You knew when you read the title of my blog that I'm an animal nut. But did you know that I once drove to work drowning in guilt because I left them, sitting there, vulnerable, hungry and alone, went to my boss in tears, asked her if I could please leave, drove back home, picked up four teeny abandoned baby birds in my yard, drove them to a bird sanctuary, then drove back to work? Guilt is a powerful force. All I could imagine as I drove to work after checking on them that morning were these little mouths, wide open, begging for someone to feed them and wondering where their mom was. The day before, some kids in the neighborhood thought it would be funny to take them out of their nest. (I let them have it in a scary kind of way.)
That was the first time I knew I was an animal nut - when my boss (a woman, thankfully) looked at me like I was nuts but let me go anyway. Please, go do what you have to do. A blubbering employee worried about nature was not going to be very productive. I came back, and I felt much better.
Something happened to me after becoming a mother. I'm not sure what it was, but fierce is a word that comes to mind; protective, another. After my baby grew up and no longer needed me like he used to, I simply transferred my love for helpless beings onto animals. And it made me nuts. What can I say.
Pics I took when I walked KC the other day in our neighborhood...
This tree looked to me like a butt with two legs up in the air. I don't know...
My dad with some of the dogs from Canine Companions - an organization that provides guide dogs to help people with disabilities to live independently - which he is involved with...
He and Trudy put their name on the list for a "reject" (a dog that doesn't quite cut it as a guide dog but is still highly desirable as a pet because it is completely trained).
I'm addicted to Greek Gods honey-flavored yogurt. It's like eating ice cream.
I love the name Brooklyn Decker. I don't know why, I just think it's so cute. She is a model who recently married tennis player Andy Roddick.
I also love the name Slater for a boy.
"One hundred percent of the shots you don't take don't go in." Wayne Gretzky
"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else." Booker T. Washington (check out http://www.helpothers.org/ for inspiring stories and ways to help others)
"No one is more cherished in this world than he who lightens the burden of another." Unknown