You read the good and you read the bad. I know it’s so much more pleasant to read good things, uplifting things, things that make you smile. I’ve talked about this before. It makes me feel bad for the Friends of this blog when I write about a crisis or a death. It seems there have been more than usual recently. But the reality is that this is my life. Life with animals. There are so many wonderful things. I get to take in little furry souls who cannot fend for themselves. It’s a great feeling to take in an animal and provide them with food, medical care, comfort, and shelter. Sometimes when I take in a little being the outcome is heartbreaking. The fight to keep them alive and the anguish of losing them has made me question my choice of lifestyle many many times. But then I’ll have an adoption. An animal who was once on his/her own, struggling to survive, ends up here and is then Chosen by a hero who offers that animal a loving Forever Home. I tell you what, Friends, it doesn’t get much better than that. So when you’re reading a story on this blog about an animal in distress or about a death, know that there is truly a balance. The bad stuff, the sad stuff is hard to take. But the good stuff makes it all worthwhile. I also know that if you’re reading here it’s because you love animals. And if you love animals, you have experienced the deep ache that comes with the finality of loss. When I write about my own heartbreak, you and I connect. Maybe you’ve been through an injury or an illness with one of your animals, and you come out on the other side. Maybe your furry family member greets you after a long day at work. Maybe you just look across the room and smile at the beauty of the animal in your world. We connect when you read a joyful story here because you, too, have experienced joy as a result of the animals in your life.
I thank you for reading here, for caring about what happens to the animals here, for caring about your own animals and animals everywhere. I thank you for your comments when I write about a loss, a struggle, a joy, a celebration. We are forever connected because of our love for animals.
This coming Saturday is Earth Day. I love our home – the Earth. I love the flowers, the trees, the rocks, the grass, the ponds and rivers and oceans. But the thing I love most about our Earth is the animals.
It sure is nice to have a group of Friends who love animals as much as I do.
See you tomorrow for that Wildlife post I promised you last week. Get ready. The cute is almost too much to bear.