I deal with death on a regular basis. I have for a long time now. It was right before I began the shelter project that I ever saw a life end in front of me.. I was driving on a highway and saw a dog standing by its fallen friend along side the road. Of course I stopped. I walked over to the fallen dog and I put my hand on its side and I knew it was alive- but, only for a moment. I looked into its eyes- it looked back- wagged its tail and then left the world. Although it was so sad, I had a strange sense of peace in that I was able to be there for the poor little dog's last moment. Weeks later, I saw a horrific accident along the same stretch of highway. The man's car flipped and crashed into a tree right by the cabin I lived in. I saw the car fly through the air - the horrible sound.. and when I got the car I didn't know what to do- the mans car was a heap of twisted metal around a large tree and he was pinned. People stopped - we all stood along the highway calling 911 asking what to do.. what to do. A neighbor climbed into the mess and touched the young man and talked to him .. the rescue people arrived and worked to remove him from the car, I suddenly felt that same sense of peace that I had felt with the dog.. and then I looked around and saw the rescue people shaking their heads.. and I knew he was gone.
|Matisse relaxing on the bed|
|This is one of the hopeful ones that never made it out|
|One of the many dogs going to safety with Florida Poodle Rescue- notice the large tumor on this poor girl. She is now cleaned up and getting the medical care, love, and care that she needs.|
I deal with death on a regular basis, but I also deal with peace, hope, and life....I just need to remind myself of that sometimes.
|Unloading the special cargo|
|Pilot Jeff Bennett bringing one of the passengers to the transport van|