Pay it Forward - "Oh Where Oh Where Did My Heavenly Hound Go?"

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with 1 Month Realty 49855-090

"Oh Where Oh Where Did My Heavenly Hound Go?"

 

Heavenly Hound

 

Three years ago I received a message from a gentleman through LinkedIn as follows:  I was wondering if you knew where I could get a "Heavenly Hound" plush toy? My wife used to have one as a child and I want to get her one for Christmas. It was her absolute favorite and she lost it during one of her moves as a young girl. It would make her day if we could find one. I heard that there was a Korean manufacturer that was selling the toys under the same name but after weeks of searching I can't find anything. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I replied to his request:  Thanks for contacting me about Wee Win Toys ... specifically the Heavenly Hound, one of a complete line of Scripture Learning and character-building quality plush stuffed animals! My daughter had the same stuffed animal as a child and it was also one of her favorites. I wish I could tell you where to get one, as the line was discontinued over 30 years ago. At that time, I was the State Director for Wee Win Toys. I would be happy to post some messages on Facebook and other social media as well as contact some past clients to see if anyone still has one that they are willing to part with ... Do you want me to give it a try? 

He said, "Yes!" Thank you Sooooooo! I would love it if you could do that for me. My wife would lose her mind if we could get her one. She said, if I remember correctly that she had a tan dog with a Mark 13: scripture on it. I know I shouldn't get my hopes up but just the thought of this is making my day! You are awesome for helping me like this. I don't have words to express my gratitude, and that's saying something for an aspiring writer.  

 

So I started my search, high and low.  I posted on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc., and sent a number of emails to friends who "might" have a Heavenly Hound from back when I was a State Director ... I also contacted both my kids who may still have one? In the meantime my husband lent a helping hand and went online including eBay ... and believe it or not ... We Found a Heavenly Hound!

I immediately sent the link to the eBay advertisement.  He got back to me a few days later:  You guys are the nicest people I've met in a long time! Seriously, its things like this that restore my faith in humanity from time to time. I purchased the Heavenly Hound from the eBay listing you sent me and I can not wait to give it to her! You and your husband are both wonderful for all the help! I really can't tell you how much this will mean to my wife. She always told me how much she loved that dog and how she would tell it all her secrets when she was a young girl. When she lost it she was absolutely devastated and to be able to get it (or at least one like it) for her will not only make her happy it will do the same for me because I love seeing her smile.

 

About a month later I received this message:  I want to send you pictures of us and the dog.  I had to give the dog to her a bit before Christmas because she needed a big pick me up. We're both going through some hard financial times -  both of us lost our jobs earlier this year and we are struggling to find work right now. I do construction and it's crazy slow right now and will be till the middle of January. Anya works with kids but San Diego city schools lost their funding and had to shut down her "after school" program. Believing things will pick up soon.  

 

Anya holding Heavenly Hound

   

She is ecstatic about the dog and that makes me happy too.         

 

                    Rudy and Anya              Heavenly Hound    

Anya is so happy she can't believe I found the dog. She thought I forgot about it and she is so thankful to you two for all the help.

 

The Pleasure was all mine!  I appreciate being able to make your dream happen!

 

When you need a resource or referral ... I'm your gal.  

 

Diana Dahlberg, Realtor                                                                       1 Month Realty Logo

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Comments (19)

Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I want to say that you have a unique view with how you tell your story! Keep it up keep up the good writing

Nov 25, 2016 11:58 PM
Diana Dahlberg

Thanks Laura.  I so appreciate your kind comments.  And glad you enjoyed the story.

Nov 26, 2016 05:02 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Diana.  You sound like me give me a project and if it can be found I'll get it done. 

Nov 26, 2016 04:55 AM
Diana Dahlberg

It really was my honor, and to see the look on her face?  Precious, and Priceless!

Nov 26, 2016 05:03 PM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

It's the little things in life that can bring us such happiness.

Nov 26, 2016 05:26 AM
Diana Dahlberg

You are so right.  To us it may seem like a little thing and to the recipient, a precious gift.

Nov 26, 2016 05:03 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is a very cool story and I am glad you were able to help make this woman very happy!  Social media and the internet is powerful with this sort of stuff nowdays!  Is this an entry for the Pay it Forward contest?  I didn't see it linked on the contest page, so I almost missed it.  Belinda Spillman , Michael Jacobs and Dick Greenberg you should check this post out.

Nov 26, 2016 05:42 AM
Diana Dahlberg

Brian England Well I obviously have YOU to thank as I thought I had entered the link into the contest; but you saved the day.  I am so thankful that you found my blog and enjoyed it and took it to the next step.  You were correct.  I actually wrote it specifically for the Pay It Forward Contest.  Thank you again.  You blessed me.

Nov 26, 2016 05:05 PM
Chris Lima
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you.

Great story Diana. Thank you for sharing.

Nov 26, 2016 06:30 AM
Diana Dahlberg

I'm so glad you enjoyed the story Chris Lima ... It was actually the Pay it Forward Contest that brought this back to my memory and since I had photos to go with the story I decided to share this one.

Nov 26, 2016 05:06 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Diana --- very kind of you and thanks to Brian England it will be added as a contest entry.   

Nov 26, 2016 07:30 AM
Diana Dahlberg

I just realized my link never got posted... but I thank you Michael Jacobs  and Brian England for seeing and making sure I was entered.  Honestly, not sure how that happened. Hmmmmm.  I appreciate your watching out for me!

Nov 26, 2016 05:01 PM
Diana Dahlberg

Thank you ... Thank you ... Thank you!  Michael Jacobs and Brian England 


Hoping you both had a fabulous Thanksgiving Day!

Nov 26, 2016 05:08 PM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

That is amazing.  You really made this lady's day!!!!  Nicely done.

Nov 26, 2016 09:43 AM
Diana Dahlberg

Belinda Spillman Thanks!  Actually it was the concerted effort of my husband and I and the lady's husband who loved her so much and wanted to see her Smile!  Precious! Priceless!

Nov 26, 2016 05:09 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

You really went above and beyond to make a person happy. Good for you. What an amazing thing you did. 

Nov 27, 2016 04:04 PM
Diana Dahlberg

Debbie Laityhanks for your kind words.  It's the little things we do that can sometimes mean the most, and in so doing, we may be entertaining angels unaware! 

Nov 29, 2016 04:01 PM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Diana - That's a great story and your kind help made a big difference to those people.

Nov 29, 2016 12:22 PM
Diana Dahlberg

Dick Greenberg Thanks!  It was a blessing to be a blessing.  

Nov 29, 2016 04:10 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Diana

What a neat story you've shared, and with your success you clearly made some people very happy! What a kind, thoughtful thing to have done.

Jeff

Nov 29, 2016 05:40 PM
Diana Dahlberg

Thank  you for your kind words Jeff Dowler ... it really was my pleasure. We never know who we come in contact with and how we might impact one another's lives.  

Nov 29, 2016 06:25 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Oh Diana, I can only imagine how thrilled she was to get that Heavenly Hound! You made both of their days! Great story!

Dec 01, 2016 08:22 PM
Diana Dahlberg

Thanks Evelyn Johnston ... it really was my pleasure.  Had a fun time being part of their blessing.

Dec 01, 2016 09:33 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Diana what a touching story, too bad you did not enter this into Belinda Spillman contest... oh well... the idea you made some one happy is more important in my book than being in a contest, Endre

Dec 01, 2016 09:50 PM
Diana Dahlberg

Hi Endre Barath, Jr. 


Actually I did enter it into the contest, or at least I thought I had, but I guess I did something wrong or it did not get put in the right place.  But, to the rescue came a few of the people who vote on the stories and they saw my blog and made sure it got entered.  Thank you so much for letting me know my story touched your heart.  It really was a blessing for me to bless someone else.  Have a Happy Holidays!  

Dec 01, 2016 09:54 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

What a wonderful story. I wondered at first where this was going but as I read on it told me a little or rather a lot more about you as a person. Helping others is so rewarding especially when they appreciate the help as well. Hopefully, they will also both find work soon.

Jan 07, 2017 06:32 PM
Diana Dahlberg

Thank you so much Nick & Trudy Vandekar for your kind words.  The amazing part? It was just so much fun to be a part of finding this MIA Heavenly Hound!

Jan 07, 2017 06:53 PM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

What a sweet story and a great ending.  She looks so thrilled and what an awesome husband to look so hard for it too and kudos to you for your part! -Kasey

Jan 23, 2017 07:10 PM
Diana Dahlberg

Thanks Kasey & John Boles and the team at Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC ... I really enjoyed being part of this.  It was fun and I made a new on-line friend!

Jan 24, 2017 01:13 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I have no idea how I missed this post but, I LOVE this story!  What a wonderful thing you did for this woman - and I know you were thrilled to be a part of this!

Jan 26, 2017 05:34 PM
Diana Dahlberg

Yes I was.  Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. 

Jan 26, 2017 06:05 PM
Eileen Begley
Coldwell Banker, DelMonte - Carmel, CA
Monterey Real Estate

Really, nice, cute story! Loved the photos too.  I hope they both found very good jobs. Funny how one thing can change your outlook. Thanks for sharing.

Jan 31, 2017 08:26 AM
Diana Dahlberg

Thanks for your comments.  I am just thankful to have been able to help them fulfill their dream.

Jan 31, 2017 11:09 PM
Cheryl Dukes . . . . . Intown Atlanta
Solid Source Realty, Inc. - Atlanta, GA

A Heavenly Hound with scriptures? Wow, I wish I could get one of those. Perhaps Wee Win Toys should consider bringing those back for an encore performance. Great job, Diana Dahlberg.

Mar 03, 2017 05:57 AM
Diana Dahlberg

Actually I used to be a State Distributor for Wee Win Toys and we had a whole line of quality stuffed animals -- and they all came with scripture patches.  Eg:  Born Again Bunny, Righteous Raccoon, Careful Koala, Truthful Teddy ... they were great learning toys.  It's too bad the company went out of business.


 

Mar 03, 2017 02:44 PM
Anonymous
Lena McCord

I actually have this dog! I remember bits and pieces of my mother buying it for my great grandmother. Recently, my mother moved in with me and that is how I received this sweet hound. Love the story.

Sep 07, 2017 05:03 PM
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Anonymous
Renee

I got my “Charlie” from my grandma when she passed when I was little. I still have him. My grandma and great aunt both bought them at Safeway. When my great aunt passed in my twenties, I got her heavenly hound, too. My son is currently snuggling Charlie :) so happy to see I’m not the only one that’s still just as obsessed with these little hounds! So happy ya got one!

Nov 06, 2017 09:36 AM
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