March 9, 2014
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the entire mp building stinks! this would be 100% the fault of our new arrival..nacho, the unneutered tom cat. gross and gag but he seems like a sweet (but stinky) cat. he goes in to the vets on tuesday…gas masks needed until then!
good day at saints today….i am pretty much dead from the time change. thx to everyone for everything..i would have been totally useless if i was here..time changes truly annoy me..can’t handle them well anymore.
angel is not well today..she started vomitting last night and has not yet perked up much today…watching her carefully.
puff had a melt down..pepper got moved back to the mp room where he decided he needed to be spoon fed like pac.
and pac spent the afternoon with me again at work altho maybe i shouldn’t have taken him because he really was tired and a bit sore from his barn time today.
i think that is all of the news..really looking forward to…hot bath, getting thru the meds, diabetics and yay…finally bed!!! (i was up a lot last night which totally sucked.)
Here are the new baby chickens, growing fast
China came to saints a few weeks ago, but for those that haven’t seen her photos on our facebook page here she is – such a beauty.
And here is Pac, making himself right at home
Max cat is feeling better
Teddy is doing better too
Rose is still waiting to get out of her xpen cage
Bobbi seems to be doing well out and about with the general cat population in the MP building. She sure loved to play
Carl was not enjoying the snow two weekends ago …
The cows were making the most of it … LOVE!
and here is Ellie the pink pig princess spending a rainy day yesterday in bed … must be having a great dream look at that smile.
March 8, 2014
you know the kind…the ones that that take all that you’ve got and its just barely, barely enough.
anyway…glad i am home and thx to michelle, we got most of everything done…i just have house meds and bedtime feedings.
i took pac back to work with me, he hung out in the car while i saw a couple of clients and then he played with the nurses while i finished the last of my charting. we shared french fries on the way home because i was starving.
funny..he does not need to be spoon fed chips!
wilbur is quite lame today so i gave him some pain meds at bedtime and mo will give him more in the morning. if he is still lame on monday, i will ask the vets to come out and see what is up with him.
robbie really wants to play with the cats..the cats are not impressed and think he should play with a dog instead.
thank you guys for pulling out the eaten couches and putting a new one in for capone..please mystic and luna…DO NOT EAT THE NEW FREAKING COUCH!
and thx to everyone who came out on this soggy day to take care of everything else!
luna climbed out the window again…maybe when the windows get opened and closed, could everyone please make sure they get locked up tight again? i was so hoping to rip them off off the evening wet and rainy walk, but luna bombing around out windows and over fences kind of screwed up my diabolically selfish plan.
new cat coming in..i felt sorry for the poor bugger, he had a really bad run of luck. first he found himself as an unneutered stray who ended up in the shelter. they noticed he had a broken tooth so they took him to the vet to get him prepped for a dental and neuter. when the vet checked him over it was discovered he had a grade 3 or 4 heart murmur so they needed to do an ultasound before the surgery. before they did the ultrasound they decided to do bloodwork to make sure he was healthy on all fronts before going further.
and if that little unneutered and stray little bugger did not test positive to FIV…really nacho? you just had to have that too???
he is a nice cat and the staff wanted this out of chances cat to have one more chance so he is coming out to saints tomorrow.
hah! maybe they should have named the little unlucky beast… lucky.
March 7, 2014
and i have been working like a dog…
the tv room is set up, the animals are moved.
i spent like 2 hours trying to figure out how to put together the shelf. it was made in china, packaged in richmond and the directions were only in french…not helpful.
anyway..in the end…it wasn’t a shelf unit…it was a freaking closet organizer..i could just shoot myself. oh well..i made the freaking thing work…sort of.
i feel like i have been run over by a truck.
i got a nice update on bambi and bernie..they are both doing great! i will try to cut and paste it on to the blog tomorrow..tonight i am too sore and want to go to bed.
everyone please remember NOT to open the outside door in the computer room this weekend…the cat run is not done yet…i put a chair there to remind everyone it has to stay closed.
the dogs have been shifted around..not quite finished yet with moving them..maybe tomorrow after work.
ok…where’s the tylenol?!
having integrity in rescue is more about the things you can’t do rather than the things you can do. and it’s more about the things you have to do vs. the things you want to do.
there are a dozen pain in the ass dogs here that i really could do without. but it was two of the sweetest and easiest dogs that i sent out to a new home.
i miss bambi…5 years of loving that dog when not a single person ever inquired about giving her a home. i would introduce her to people and tell them she was such a great dog, but no one ever took the time to get to know her very well.
you think after 5 years of loving them and they loving you back that they are here forever. but they aren’t. if the right home comes, you pack them up and they go and you do not even think twice about holding them back.
there are dogs who absolutely have to live here…dogs like andy and squirt. and there are dogs who would choose to live here, like mystic and boomer. and there are dogs who are too dangerous not to live here like puff or too close to the end of their roads like jerry and tina and jess.
and bambi did not fit into any of that. bambi fit into the…needs/deserves/wants/has enough time/will do fine with…a really good home.
bye bambi..i love you and will miss you.
oh freaking well.
in rescue you never put your own needs before those of the animals. you make every attempt to find the honest right and then follow thru with the right. i have adopted animals out to people that i really did not like very much…we were like oil and water, not a very smooth, consistent mix. but my feelings had nothing to do with how the animal would feel in living in that home…if it was a good home, if it was the right home then the animal got a good new home…end of story on this.
luckily i really like bambi’s and bernie’s new home and she really liked us too. i look forward to happy updates, to knowing our girls are happy and well loved…to not just knowing but thru continued sharing….i did right by them.
oh well…i will miss bambi. sadly i will most likely never miss puff being that integrity in rescue is what it is.
March 6, 2014
erin and i were talking about death today..specifically in relation to jesse. it’s close but not yet his time. and i have had the same conversation this week about owen and crippled max too.
my life revolves around illness, disability and end of life issues…in both my nursing career and rescue. and because of this my view of aging, illness, disability and death is most likely different than the average healthy and hearty person’s.
life and death are not electrical switches, flipped on and off at will. both life and death are a multitude of interrelated and interdependent processes…physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
in any unwellness of health, in any disability, in any extreme old age…normal simple tasks of living, become more challenging. its normal, it is expected. sometimes it is hard to observe and it certainly is hard to live. and it is universal for both humans and animals…reaching the end of lifes long and hard road when the body is fragile, worn out and frail is difficult.
but all of us..human and animal have learned in our lifetimes to rise to the challenges that life presents us…we fight thru, we soldier on and as we become aged or disabled, we learn to compensate to get along.
we don’t give up easily..that spirit inside us clings tightly to the magical spark of life…few of us will thoughtlessly just toss our life away. we know that once that life switch is flicked off, it is flicked off forever …there is no second chance or changing our minds…death is the only thing in life that is permanent.
sometimes it takes a great deal of strength to watch those we love fade away but they are entitled to that fading out journey so when their death actually comes…they are heart, mind, body and soul ready…their spirit is ready to fly free.
i do not worry so much any more about the actual moments of death..i worry more about the journey they respectfully be allowed to take. we can, will and do ease their final passing, but the journey to reach the gate of passing, is theirs to take, it does not belong to me.
we can help them by providing the meds to keep them comfortable, adjusting their environments for ease of their use and safety…we can add companionship and interesting variety to their living but we can’t take their journey away from them, they haven’t said they are done yet.
we cannot stop or hurry death, but we can use our hearts, minds and heads to ensure these end of life journeys are cared for and supported as best as we can.it is beyond any human’s power to make the end of life perfectly grand. but as long as someone wants to keep living, we can in gentle kindness walk with them and when needed, reach out to hold their hand.
i really do love animal rescue…so why when someone i like and i know can most likely learn what is needed, tells me they want to start rescuing, does my heart drop, and i feel tears welling up and i want to tell them not to do it?
why am i happy (and truly relieved) that none of my kids will follow in my footsteps?
oh..i know…i love them, i want to protect them, i don’t want them hurt. and rescue hurts….sometimes big time.
if rescue was simply see an animal in some kind of distress, help that animal find some kind of peace and happiness….fine. i would encourage everyone to do it as much as they can.
but rescue is so much more than that…it is dirty hard work, emotionally and mentally exhausting and sometimes so mind boggling petty and mean….it can suck your soul right out of your clay feet.
you can have your faith in mankind renewed a hundred times over and destroyed again in a blind of an eye. it is a roller coaster ride…it is a heart stopping, stomach dropping, i feel like i am going to puke..please, let me off, i don’t want to do it again, terrifying and never ending ride.
but that is not what is so horrible about rescue..it is that at the end of the day, on good or bad or truly terrible days….you are always alone.
and people take offence to this because they are here spilling their guts to help as much as they can so how can i say i am alone?
well…it is because i take the hits, i take the punches. no one tries to sabatoge or hurt saints because they don’t like brenda or mo. no one feels the need to engage in the character assassination of helga or penny. and no one needs to piss on the 20 years of passionate life long work of erin or shawn.
when the periodic storms start brewing… target has always been and will always be….me.
you would think when these storms are in full swing that i am this terrible, horrible person. i am actually a good person, even a kind person, a person with honor and ethics and some really commendable beliefs.
but occasionally storms still do come looking for me.
it is what it is and i have been around the block enough times that i actually do get it and i have learned to accept it…it is just part of the job. and the job must be done in sunshine, rain and even hurricanes.
but for those i love?…i want them to find a kinder and more comfortable job.
but not rescue…not this.
March 5, 2014
the computer is down..i have the lap top hooked up but it is a pain to use.
I got home from work late and didn’t feel like posting..sorry. all is well.
I am off thurs/fri and really looking forward to it..the last couple of work weeks have been brutal.
bambi and Bernice go off on their new lives later today and I am conflicted on this…so happy/sad. I love them both but bambi has been here for so long, it seems like I loved her forever. I am really going to miss her when she moves on.
heads up to erin and renee..i think vern is back today so the animals need to be moved out of the computer room early and the stuff pulled away from the wall….sorry about this, I know it totally sucks. also Karla will be here after lunch for the girls so their meds all need to be pulled together along with their up to date med cards..we have already done the adoption forms. sorry I should have done up the meds last night but I forgot.
i had a decent sleep last night but still feel totally bagged…I think it is the night time sinus stuff I am taking but at least the headache is gone…anyway too tired this morning to blog anymore.