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I Want to Quit!

 

© 2016 Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation

I want to quit!

 

My health is bad. There are days I feel so terrible that I can
barely move. My phone bills are outrageous, and I could have
replaced my van with the funds I have spent these last 30
years---on animals that were not my own.

 

I want to quit!

 

I spend hours and hours emailing about dogs. There may be 500
messages when I start--and at 4 AM, when I finally shut down
the computer, there are still 500 emails to be read.

 

I want to quit!

 

Gosh, I haven't the time left to email my friends. I can't
remember the last book I read, and I gave up my subscription
to my local newspaper---I used to enjoy reading it, cover to
cover, but now it often ends up in the bottom of the
squirrel's cage---unread.

 

I want to quit!

 

I've spent days emailing what seems like everyone---trying to
find a foster home, help for a dog languishing in a
shelter---but his time has run out, and the shelter has had
to euthanize to make room for the next sad soul.

 

I want to quit!

 

I swear, I walk away from my computer to stretch my legs---let
the dogs out---and come back to find another dog in
desperate need. There are times I really dread checking my
email. How will I find the funds, the help, to save yet
another dog?

 

I want to quit!

 

I save one dog, and two more take its place. Now an owner who
doesn't want his dog---it won't stay in his unfenced yard. An intact
male wanders... This bitch got pregnant by a stray... This
3-month-old pup killed baby chicks... The dog got too big...
This person's moving and needs to give up his pet. I ask
you, friends---what town, what city, what state doesn't
allow you to own a pet?

 

I want to quit!

 

I just received another picture, another sad soul with
tormented eyes that peer out of a malnourished body. I hear
whimpering in my sleep, have nightmares for
days...

 

I want to quit!

 

I just got off the phone. "Are you [Kerry] Rescue? We want to
adopt a male to breed to our female." How many times do
I have to explain? I have tried to explain about genetics,
about health and pedigrees. I explain that rescue NEUTERS!
I usually end up sobbing, as I explain about the vast numbers
of animals dying in shelters across the country, as I
describe the condition many of these animals are found in. I
wonder if they really heard me...

 

I want to quit!

 

It is not like I don't have enough rescues of my own to
worry about---but others have placed dogs improperly and
aren't there to advise the new owners.

 

I want to quit!

 

I have trusted the wrong people--- had faith and heart
broken...

 

I want to quit!

 

AND THEN...

 

My dog, lays his head in my lap, he comforts me with his gentle
presence---and the thought of his cousins suffering stirs my heart.

 

I want to quit!

 

AND THEN...

 

One of those 500 emails is from an adopter. They are thanking me
for the most wonderful dog on earth---they cannot imagine
life with out their friend---their life is changed, and they
are so grateful.

 

I want to quit!

 

AND THEN...

 

One of my adopted Rescues has visited a nursing home. A patient
that has spent the last few years unable to communicate, not
connecting---Lifts his hand to pat the huge head in his lap,
softly speaks his first words in ages--- to this gentle
furchild.

 

I want to quit!

 

AND THEN...

 

A Good Samaritan has found and vetted a lost baby, "I
can't keep him, but I'll take care of him until you
find his forever home."

 

I want to quit!

 

AND THEN...

 

"Jamie took his first steps holding on to our [Kerry]."
"Joan, you should see this dog nursing this hurt kitten!"
"I was so sick, and this dog never left my side...

 

I want to quit!

 

AND THEN...

 

I get an email from a fellow rescuer, "Haven't heard
from you in a while---you OK? You know I think of you..."

 

AND THEN...

 

A dozen rescuers step up to help, to transport, to pull, and
to offer encouragement. I have friends I have never seen,
but we share tears, joys, and everything in between. I am
not alone. I am blessed with family of the heart, my fellow Rescuers.

 

Just days ago it was a friend who shared her wit and wisdom,
whose late night email lifted my heart. Sometimes it is
friends who only have time to forward you a smile. Often, it
is my friends who forward me the notices of dogs in need.

 

There are Rescuers who see a flailing transport and do everything
they can do find folks to pull it together for you. Rescuers
who'll overnight or foster your dog while you seek
transport. There are Rescuers not used to or comfortable
with your breed, but who put aside their discomfort to help.
There are Rescuers whose words play the music of our hearts.
Foster homes that love your Rescue, and help to make them
whole again---body and spirit. Foster homes that fit your
baby in, though it may not be their breed. Rescuers whose
talents and determination give us tools to help us. Rescuers
we call on for help in a thousand ways, who answer us, who
hear our pleas. Rescuers who are our family,
our strength, our comrades in battle.

 

I know I cannot save every dog in need. I know my efforts are
a mere drop in a sea. I know that if I take on just one
more---those I have will suffer.

 

I want to quit! But I won't.

 

When I feel overwhelmed, I'll stroke my dogs head while
reading my fellow Rescuers emails. I'll cry with them,
I'll laugh with them---and they will help me find the
strength to go on.

 

I want to quit! But not today.

There's another email, another dog needing Rescue.


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