A New Tradition

I’d like to start first, by wishing you all a wonderful Christmas, and an even better and prosperous new year. As I say goodbye to 2016, I’m forced to look back at things I could have done better. At the risk of being a bit hard on myself, I might go as far to say, I know better. Many of you have seen me lately at my worst, with the two dogs that I took upon myself, to find homes for. First, I’d like to thank my nephew Lee, for caring for Ginger at a time I could no longer keep her in my apartment.  As of this moment, Ginger is now being fostered in Abiquiu, NM, by a lovely woman named, Janine, who was working with Donna Leshne from Dew Paws Rescue in Santa Fe, NM.

What started this mess, was the way the situation was mishandled by family members I would have never expected. I see it as throwing Ginger, and Lovey away – they see it as ‘we can’t take care of them anymore’. I know things happen, and life moves us in different directions, and that life in fact, is unpredictable. This however was not the case with Ginger, and Lovey. And so I am stuck with own inability to forgive and move forward. I’m stuck in this strange place of seeing my own pain, disappointments, and betrayals, and am forced to look deep into the chaos. As I do this, I don’t want to open up at the moment. I don’t feel like spending Christmas with family. Lovey, pictured at the left, is still with me and my other two fur-babies, Benji and Azra (pictured at the right).

Part of the magic this time of year, is to extend oneself and offer gifts of friendship, love, support, and kindness, that we normally forget to do during the rest of the year. I  see this as a new opportunity to grow and do something different.

And so, on behalf of Ana Maria, and Marissa Sol Martinez, my two nieces who live in Denver, CO, thank you for giving $40, in presents to Josiah, age 11, and his sister, Shyrae, 7, during this difficult time. Their mother had 3 strokes and almost lost her life. She had to learn to talk again. Her mother Anita moved in to assist her and then on December 10, Anita suffered an aneurism. She went into surgery shortly after to drain fluid from her brain. Anita suffered two massive strokes and was put on life support. Unfortunately, she didn’t make it. Due to the financial hardship the family is now experiencing, Josiah, and Shyrae, were not going to have a Christmas. No presents under the tree. But now, they will – thank you Ana, and Marissa!

I will be spending Christmas not with my family, but rather allowing myself to be a conduit for God’s purpose. I will stop here for now, as I prepare to give out $5 gift cards from McDonald’s, to anyone who appears to need it. This could happen on a  street, at a bus stop, at folks sitting on street corners, or???…

And so I do hope that in this state I’m in – the only thing that can come of it, is good. Not the expression of anger, pain, or disappointment that is useless during times like these. And so I go forth now to take care of myself, and those people who are in need.

Many blessings folks, and give the gift that keeps on giving – generosity.

Sandi

Little bits of love

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Hi, I’m Benji. I’m the one on the floor chewing on my toy. The other two on the couch are Lovey (left), and Azra. They kinda blend into the cushions. So, a little about me: I’m a rescue. A lovely young woman by the name of Jenna, rescued me on a busy street in Santa Fe, NM. From there, I spent a bit of time in one amazing home, and then found myself here with my new human, Sandi.  I was infested with fleas, ticks, and had matted hair, was skinny, hungry, scared, and so relieved when Jenna found me. I can’t really, no I don’t want to talk about my previous living arrangements. Let bygone’s be bygone’s. I’m happy now, and have a wonderful little companion with a big heart, and bark. Azra was also rescued literally, by Sandi. She was walking across a busy road where road-kill is abundant, and thankfully Sandi came just in time… she stopped, and picked up Azra, and never let her go.

As for Lovey, well, we are trying to find her a home. She and her friend Ginger (a Jack Russell terrier) both lived on 4-acres with plenty of room to run around. Their humans have gotten to a place of not being able to care for them. They call this ‘old age’. And so Lovey has been hanging out with me and Azra. I like her, and I know Azra is familiar with her already, since she and Ginger came from Sandi’s parent’s. Sandi has been sad and mad. She doesn’t agree with how the whole thing was handled, but me? Well, my opinion is that you can’t tell the future. I was in big trouble, and a wonderful human rescued me. So why can’t this happen for Ginger and Lovey?

Humans use this word, ‘miracle’ often. Well, it was a miracle that I ended up with Azra and Sandi, so I believe that Lovey and Ginger will both end up in very nice homes, with very nice humans. Are you them? Let DewPaws at infodewpaws@gmail.com know you are the one(s).

From a rescue’s perspective, there is nothing more beautiful in life, than to have a human love and care for you – I think this is true for humans too.

Many blessings from Benji, Azra, Lovey, and Ginger… oh, and from my human, Sandi 🙂