Today while reading the September/October issue of the Humane Society (HSUS) magazine for members "all animals", I experienced a range of emotions from joy and laughter to horror and sadness. You might also experience these same emotions from the two posts I will share here now.
FOR THE LOVE OF A HORSE
You have got to think that the title "For the Love of a Horse" will certainly provoke a feeling of joy and gratitude. And it did for me. Eight-year old Lucie Bohnsak loves horses, and here she was pictured with a beautiful white horse and looking lovingly at him.
She so wanted to adopt a horse from the Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center at the Cleveland Armory Black Beauty Ranch in Texas. She also knew that she would have to meet certain requirements. And what were they? You would have to be 18; you would have to have a barn; you would need an acre of land or a farrier; and you would have to earn at least $25,000 a year. I laughed because even I, an octogenarian, couldn't meet these requirements. But of course, I also realized that the requirements were necessary in order to provide a good life for the horse.
Lucie, who lives in Connecticut, knew she didn't meet any of these requirements either, but undaunted, she would make her pitch. I believe she did this with the help of either her mother or her baby sitter.
Lucie then diligently filled out the adoption application. She listed her current employer as "second grade" and her babysitter and teachers as references. I think at this point it is when I enjoyed a good hearty laugh. What a wonderful little girl whom at the very least would try to convince the people at the Black Beauty Ranch of her ardent desire to adopt a horse.
Lucie sent in the application and $50 of her own money to cover the application fee. She also included a handwritten letter in which she wrote: "Please do not think my application is a joke...I feel in my heart that even if not this year, then one year I will provide a loving home for a horse."
Needless to say, staff members at the Black Beauty Ranch were touched by Lucie's sincerity. Director Ben Callison even called to discuss the adoption process with her. It was then that Lucie had to finally and sadly realize and she had to admit that she wasn't quite ready for a horse at this time.
But her disappointment gave way to excitement when Callison invited Lucie and her mom to visit the Texas ranch. She said of this invitation: "I felt like I was going to burst, I was so excited!"
And what a 2-day visit that turned out to be. Lucie helped groom and exercise horses, many of whom had been rescued from abuse and neglect. She also toured the sanctuary's 1,437 acres after which she remarked: "Black Beauty Ranch taught me that every animal should get a second chance."
Back home, Lucie even wrote a letter to the editor of "all animal" magazine encouraging people to help end horse slaughter. I hope she mentioned that the SAFE Act would do that. If you haven't written to your Congress person yet in this regard, I hope this little girl will inspire you to do so today.
Of Lucie's visit to Black Beauty Ranch, Director Ben Callison said that Lucie had reinvigorated the staff, and that it was wonderful to see a child who wants to make a difference for animals at such a young age.
Clearly, reading this post brought me JOY and LAUGHTER! Another picture in the magazine also did the same for me. It showed a jubilant GOLDEN TATE, a wide receiver for the Detroit Lions, with a huge smile on his face holding Rosie a rescued dog. Rosie had had a battered past and a case of heartworms. Tate and his girlfriend had agreed to foster Rosie. Somehow, I think that now during this football season I will be rooting for Tate and the Detroit Lions, even though I am a Cleveland Browns fan.
Now the emotions of HORROR AND DISGUST:
Here is a cautionary tale for anyone who thinks that a fur coat and cap, or a trinket covered in fur is a great buy. In this account in HSUS's "all animals" magazine, an article written by Karen E. Lange entitled "The Grisly Truth" one learns what happens to millions of innocent Raccoon dogs each year. There is a video on the internet for anyone who thinks they will be able to watch this horrific account of the barbaric treatment accorded to these innocent dogs.