What a great way to start the weekend! We raised nearly $1000 for the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA! But our fun didn’t end there. We took a 3-plus mile walk on a sunny day in Tempe, Arizona around Tempe Town Lake with hundreds (thousands?) of others interested in raising money for this excellent no-kill animal shelter. Plus, we got to see lots and lots of adorable dogs! Life doesn’t get much better than that.
For all that fun and goodness, I want to thank the people who sponsored us on this walk! Because of you, our team of three brought in a boatload of cash for an excellent cause. All the money goes toward all the upkeep it takes for caring for rescued animals: medical expenses, building maintenance, food, supplies, you name it! It’s not cheap to keep the animals safe and healthy, but you all DID IT!…
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.
With thanks to Jennifer Berry and all those at RESCUE for putting your passion to work for the sake of others. Your work saves the lives of thousands of animals and brings fullness to the people who adopt them. Without you, there would be far less joy in the world and far more sadness. I know, because my own life was less complete without the joy of knowing Lukas.
Jennifer Berry arrives at the Maricopa County Animal Shelter filled with dread. It is August and, even at 8:30 in the morning, the temperatures are close to 100. She opens the door of her van and, as she steps out, is hit by the heat like the blast from an oven door. Her thoughts go immediately to the dogs and cats inside the shelter. If it’s hot outside, it means the animals are hot too. If it’s cold, so are they. And if there was a thunderstorm the night before, she knows the animals will have been terrified the entire night, with no one to comfort them.
She looks at the building in front of her. A sprawling, one-story cement structure painted surprisingly cheerful oranges and blues. Lining out the door are people with dogs panting on leashes or cats meowing in cages. She does not know whether the people…
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.