IT’S ALL AN AFFAIR OF THE HEARTS
EDITION OF FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2018 [PetPowellPress] For this edition we are looking at challenges that help animals or, perhaps, challenges that are helped by rescued animals. You’ve probably been comforted by an animal. We begin with an incident in New Jersey that involves a rescued dog and a rescued cat and a rescued veteran journalist.
THE RESCUED GIVE COMFORT
“Some doctors play golf; Dr. Chloe eases the pressures of work by watching squirrels.” -- Andrew Fisher, Eastern Seaboard Bureau Chief.
That is the leg and those are the toesy-wosies of our Eastern Seaboard Chief Andrew Fisher as he aims the camera toward the shores of Indian Lake at Denville, N.J. I immediately assumed my pal was staging a production of Rear Window with family rescue cat Chloe in the Grace Kelly role and family rescue pup Maxie in the Raymond Burr role. Andy, of course, perfectly fits the Jimmy Stewart role, now that he’s had this mishap.
Here’s how Andy explains this: “I was involved in the hazardous pursuit of mowing my lawn. When I went to turn the mower around, my foot caught between two rocks and I fell. I always carry my cell phone -- but not this time, and Annie wasn't home. I managed to get into the house...” He also managed to get to a hospital and the final diagnosis is two broken bones in the lower leg and surgery coming up.
On the left you see Chloe the Cat watching one of the giant neighborhood fluffy squirrels trying to gather something for the winter. Annie and I reacted the same way: That squirrel is as big as Chloe. Andy wrote, “My thought is that Chloe has seen that guy before. And you know what they say about fluffy squirrel tails: It means a rough winter.”
He also says, “I'm sure Chloe has her own theories about what happened to my leg and a few licks with that sandpaper tongue would heal everything.”
As you may suspect, Denville’s weather is a lot colder than Dallas’ -- more snow and ice, too. Andy should be fully recovered by the time the sidewalks and streets are riskier than a Jersey yard on a summer day in autumn.
Regarding his current spot, he writes, “All in all, not a bad view once you get past the leg. Chloe kept a close watch on me through the night, curled up right next to me. Animals know when to offer consolation!”
You see the look on Maxie’s face. He’s kind of lonely because Andy can’t really make his way down- stairs at a moment’s notice to be with him. Andy writes, “Maxie is downstairs, so I can't see him, and I am sure he wonders what has happened to the old man. He looks at me when he's hungry, which is always, and when he wants to go outside, to run around as best he can, chasing a treat.”
We see this as giving a whole new meaning to the phrase “The Man Upstairs.”
WHEN THE RESCUER NEEDS A BIT OF RESCUE
We’ve written about Terry Lynn Fisher’s rescue and advocacy work in Burns Flat., Okla., for years and years. How does she keep going? On Monday she sent a note that I think should be shared, especially by rescuers. Terry Lynn, no kin to our dear friends Andy and Annie Fisher (except in spirit!), wrote:
“I have had a rough few months. I have felt so depressed and overwhelmed, I have questioned if I have really been helping the animals in need. My sons have been worried about me. I can tell.
"This morning. my son brought his old phone over. He showed me these pictures and asked me if I still questioned what I did.”
With the help of her son’s love, Terry Lynn recalled this story from about four years ago.
She wrote, “I was going down the street one day, a route I usually never went at a time that I, honestly, should have been at work.
“But I went that way. And I saw this little bloody creature wobbling down the road. I thought she had been attacked by something. I followed her and watched her go under a fence into a yard. I went to the door, thinking I was going to give the people bad news about a dog attack, only to learn they KNEW she looked like that. She had mange. They said they had her at the vet but she wasn't getting better.
“I talked them into giving her to me and called the vet. [He said] They took her there SIX MONTHS before that and never went back, nor did they ever pick up the medicine for her.
“I was furious. The people later came to me and demanded the dog back. There was an ugly argument and I had the police come. The people were informed charges would be filed and the dog was not going back...
“This poor girl suffered so bad... But we got her through it and look at the last pictures of how beautiful she is.”
She found a home and Terry Lynn, after looking at Angel’s photographs, wrote, “So today, if I question if I am making a difference for the dogs, I can answer YES. I DO.”
Directing her thoughts to people who support her, Terry Lynn wrote, “I could never do any of this without all of you. So big shout out to all of you as well. Loving this memory so much. Saving lives -- one at a time. It isn’t just what we do. It is who we are.”
And there is Angel, as God intended, thanks to Terry Lynn.
A GREAT RELIEF WITH TEARS
How about this beautiful dog?
Rescued, then adopted. Thought people would like to hear about a rescue that ends happily -- with some tears. We got the news on this from our pal, the veteran rescuer Deborah Verner.
His name is Duncan and he’d been a free-roamer next to a Garland area frequented by kids. One of those kids -- because Duncan likes kids -- was “able to get a collar on him," Deborah said, "and they called my friend, but she couldn't get there right away. So, I got over there, and asked if they could wait a little longer for my friend, Hilda Kilpatrick, to get there. I had food in the car, so it wouldn't have been a good idea for me to transport him to the rescue's vet nearby. While waiting, I was able to walk right up to him and pet him/interact with him. Once at the vet, Lana with Duck Team 6 met us there, and took him inside. He'd been roaming the area for awhile, with several sightings around the area for several months ... As far as his age, I have no idea, but I don't think he's more than a few years.”
So there he was, captured, looked over by a vet and placed in the care of New Life IFS (Individual and Family Services).
Here’s how Deborah ended the story. “I cried last night when I found out that he was adopted, and had a forever home, which he so deserves!!!”
Yes, we know many a rescuer who keeps a tissue handy -- you can't do this stuff without a heart.
EPILOGUE OF BLESSINGS
Bless the rescuers. Bless the people who adopt the rescued. And bless the animals who teach us how deeply our hearts can feel.
Keep going, rescuers, you’re the people whose work leads to happiness and we all need the blessing of your heart-felt work.
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