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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Waiting for the Powers that Be

This post isn't really 'bout us....

We picked up our BoogieBoy from school on Tuesday, and thought we were going to have him the rest of the week. His dad called Wed. night & said he was taking him from 12-4 on Thursday, for Thanksgiving dinner. He never came back, an investigator from Child Protective Services visited on Thurs night. She asked lots of questions, then indicated she was going to get their legal team involved, and she wanted to know if we were willing to let him stay here. Well mom said "of course!!", we have him 75% of the time now, and would love to have him stay with us full time.
His daddy found out he was being investigated, so he never brought Boogie back and won't take or return our calls, now our mom is really worried. The dad's dad told mom that dad wasn't going to let anyone see him until he found out who filed the complaint, so mama's going crazy worrying if he's getting his medicine, if he's getting enough sleep, and if he's hanging out in the hip-hop club dad manages. Dad takes him to the club frequently, even on school nights, using the excuse that he doesn't have a sitter. This is ridiculous, mom has never refused to take him, but now that his dad has cut off contact with us we don't know where he is or what he's doing. He has seizure disorder, and the spells are brought on by lack of rest, stress, and flashing lights or going from a dark room to one brightly lit. Obviously (to us at least), the club environment is no place for an 11 year old in any circumstances, but eating fast food, not taking his meds, and staying out til 11, 12, or 1 in the morning is almost sure to bring on a seizure. In addition he's dyslexic, and has been approved to attend a DePaul school, and for a scholarship to pay for it, but it doesn't fit into daddy's social agenda, so he keeps toughing it out in a school that's not really able to deal with his special needs. Daddy wants to keep him because he "loves" him, but not enough to let someone help, and only when it's convenient for him. We've all got our paws crossed, and saying our prayers that God will somehow intervene to insure CPS gets the info they need to make a ruling and let him stay with us during the week so mama can get him on a schedule and into the school that can help him (& keep him out of the nightclub!) So far all they've told her though is that Dad has custody, you have to let him take him unless you want to get into trouble for kidnapping, and unless he's placed with us, grandparents have no rights, so any attempts to keep him with us & keep him safe will end up backfiring and cause us to lose all contact (if we haven't already) . Right now our paws are tied and there is nothing we can do except pray, loudly & often. Boogie is MY boy, I got him when I was 8 weeks old, on his 8th birthday, and everybody knows that a boy needs his dog just as a dog needs a boy, so it's been really sad around here, with all of us worrying about how our boy is doing.

Here is a picture of me with MY boy, he's even sweeter than he looks! Don't we look like we just need to be together all the time?

Mom doesn't want to take him away from his dad completely, she just wants to be able to help provide the things he needs that his dad can't or won't be bothered with, but it seems if he's not being beaten or starved those who make these decisions are more concerned with his daddy's rights than with what is best for him.

Here is another picture of us, taken shortly after they brought me home. It was love at first sight for both of us, as evidenced by how hard I was trying to reach him for a kiss!

Please keep him in your prayers, surely God is listening and will guide the powers that be to intervene & do the right thing for our boy. Just knowing others are praying too will help give mom hope & keep her spirits up.
Thanks in advance for your prayers, our bloggin buddies are the best!
Husky Hugs & Nose Bumps,
Happy Birthday, Daddy!


Katherine and Pippa, said...

We'll be keeping our paws crossed for you and hope that it all turns out ok.


Kapp pack said...

Oh No!!!! Give your mommy lots of kisses for us! I can't imagine what you're going through. Hopefully his dad will do the right thing and bring him back to where he is loved and cared for like he should be! Sibe Vibes and paws crossed.

Woo woo, Kelsey Ann

sharkgila said...

Hope everything turns out ok. Crossing my paws for you.


-The Mullin Clan's Mommy- said...

We are all keeping our fingers & pawsies crossed that everything works out real soon in your favor.
-Cosmos, Juneau & Mommy-

Maddox said...

Oh Bama, that picture of your boy and you when you are a baby is my mom's favorite, she even thinks about it when she is supposed to think about ME!!!!

Please let us know how it goes. That boy needs you. I hope his dad can understand that. :*(


Holly said...

Oh Bama, I sure hope you find your boy soon and that he is safe! I will keep my paws crossed, and have my fur siblings do the same. Mom will say some prayers for your too! Please let us know when he is home.


Bama said...

Thanks everyone for your supportive wishes, it does help. Mama's kinda been a mess, her eyes seem to be leaking a lot. It's just so frustrating to know exactly what he needs, be willing to provide it, and to be kept from being able to help him be the best he can be. As of today the dad still isn't taking our calls, and apparently child protective services isn't too worried, they still haven't talked to dad, or the person who has the proof of his instability & can document what our Boogie has been going through for the last 5-6 weeks.
We really appreciate the support of all our new friends though, it helps mom to get it off her chest. The only thing we can do is sit and wait to hear from someone, and our mama isn't very good at doing nothing, she always feels like if she knows what needs to be done she should just do it, but her hands are tied in this situation & it's really eating at her, not to mention not knowing what is going on with him or what kind of environment he's in or if he needs her help.
She apologized to us for not getting up a new husky blog, but her mind is focused on one thing only right now and she's "not feeling terribly clever at the moment". She did get our Christmas Cards done for our blogging card exchange, Now we just need paper, envelopes, labels & stamps & we're good to go! We're all pretty excited about the design she came up with, even gave it our pawstamp of approval, so we should start getting those out by the end of the week. She's got ot learn her lable maker program, then we should be good to go.
Thanks again everybody, you are a helpful dose of happiness when it starts getting too much.
Love you all, pups,

Tasha & Eva said...

We sure hope your Boogie boy is back with you soon. Give your momma lots of kisses and snuggles. We'll keep our paws crossed for his safe return and keep all of you in our puppy prayers. Best wishes and Belly Rubs, Tasha & Eva.

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Good luck with everything RHP! Hopefully things work out just great!

Steve and Kat

Kapp pack said...

Paws still crossed and sibe vibes you way!!!!

Woo woo, Kelsey Ann

The Army of Four said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of roo! Please give your mom a lick on the nose for me, OK?

The Husky in the Window said...

We are sending lots of good husky vibes to you'all and you have to give your mom lots of kisses. She needs them right now.

I'm working on keeping that chair in my room. It's only right that a princess have a throne.

Husky Hugs, MayaMarie

Lenny said...

Hi Bama, Chili, Cracker, and Mikki,
It sounds like you have a very nice, generous, loving family, and I hope your boy comes home safe to you soon. What a frustrating situation. At least you all are there to help him if possible! Thanks for stopping by and I'm glad to meet you!

Your friend, Lenny

Lenny said...

Pee Ess - thanks for the food and vinegar advice!


The Daily Echo said...

Oh that's so sad. We do hope by now you've got some good news. We're sending lots of Sibe Vibes. They really do work!

Sitka and Tia's BLAWG! said...

All paws in this house are crossed.... now, gonna read the post above this one. I am playing catch up...