Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Simply Kind Tuesdays

OK, I got the picture, "The Morning Meeting" is coming out Tuesday evening. It's all Claudia H. Christian of On A Limb With Claudia's fault, not mine. Let me be clear here, I am not accepting any responsibility here, this is all Claudia's thing, she is a really kind person. If you have never read her blog, you should try it. This Tuesday's post was on why it was so difficult to be kind. She mentioned a koala bear baby that was abandoned by its mother after a fire in Australia. She had me right there. I really aggravate over what has happened to animals at the hands of some humans.

I know several people who are actively involved in rescuing animals. If you read this blog you may have noticed me mentioning my good friend, buddy, pal Tiffany, ace Physical Therapist. She is the one who is running the silent auction for Heartland Horse Heroes whose mission is to provide and support equestrian activities for individuals who have mental, physical, emotional, social challenges or learning disabling conditions. She also rescues dogs and cats on a regular basis and finds homes for the animals after getting them healthy.

Judy works with a guy named John who lives in Bethesda, and regularly has several families of mothers and kittens in his house. I give him money when I see him, beside the shelter that 5 minutes from the house. This doesn't make me kind, it makes me charitable.

If you really want to see kindness, below are some pictures from a woman who is a professional photographer in Philadelphia named Melissa McDaniel. You can see her name in the photos I took from her blog, The Photo Book Projects

Please understand, I don't know this woman, and she doesn't know me. She photographs rescue dogs, dogs that are deaf, rescued dogs, and more. It is well worth reading her blog. One of the things she wrote was "I'm a photographer, traveler, and writer with an animal rescue problem...". That wasn't on her blog, but you get the idea. She also donates 20% of her earnings to the small shelters who need the money the most, as she explains.

You should easily be able to tell the difference between her photographs and mine. I haven't photographed a dog since the last time I visited Tiffany in May of '08. I think Pooh King and I were trying to share a piece of bacon.

If you look into the eyes of the dog above, you know that it is a sentient being that deserves a great home with enormous amounts of love. If you read my good buddy, friend, pal Heather's blog The Phoenix Hearse, you will run into her dog Laney, a beautiful Great Dane who could put his paws on my shoulders and explain to me what kind of treats he expected. The two of them have an incredibly close relationship.

Jake came from the Last Chance Shelter, and so did Grace. If or when you're thinking of living with an animal, think of rescuing an animal from a shelter. Go read about shelter animals at Melissa McDaniel's site. Learn a little about kindness from Claudia, who seems to know some of the most incredible people. Meanwhile, Jake has learn how to unplug electric cords from the wall. I'd better get this posted.

Have a great day. And try to be kind, whether it's Tuesday or not. And if you are, let Claudia know, please.


katherine. said...

my friends had to put their dog to sleep last year and have been "fostering" dogs ever since. They pick them out at Animal Services, who provide all the shots and other medical needs. They also provide food if you want them to.

The only tough part is when the dogs get adopted...but they love seeing them go to good homes..and then they get another one...

The CEO said...

Hi Katherine, it's really good seeing you. You have really nice friends. That's a wonderful thing to do! Too many animals, not enough folks like your friends. I ought to look into that myself.

Poleminx said...

Hello just wanted to drop by and say thanks for your comment on my (other) blog

The CEO said...

Hi Poleminx, welcome to my blog. You're always welcome here, and I hope to see you again soon.

Claudia said...

Thanks so much for adding a little kindness to the world. We need it so desperately now!


PhoenixHearse said...

First, Laney would like to give you hugs and kisses for the shout out. She's especially good at the hugs.

I was on petfinder.com yesterday looking with sad eyes at all the Great Danes to be rescued. I want so badly to bring one home, but alas I know that it's not a responsible decision right now. So I'll have to save my love for later until I can make a proper home for a new little (big) baby.

Pamela said...

Oh, I'm so in love with Jake. He's so handsome and smart and generally likable. As long as I don't have to live with him, that is.

Mel said...

Angels touch lives, unaware.

Isn't that just how they're made.

It's good when they get a bit of PR from folks like you, Monty.
Bless your heart....and theirs.

Sadly, we have an allergic mister--but we have Thammy the Thnake. And gosh, if the Brit didn't have him he'd be watching television alone!


Good people doing good things. There just ain't enough of that getting air time!

*sending warm thoughts*

Brook said...

How did it get to be Thursday already? I always think about fostering dogs or cats but Big Daddy D doesn't feel quite the same. Discretion being the better part of valor I try to give money-but usually food and kennel blankets to the local shelter. I wish more people would be resonsible about spaying and neutering their pets-especially as they are often the first to suffer when money gets tight. Opal is the first pet(aside from my perpetual kitchen fishand occasional hamster)that did not come from the shelter or a rescue group. I need coffee.

The CEO said...

Hi Claudia, this is for the koala bear {{{{{ Claudia }}}}}

Hi Heather, one day Laney and you will both have another Great Dane to play with. Until then, at least you have each other!! Rock on.

Hi Pam, we clearly aren't training him right. We need to figure that out. Got any suggestions? Send e mail.

Hi Mel, you never have to worry about acts of kindness, you are a walking act of kindness, to me if to no one else, and I'd never believe that for a moment. You also have Studley, and that's a huge animal to deal with, so don't sell yourself short.

Hi Brook, goldfish need love too! It's more an attitude, one of respect for other living things, a willingness to share, and be vulnerable to these critters, to be kind. I picked on animals, kindness is the real issue. You have always seemed to be really kind, at least to me.

Pamela said...

I think you like Jake just the way he is...

Nutcracker Sweet 54 said...

Hi CEO: I love the animal rescue stories, I wish my sis Wicked H would rescue a golden retriever. Since she lost Dexter a small part of her has left with him. This would be a great time since alot of animal shelters are full to the brim in our latest economic times. I also wanted to thank you for your well wishes. I am feeling better and am back to work trying to helping others. Thanks again.

The CEO said...

Hi NS54, I'm working on your sister, really I am. And it's great to hear you're back to work. I do hope we get to meet sometime, I'm looking forward to it.