Thursday, May 21, 2015

What I learned from my rescue pet children…

What I learned from my rescue pet children…

My 2 girls Cheyenne (dog) & Princess.

     Life is for living and nothing else. No regrets. No vengeance. No looking back. Life for a rescue animal once they’re safely tucked away in their forever home is a joyful one. I know. I have rescued a total of fourteen dogs and cats over the years. I currently have five in my home, in my arms, in my laps and totally in my love. Most importantly, they’ve allowed me to love them. Ask any pet owner: It is a privilege to acquire a pet's loyalty and love. Life is also for cuddling, playing, eating and watching life, birds and bugs go by.

 My boy dog Damon & his two new kitten sisters.

    Animals, specifically rescues don’t let life hold them back or keep them down. They literally live, “if life throws you lemons, make lemonade.” Better yet, they keep making lemonade and gulp it down with relish. I know. I've seen them do it more than once. They don't hold grudges. They don't complain. They love you no matter what. They'll always be there for you. They'll never abandon you at your darkest, deepest moment when you need them most.

 the 2 new kittens I rescued/adopted.

    Perhaps, I'm just biased but for me, animals are the best. For the most part, people leave me empty and angry. People know better: They know right from wrong. When they harm someone they know what they're doing.  When they harm a helpless and innocent animal; when they throw a helpless kitten or puppy into a trash dumpster; when they shoot a dog in the head dead for not fighting;, when they poison and kill annoying neighbor cats with antifreeze; when they run over a dog or cat with a lawn mower; humans know exactly what they're doing. They intend to create harm. There is nothing innocent about them. Animals, on the other hand are the only true innocent living beings. Animals don't harm anyone, humans or other animals just for the fun of it. Animals hunt and kill for food in order to survive. Hunters, on the other hand mostly hunt for the fun of it and to add a trophy to their wall. Not all hunters seek trophies, but in our day and age, most don't need to hunt for food. They do it for the thrill and nothing more, which is why I don't like hunters or approve of hunting.

 My boy (dog) and the kittens.

     My rescues have a reason for hating people, but they don't. My older girl Princess was rescued at 3months old from a kill shelter. She will be 21 in August. My boy Damon came from an abusive home where the husband beat the wife. She surrendered three dogs to a shelter when she finally left her husband. He was one of them. My girl Cheyenne was rescued from an Indian reservation where the average lifespan of a dog is just 2 years old. It seems that Native Americans like to shoot guns and arrows and beat animals for their amusement. With me, she'll be seven this fall. My two kittens were dumped away with the trash at a dumpster at just 3 weeks of age. They're almost 7 months old now. I learned a great deal from my rescue animals. What have you learned from animals, yours or those you know? I'd love to hear about it. I love stories about animals, be it a dog, cat, elephant or deer. Animals are special. They don't have a voice and thus, need ours to speak  up for them, always and forever.

     Until next time….hug your animals. Tell them you love them. If you don’t have a pet, adopt one. Make adoption your first option when seeking a pet. Adopt. Don’t shop. Can’t adopt. Please consider fostering one. The animal will have the taste of home and the shelter will cover the expenses. Can’t foster? Make a donation or volunteer at your local shelter. Whatever you do, however you do it, please be a voice for the animals large and small. All it takes is one to make a difference, good or bad. I’m one for the animals. Are you? Thanks for visiting. Stay safe. Be strong. Be happy. Smile. Show compassion. Be nice to one another. Pass it forward.


    S.J. Francis

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