We were talking afterwards and they asked me when I would get another dog. I told them that it would not be for a while. One of my brothers told me, "You should name it Wowacintanka. That's the Lakota word for perseverance; 'to persist, to strive in spite of difficulty'."
Perseverance rises from the spirit-rather like a sleeping giant-when we reach our physical limits or we've collided with a barrier that tells us we can't or shouldn't. It enhances strengths and capabilities, awakens our determination, and enables us to move beyond our limits, coaxing from us just enough effort to keep moving, to keep reaching and striving despite the weariness, or pain, or despair.
--Shadow passed away on July 12, 2013. Tanka was born July 16, 2013. A life ended, a life began, and that life waited until I was ready to accept it into mine.
--Wowacintanka is a word from the Lakota/Sioux Indians that used to inhabitant the Minnesota we call home.
--Tanka has lymes/anaplasmosis but is showing no symptoms, like he is persevering too. (Don't worry, even though he isn't showing symptoms, we are still giving him herbs/homeopathy to help him)
--The word wowacintanka also has this idea of coexisting with respect and peace. That is also what having a livestock guardian dog is about. Our goal is not to exterminate all predators from our area, but find a way to coexist with them.
I am so grateful he has found his forever home with us!