing of my dear Saluki, Yoda, I got a call from a friend. A friend of hers, a Saluki breeder, had lost her home to fire. There were nine, nine-month old, pups in the house that were rescued and dispersed among friends for placement. I adopted the little golden girl we called WindDancer, whom we lost in March of 2007, and whose memorial page is on this site as well. She was almost fourteen.
Several of the pups from this litter, in almost magical ways, found each other, uniting their adopting humans in friendship. A few others, I discovered the whereabouts of. Others' locations were unknown.
When the story in Carmela's dedication above unfolded, we were told this abandoned Saluki had a tattoo. We managed to track it ... and imagine my shock when, through the AKC website, we discovered that this little Lillee was none other than one of my Dancer's litter mates. Carmela happily joined the "family".
As far as we know, of all the litter mates I could track down either directly or peripherally, Lillee was the last. The last of a group of pups who literally went through a trial by fire, some of who brought their owners together in friendship and family ties. I grieved that my Dancer came so close to seeing Fourteen. I rejoiced when Lillee made it to that honorable age. And, now, my heart breaks to wish the last of this dear little family a pleasant journey through the veil.
All the little firebabies are together again.
I love you, Lillee,