Saturday, January 3, 2015

January 3, 2015 - Saving Humanity

I watched this video the other day:

I couldn't help but think about what some people might say as they watch it.
Why spend all that time and resources to save a dog? a lamb? a cat?
Why not use that same time and resources on a more worthy cause?
Children? the Elderly? Disabled Veterans?

What I think people forget sometimes is that as hard as it is for those of us who think of animals as more than "just a dog, lamb, or cat,"  the truth of the matter is that the saving that's going on in this video isn't really about the animals at all. 

It's about humanity.

We live in a mean world. 
Yes, there are good people and positivity.
I know that.

But, there is also meanness.
A lot of meanness.
I don't even have to list the meanness...we read and hear about it every single day.  
If you're reading this, a couple of events have already popped into your head.

Those of us in animal rescue deal with a special kind of meanness.
More than our share of meanness as it is projected onto defenseless creatures. 

As the meanness grows in this earthly world, we become numb to certain amounts of it.  
Even if you are one of the most caring individuals alive, you've become numb to certain amounts of meanness.
You have.
It's a defense mechanism that keeps us from losing our minds.

What you see in this video, no matter how trivial some may humans keeping hope alive. 
Keeping hope alive.
Saving the small.
Helping the seemingly hopeless.
Patting each other on the back.
Applauding the human spirit.

Here's to hoping that we never become numb to saving humanity.

Friday, January 2, 2015

January 2, 2015

Last June I introduced Hershey.
One day, when I have a lot more stamina than I do this morning, I will tell Hershey's entire story.  

Hershey and all her pups were adopted into really nice homes. 
In fact, I still stay in touch with the families and receive updates now and again on how all are doing. 

The above picture is my latest update on Hershey.
Sweet Hershey is in her 2nd adoptive home.  
She was returned by the first for jumping over the 5 ft. fence the new family expected her to stay in.  
Hershey also has anxiety issues.  
She tends to panic when she can't find her people.  She loves her people and just wants to be with them.

Hershey's 2nd home is much more dog anxiety saavy than the first one was...thank goodness.  
Her new home provided her with a crate for nighttime and time when her family is away, and she is part of their family rather than a lawn ornament.  
Hershey's new mom is a stay at home Mom and can take time with her each and everyday. 
Hershey is in heaven.
It's the home she's always wanted.

I talked with Hershey's new mom a few days ago, and she told me about an incident they had when Hershey was frightened by holiday revelry.  
We ended the conversation with me saying:
 "Thank you so much for loving Hershey despite her shortcomings."

Hershey's new mom's response was this:
"We all have shortcomings, and all deserve to be loved."

Whoa Nelly.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

January 1, 2015 - New Beginnings

On January 2, 2010, I posted my first blog posting.
I had no idea in what direction I would go, nor whether or not I would sustain the practice.  
After 5 years, I can say that there have been times when I posted religiously and other times when things were spotty at best.  
I can look back at my postings and see when grading times were heavy, when life was weighing me down, when I was on a reading roll, and when life changed me.  

I don't really look at statistics much; this blog was and is for me. Period.
I have enjoyed and truly call some of my blogging buddies (who I've never met face to face) friends, but the blog itself is me.
And will forever remain that way.
I have plans for 2015, and blogging is a part of them.  
I miss this space, and I miss writing.  

I'm not going to make a list of things to task myself with in 2015 on the blog or otherwise.  The one thing that I would like to do this year is post every day.  
Every. Day.
Some days will definitely be shorter than others, and I'm going to give myself the freedom to do just that.  
I know there will be books, photos, animals (lots of animals), kids, husband, food, maybe some academics...maybe...but mostly memories.  Lots of them. 

Other than that, we'll see what happens. 

Welcome 2015!!