|Posted by juliedee101 on September 9, 2012 at 11:25 PM||comments (2)|
Horse lovers know when the time comes to make that final decision on what is best for our ailing horse, it is an excruciating one, and is NEVER easy. We all lost two beautiful horses this month, Horseshoe Butt, and Clever.
Both decisions were made out of love for the horses, and the realization that their quality of life was no longer there. We all mourn their loss and will always keep them in our hearts.
It is with admiration and respect that I make this statement...Thank you on behalf of all of us who will someday face this same tough, heartbreaking decision. You have shown that, even though we never want to say goodbye to our beautiful pets, sometime we have no choice. So, be assured that all of us know how hard that decision was, and all of us hold you in our hearts with love and respect. You have show us what it takes to be brave, and how to make that final decision with love and grace.
Also, I want to thank Paul for the kind, caring, and respectful way that he set these horses spirits free. "When the going gets tough, the tough get going!" Nothing can be more heartwrenching than to free a horse from it's pain and suffering. It takes a very special person to perform under such pressure. Hats off to you, Paul. You are that very special person. Thank you for helping us with this final decision and for being the good man you are.
To see photos of these two beautiful horses, click on the "Rainbow Bridge" link. They gave us love and made us proud.
|Posted by juliedee101 on July 9, 2012 at 12:35 PM||comments (4)|
Living in the world of equine rescue is such an awakening. There are so many uplifting moments, like when you take in a horse that is so emaciated you don't know how it is still standing, and you bring that horse back to health and vitality. The ultimate is when you witness that horse choose it's forever human soul-mate. I have seen this dozens of times now and it never loses it's magic.
Then there is the satisfaction of knowing that horses left to die in the desert, with no adequate food supply or water source, with strangles and other illnesses, were rescued a month ago and are now rehabilitating here at the Rescue, recovering from their illnesses, putting on weight, becoming used to a human's touch, and beginning to trust people. Anyway, all of my ramblings aside, Rescuing these horses is my lifes passion...Making sure they have long, happy, safe lives is my goal...
This being said, I have to continue to do the thing that is the hardest for me and that is ask for all of you who visit, and appreciate our website, take a minute and think of ways you can help our horses. It is not helping me, or the other people here at DreamCatchers, it is helping the horses. We put our hearts and souls and most of our personal income into saving and caring for these wonderful animals. With the drought and economy today, we have nearly 150 rescue horses to care for, feed, vaccinate, train, etc. and will probably take in more.
We are also trying to do our part for other rescues. Most people who are here on a regular basis know we take in horses all the time. With the recent Waldo Canyon wildfire, we took in horses, on a temporary basis, until their owners are able to find a new, permanent home.. They are not here permanently, they are visiting, being babysat, fed, and cared for.
We make many trips to pick up horses from another rescues and from personal, private owners, who need to downsize their horse rescue program or thin out their personal herd.. We have helped people when they are having difficulty financially, or are losing their property and have been saddled with the burden of finding a safe haven for their horses. We have a better chance at finding homes for these horses. I was blessed years ago to meet one rescue horses in particular...he is my little Skylar's 3 yr old brother...also a Paso Fino and is beautiful.
Give what you can, be it money, feed, your time, or your experience...I guarantee that you will get more than you give if you hang out here for very long.
Thanks to all our wonderful supporters and volunteers.
DreamCatchers Equine Rescue