Thursday, September 25, 2008

My Birthday & the MDGs

September 25, 2008 -

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So, did I get your attention? The Millennium Development Goals were signed by every nation belonging to the United Nations in 1990. They outline a very ambitious plan to reduce poverty & hunger, increase education, empower women, decrease child mortality, decrease HIV/AIDS and malaria, increase maternal health, environmental sustainability and global partnership. Guess which very rich country has NEVER met its pledged goal? Sad to say, the US of A, among others :(.


Please join with me today, on my 55th birthday, in prayer for an end to extreme poverty (defined as living on less than $1/day), fasting (miss one meal in remembrance of those billion who go to bed hungry every night - and donate the cost of that meal to a local food bank or global charity you trust) and witness (participate in an online advocacy action promoting our government's fulfilling its promises to achieve the Millennium Development Goals).

As a Christian and a practicing Episcopalian, my resource is http://www.e4gr.org/sept25.html. Your faith community and certainly the UN also have resources to help you know more about the MDGs (I always forget the D is for development!) and what you as a citizen can be doing.

Part of the mission of Silverwalk Hounds is to enhance the environment as well as find homes and offer sanctuary to homeless dogs. Focusing on the MDGs is a major means of enhancing the environment on a global scale. What can I do? Check out the link above or go to http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals. But please, ACT - the time set for the accomplishment of most of these goals is 2015 and we are lagging way behind.

If this bestirs anyone to seek out understanding of the goals and to act on their behalf, I will have received a most wonderful birthday present! Thank you and God bless.

Peace,
Roberta "Bobbie" Beach

Silverwalk is a small, private, licensed dog sanctuary in Cape Girardeau County, MO. It specializes in Beagles, other hounds, and senior, special needs dogs. There are always dogs needing adoption and sponsorship. Please see our website for more information about Silverwalk and our dogs needing homes

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Unexpected Blessings

Silverwalk is a small, private, licensed dog sanctuary in Cape Girardeau County, MO. It specializes in Beagles, other hounds, and senior, special needs dogs. There are always dogs needing adoption and sponsorship. Please see our website for more information about Silverwalk and our dogs needing homes.

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008 -

Yesterday I had Shiloh with me at one of my favorite coffee shops. He had been out wandering around (he is a fence jumper and no longer is responsive to his electronic collar). So, on my way to do errands, I met him and brought him with me. The coffee/bread shop has a lovely outside terrace. The day was beautiful, a perfect day to sit outside and let a rescue dog in need of a home get more socialization.

Shiloh did GOOD :). Not only did many people pet him but we met Sarah, who wished she had a house so she could adopt him. Sarah is a student at Southeast Missouri University (SEMO). I suggested to her, if she needed a dog fix, I could use someone to help walk the dogs as it is hard for me to do so with so many. WELL, Sarah turned into a fairy dogmother! She not only loved the idea but shared it with her sorority sisters, five of whom came out today to walk dogs and be gently reminded of the dogs they have at home or in one case, of a neighbor's dog. We all had a wonderful time: Shiloh, Ollie, Mimi, Rosie and one other who escapes me walked with the students. I took Scout with me as he needed a bit firmer leash walk.

Sarah and Nicole (?) plan to be out tomorrow again, with others who were not able to make it today, about 4-5 PM for more dog walking. Hopefully, Farrah, Victor and others will be able to go then. They have given us a blessing in the personal attn they are able to give to the dogs as they walk them individually and in a group. I am most grateful and hope we can set up an almost regular schedule of dog walking. Good for all our hearts, human and canine.

Thanks, ladies! See you tomorrow!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Little Pieces


Sept. 21, 2008 -

Scout went on a home visit yesterday. He and the girls did well but his prospective adopter was not sure; he respects what he has w/his girls too much to rush into adding another dog. We had a wonderful day, Scout had at the very least some super socialization time and we feel we now have a new friend. Thanks, Mike!



Pull out your Kleenexes - the following story is for all those especially who foster (thank you, thank you) as well as those who foster and rescue (moi); on a tough day, it reminds me of why I am doing what I am doing, however crazy it may seem to people.



Little Pieces
by Grace Saalsaa (Written for those who foster)

Melissa sat on the floor, unable to sit straight and tall like her mother had always admonished her to do when she was a child. Today, it would be impossible. And tomorrow... it probably wouldn't be possible then either. Her mind was too busy thinking about the dog that lay across her lap.

When he came to be with her, he had no name. She remembered that day very well. The first sight of him was enough to break her heart into little pieces.

The woman, who had taken this dog from the rough streets where he had lived, had tried to save him because she was unable to watch this young dog find his own food in a dumpster outside the crack house where he lived. Nobody cared that he was gone.

His fur was very thick; so thick that she had to wiggle her fingers down to feel his bony body. And as she pulled her fingers away again, they were coated in old dirt. Black and white, he was supposed to be. But on that day he was beige and dust.

He sat in the back of her car panting continuously, ears laid outward for he had lost his courage and couldn't keep them proud and tall. He sat motionless, waiting and limp.

But the thing that was the most disturbing was the look in his eyes. They were quiet eyes, sunken into his head - and they watched her. They were alive with thought. He was waiting for her to do something 'to' him.

Little did he know at the time that, instead, she would 'give' something to him. She gave him one of the little broken pieces of her heart.

She reached out to stroke his head and he instinctively squinched his eyes shut and dropped his head, waiting for the heavy hand. With that little bit of movement she gave him another one of the broken pieces of her heart.

She took him home and gave him a bath. She toweled him dry and brushed some order back into his coat. For that, he was grateful and even though his own heart was loaded with worms, he accepted yet another piece of her heart, for it would help to heal his own.

'Would you like some water, big boy?' She whispered to him as she set down a large bowl of cold well water. He drank it up happily. He had been dehydrated for a long time and she knew it would take him most of the week to re-hydrate.

He wanted more water - but it was gone. Ah... that's how it is, he thought to himself. But he was grateful for what he had been able to get. 'Would you like some more?' and she gave him another bowl along with another little piece of her heart.

'I know that you are hungry. You don't have to find your own food anymore. Here's a big bowl of good food for you. I've added some warm water and a little piece of my heart.'

Over the four months that he stayed with her, his health improved. The heart full of worms was replaced piece by piece with little bits of her loving heart. And each little piece worked a very special kind of magic.

When the warmth of love and gentle caresses are added, the little broken pieces knit together again and heal the container it resides in. That container becomes whole again.

She watched each little broken piece fill a gap in the gentle dog until his quiet eyes radiated the light from the little pieces. You see, kind words gently spoken turn the little pieces into illumination for the spirit that resides within.

He rested beside her, happy to be with her always. Never had he known such kindness, such gentle caresses; such love. His health had returned, his spirit was playful as a young dog's should be and he had learned about love.

Now his heart was full. The healing was complete. It was time to go. There was another person who had another heart that was meant to be shared with him.

So she sat shapeless on the floor because all the broken pieces of her heart were with the dog. It is difficult to sit tall when your heart is not with you. She wrapped her arms around the dog that sat with tall, proud ears for her. Lean on me, he said.

And she gave him one last thing that would keep him strong; that would keep the pieces of her heart together long after he had gone on to live his new life. She gave him her tears and bound them to the pieces with a simple statement made from the ribbons of her heart.

'I love you, Joe.'

And Joe lived happily ever after.

Melissa sat on the floor, straight and tall like her mother had always admonished her to do when she was a child. Today, it would be possible. And tomorrow... it probably would be possible too. Because her mind was busy thinking about this, the next dog that lay across her lap.

Where did she get the heart to help yet another dog, you ask?

Ahhh... it came with the dog. They always bring a little bit of heart with them. And when the rescuer breathes in that little bit of heart, it quickly grows and fills the void left by the last dog.


Thank you, Melanie, for sharing this w/us.

Enjoy autumn and remember the dogs who need homes before winter and supplies if not homes.

Peace,
Roberta "Bobbie"


Silverwalk is a small, private, licensed dog sanctuary in Cape Girardeau County, MO. It specializes in Beagles, other hounds, and senior, special needs dogs. There are always dogs needing adoption and sponsorship. Please see our website for more information about Silverwalk and our dogs needing homes

Saturday, September 6, 2008

September - Autumn is here!

Simple question to gauge the use of this blog: is anyone reading it? Please let me know. If you are getting enough information from the Petfinder site, let me know that, too.

Thank you! e-mail is silverwalkhounds@yahoo.com.

Peace,
Roberta "Bobbie" Beach


Silverwalk is a small, private, licensed dog sanctuary in Cape Girardeau County, MO. It specializes in Beagles, other hounds, and senior, special needs dogs. There are always dogs needing adoption and sponsorship. Please see our website for more information about Silverwalk and our dogs needing homes