My husband decided to come with me, but probably won't make another trip up north. He is not doing well and was in too much pain during the trip. He really wanted to see his kids and dad, so he endured his pain, but just can't do it again.
On the way back, I was so excited, thinking I could take a few weeks off to try to catch up, send out some past due Thank yous to the many of you that have been kind enough to donate your art, medical supplies, toys, towels,and dollars to helping me help the animals. Well, it's not going to happen this month it seems. As soon as I got home I had 10 puppies waiting for me. 5 calls later.. by next week, I'll be up to 20 pups.
Not to mention I also took in another pregnant cat and two other kittens.
This week I'll be painting my garage to brighten it up as I have to make space and buy more cages for the incoming pups.
The saddest news I have returning from my trip is that my Best Dog Friend Jack has died...
A big part of me died at that moment as well.
Jack was my Alpha dog, he nurtured and cared for hundreds of dogs, puppies and kittens.
He was a true Alpha and my Best and Oldest Friend.
I'm fighting the tears as I write this for a part of me will never recover from losing him.
My mind and emotions have been reeling, I know that things in this life happen, but it doesn't make it any easier..
He is an animal that comes once in a lifetime..
Always so faithful..
I don't know what I'm going to do..
Jack is the reason I started my rescue... I just can't write anymore..
I'll check in when I can, but for right now, I need some time....
I miss you Jack...
Reading both yours and Claudine's blogs helped me decide to keep a little abandoned kitten I found. Thanks to you I now have a little bundle of joy that makes me smile (and God knows I need to smile).
When I was in 6th grade, I came home to find my Cocker Spaniel to be attacked in this same way. Sadly she was still barely alive. There was no saving her & it broke my heart to know she was enduring such pain.
Dogs are so special, as are all animals. It amazes me that they can have such a profound effect on our lives. But I suppose that is one of their special purposes in the world. You are such a special person. I hope that in time your heart heals. I also hope that your husband's condition begins to improve. You are such an inspiration in all that the two of you do! Hang in there & know that so many of us are sending good thoughts your way.
Thinking of you,
You could of never known this would happen.. I have a shepherd mix and 2 other big dogs who all seemed like one big happy pack... But One day just like any other, they were outside together and sooner then I could blink they were in a huge fight!! It was sooo scary because I was all alone and nothing I did could seperate them.. After it seemed like a eternity, I got my shepherd mix held down and was able to get him in the house. We all had bite wounds(me included!)but luckily noone was seriously injured. So you never can know these things.
God,My heart really breaks for you.
I am so sorry for your loss. Unfortunately, I don't think any of us can predict animal (or even human) behavior some times. I know it's hard, but you can't let yourself get torn up over it, as it wasn't your fault. You've done SO much for the animals. I'm so sorry Bernie!! Jack was brought into your life for a reason, try to remember that now even though you are dealing with the most devastating loss. I will be keeping you, your hubby and all of your "little ones" in my thoughts and prayers...Sending huge hugs...
I have a stitched scar on my thigh dating from 1962 that I received from a female shepherd who had recently had puppies and thought I was going to take one from her. It was instinct that caused her to do that and not malice. You just never know.
Jack had the best life he could have with you and Jeff, even if it was cut short unexpectedly.
I think you're right to limit to puppies until the facilities allow for more. You do so much, but you can only *do* so much as one person to quell such a huge problem. Cut yourself some slack, babe. You gave Jack and so many others a good life and you can't fix everything.
Hugs to you.
i had to put my sambucca down in february as he bit my best friend very badly, i know he didnt mean it, he was a 10yr old white shepherd, but i couldnt take the chance of him doing it again to someone's face or one of our other 4dogs or 3cats..please take time to heal..jack is now with my sambucca and they are happy smiling down on us...
I am posting a web site here in the hopes of changing a condo law that exists in the state of Florida prohibiting condo owners from having pets in a majority of sub divisions. Please pass this on to as many people as possible and maybe one day we will be able to eliminate the need for shelters altogether. http://www.petsincondos.org
Please, please, please go to this website and sign the petition. There are so many of us who are so anxious to rescue an "angel" but because of these ridiculous laws are denied the right. Let's all make a difference. We can't keep putting it all on the shoulders of incredible people such as you.
Thank you for all that you do.