Think big thoughts but relish in small pleasures.
As a dog rescuer, I want to save them all. However this is
not possible. That realization alone is the single most
frustrating part of spending all your spare time rescuing,
rehabilitating and rehoming dogs in need.
To keep going, you need to reframe your thoughts to celebrate
the victories that we work so hard for.
Here are some of my small pleasures recently:
Seeing Subway comfortable in front of a fireplace in the cold of
winter when he has never before known the warmth of a home.
It makes me smile to know that by participating in his rescue,
intake and placement he is now in a home where he will be forever
without a care from the cold.
Seeing a promise through that Harold the stray dog would find a
better life. The fellow that had been feeding Harold cared so
deeply for the dog that he helped us capture him and sent him along
with us to live furever with creature comforts.
To pet Henrietta. Upon rescue, Henrietta was so afraid
that she was unresponsive. She spent the first period of time
in her foster home observing the world around her, but not
interacting with it. Her foster parents are working daily
with her to increase her confidence and it is definitely
working. She is beginning to understand that human touch can
be soft and comforting instead of scary.
Having the opportunity to update hart's display materials so
that we can keep spreading the word about dogs in need and how
everybody can make a difference.
When the demands of life start adding up, or the demands of
volunteering in dog rescue begin to mount, remember to take a
breath and relish in what your efforts have