Well here's my first post.... we shall see if we can squeak out a thought or 2 in the wee hours of the night. Between the cage cleaning, the household chores, the feeding, and getting each animal taken care of - will I have time to share an idea, a musing that slips into my head as I tuck the last creature in for the night?
Its 1 am, still 78F, I make my last walk around the rescue, checking each animal under my care. Making sure each has fresh, water, their dinners have been eaten long ago, so I make sure the dishes are cleaned out and I check to see if there's enough bedding for slumber and all the enclosures are secure. To you.... it may sound like a terrible long day, it may seem like the never ending chores here - you are comfy in bed in the land of nod in your cool homes and the thought of a night walk in the heat does not sound like fun to you at all. But I have a secret.... it may be work, I may be tired, but these animals that I have been chosen to care for give me so much in the quiet of night. Albert gives me a very low mooo letting me know I am his friend. Little red, the Red Squirrel sticks his head out to watch me pass and I smile at his sweet face. The baby raccoons are playing in their pools, 2 more months of a care free existence - before nature decides their fate, but for now I will smile as I see them play not noticing me. The foxes give me a frightful scare as they scream just as almost get lost in my thoughts. The pigs and goats are in a deep sleep, not even noticing me watch and check their waters. The horses walk quietly along the fence line wondering if I might have an apple as the donkeys nibble on the last of the dinner hay. No this is not work, this is perfection. I am allowed to see animals just being animals. They are not here to serve me, or entertain me, the just are.... and I am part of their life just like they are part of mine. I turn the lights out now. Sleep calls me and at 5:30 am I will be ready with my coffee to start this all again. I may be tired, but I am blessed. Good night.