Jan 9, 2021
Sometimes I sit back and wonder how day in and day out I manage to do what I do and still maintain my sanity. Rescue is hard, it is difficult, it is disheartening and most times here at Leave No Paws Behind, Inc. it is devastatingly heart breaking. People ask me all the time how I manage to not get angry with what I see on a daily basis. Well to be honest, I have moments where my anger begins to take over and then suddenly I remember how each and every animal we have rescued who has been abused, neglected and abandoned is so forgiving, so loving and so trusting and in that instant my heart softens and one more time my anger dissipates and I find myself focused on the animal in need.
The tears begin to flow as I imagine how long they had to endure such pain and such sorrow in their all too short little lives. I find myself apologizing for those that have done them harm and I find myself admitting that I am but a mere human and I am ashamed sometimes of humankind and their behavior. Yes, more oft then not, I admit that some of the most heart warming, honest and enlightening conversations I have had over these last almost 10 years has been with God's most precious little creatures.
Then something magical happens, something almost miraculous that takes my breath away as we watch them suddenly come to life. My sadness and anger disappears and my heart suddenly fills with so much love, so much compassion and it is almost like I understand, in that split second, what they are trying to tell me. Perhaps my lesson to learn is not to dwell on the past, not to allow the pain, the anger or the sadness engulf me but to remain in the present, the here and now, and to allow myself to feel the love, the kindness, the gratitude and everything that is good, kind and forgiving in God's world that I am blessed with as I watch their fear replaced with hope.
Perhaps what they are letting me know is that no matter what has come before them, at that very moment in time, they know only love and they are so grateful knowing they are safe from all harm. Most importantly, no matter how much time we are blessed with them, they know, even if perhaps it is the first time in their little lives, how much their life matters. With one little wag of their limp little tails, perhaps they are letting me know, even in the darkest of times, that there is a light shining brightly and that somehow the littlest act of kindness , compassion and forgiveness can replace a life time of sorrow and heal a broken spirit.
Yes perhaps they are sent here to teach all of us life's most important lessons: " forgiveness is a given, trust has to be earned, and love, when truly felt from the heart, is unconditional". Yes perhaps on days like today when my heart grows weary and I wonder how I can do what I do, I am reminded with one tiny little tail wag, why and how I continue to do what I do. Perhaps, just perhaps, my life truly has been touched by angels with furs and perhaps I have been blessed with knowing a little slice of heaven right here on earth each and every day ❤ tw, LNPB
Good night sweet angels Alley and Chauncy, you are my shining stars that continues to guide me, and mommy loves and misses you so ❤
PICTURED: Our soon to be newest fur family member. Hang on little one, just one more wake up ❤