AZ RESCUE, an organization I wrote about a couple of times recently, hosted their annual Adopter’s Picnic and Reunion yesterday. Hubby and I went because we are Adopter’s of the feisty and sweet King Lukas.
Thanks to Jennifer Berry and all the volunteers for hosting such a great day! It was a grand time reuniting with Lukas’s foster parents, and watching The Big L strut his stuff in his kingly robes.
Below are photos from the day:
by Janice Bressler
God made Adam, then Eve
for obvious reasons
and hoped they would love, honor, comfort each other
Seeing it would likely not last forever,
given Adam’s appetite for conquest,
and Eve’s hunger to converse,
God made Dog.
God gave Dog
the ability to love without speech
and delight in chasing things
without the need to catch or accumulate.
God gave Dog too
a fiercely loyal heart,
a quiet respect for human tears,
and an inclination to sleep curled up
at the foot of the bed.
We all know,
that Adam and Eve
deceived each other,
and so were banished from the Garden.
But remember, and give thanks:
because God is compassionate,
he sent Dog with them.
I am learning that mutual love is the most healing kind of love.
My spiritual director once caught me in the act of putting myself down for something, some inadequacy, some imperfection I had started digging at to get rid of. She asked me to imagine a baby bird sitting in a nest in my hands. She asked me to look at that baby bird and tell her what I saw.
“A baby bird,” was my response, but it wasn’t the answer to the question she was really asking.
“Is the bird imperfect?” she asked. “Is there something wrong with it?”
“No,” I replied. “Of course there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s a baby bird.”
“Then how come a baby bird can be born so perfectly the way it should be, but you can’t?”
I have sat with this image and embraced its lesson whenever I discover that I am…
My husband and I have a new reason for getting outside on September 14th, which is Worldwide Recess Day. We just adopted a new dog!
AZ R.E.S.C.U.E is an organization that rescues cats and dogs from the euthanasia list at the local pound. Our little guy came to them in very bad shape, in need of lots of medical attention, besides needing to be neutered. Three months later, he is shiny, happy, and hopefully ready for a life of love and adventure with his new bi-peds.
Thank you to Vicky and Phil, his foster parents, for taking such good care of “The Big Guy”, giving him the love and attention he needed, to be ready to meet a new family. Your strength, compassion, and blessing on the world are beyond measure. Without the commitment of organizations like AZ R.E.S.C.U.E and foster parents, we would not know the pleasure of feeling his particular warm paw pads press against our elbow as he sleeps next to us, or the belly laugh that bubbles out when he races to the couch and bounds into our laps. May you all experience the rich blessing that you give to others.