All of God's Creatures  

rm_bucfannn 61M/60F
1805 posts
3/3/2006 7:53 am

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All of God's Creatures

I do not consider myself to be a do-gooder, but, I will not turn away from those in need, and that, (especially), includes the members of the animal kingdom. I have been known to stop traffic on a busy 6 lane road to save a turtle and/or tortise, (more than once). I threatened to kick a construction workers butt for wanting to kill a young eastern diamondback rattlesnake, (the said snake was just trying to get away from the vibrations of the heavy machinery). I almost got a finger bitten off saving an alligator snapping turtle, and a week later, in the same spot, I scooped up a lost ferret. And, of course, I've rescued countless cats and dogs, (my own pets are rescues).

Today was no different. I have always thought that I am always in the right, (or is that wrong?), place at the right time. I was sitting in my car, reading, in the parking lot adjacent to the macs I go to for coffee in the morning. I heard a thud, but, didn't pay a lot of attention, as it was not a loud sound, nor did it register in my brain. A few minutes later, an elderly woman came up to my car and said, "I wonder who can help that little birdie?"

Birdie? What birdie? Jeez, not more than three feet from my car, lay a broken adult seagull. His left wing horribly mangled. Obviously in pain, he kept trying to right himself, but kept flopping over with each try. I couldn't just let him lay there and die. I just couldn't live with myself. I always have a towel or two in my car, (I've learned), so talking softly, I managed to get within inches. He struggled just a bit, as I covered him. I think he knew I was there to help. I gingerly lifted him, and placed him in a large shopping bag I had found in the trunk. Tears rolling down my face, I drove to my vet's office. The entire time, this seagull kept looking at me. Never struggled, never made a sound. He knew.

I walked into the vet's office still bawling. They all know me there, so, it's not been an uncommon sight throughout the years. One of the receptionists gently took the bag from me, and brought it to the back. While I waited, one of the vets assessed the poor creature. They would have tried to save him, if the injuries were not as serious as they were... but, as I knew, he was very badly injured, and the kindest thing, would be to let him go.

Dear sweet innocent seagull. When you awaken, you will be in a beautiful place. No one will ever hurt you again. While you wait at the Bridge for me, please say hello to all my babies that also await my arrival...


Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...

Tone_33756 55M

3/3/2006 9:18 am

I've lost count on how many trips I've made to the Seabird Sancuary - and how many turtles I run into the steets for.

You did the right thing - that's the bottom line. No animal needs to suffer.

sassybelle21 32F
13313 posts
3/3/2006 9:21 am

My sister always helps stray animals and send them to the local SPCA

AltumHunksUnite 53M

3/3/2006 9:35 am

Bravo to you for doing the compassionate thing.

Let me drive. I like the view

softnlush 53F

3/4/2006 5:45 pm

oh boy girlie I am the same way..I remember a long time ago walking home from the train after getting home from work and seeing a bunch of kids with sticks and various makeshift weapons swatting at something near a garbage dumpster and I walked over to see a little kitten cowering just out of reach but unable to get to the other side of the dumpster since it was flush to the wall..I went in front of the those brats and scooped up the kitten,sharing what I thought of them (very un adult like but they were holy terrors in the neighborhood) and I ended up walking to my mom's apartment (a block from where I lived),this tiny thing shivering in my coat and mewing.

My mom opens the door and sees me and say's.."been a long time since you brought home a stray" and reminded me she had 2 dogs and a rescued cat and her new born kittens and it would probably not be wise to leave the kitten with I brought her to my place(I lived with my boyfriends sister at the time and no pets allowed)..finally after many phone calls my boyfriends manager took her..I have in my youth found chicks that fell out of their nest,unfortunatly tried my best to save it,ultimately had to bury it in the nice neighbor's yard..I found a whole litter of newborn kittens that some human feces threw in a junk yard and spent many nights with my mom bottle feeding them and when they were old enough,gave them away to classmates...I have caused scenes when I saw an animal being abused by it's owner,calling the police if I had to.

They cannot defend themselves like we can,but remember they are flesh and blood and bones just like we are,when someone hurts them they feel it worse,then if we were the ones hurt..if it is their owners who do the hurting,they love them anyway and forgive,more than we can ever do as humans.

I have NO tolerance for abuse of animals or any way,shape or form..NO tolerance. Good on you girlie..I am glad to know perhaps we are not so few..the animal lovers.

softnlush 53F

3/4/2006 5:46 pm

By the way..nothing wrong with being a do gooder..and you my friend,are.

oldman1776 78M
3164 posts
3/7/2006 11:57 am

Sounds a lot like me I would probably wrech my car before I would run over any animal. I've taken in alot of hurt animals and nursed them back to health.

There are a lot of things people could learn from animals if they would.

asianXcaucasian 55M
108 posts
3/15/2006 12:01 am

Earlier this evening, I was driving on Memphis' busiest interstate to catch the Grizzlies game and had to tromp on the brakes to avoid hitting a BEAVER!!! It got across safely, but you could see in it's face he (or she) was confused. . .it really didn't have anywhere to go because the side it was on was nothing but an industrial area. . .Hope it somehow makes it back to the other side again okay, but I doubt it--that highway is humming with traffic constantly! Urban sprawl is spreading at an alarming rate. . .

Animals are way cool. . .just ask my two cats, Peppy and Big Al. They both will tell you that Animals are numero uno, especially [in their opinion] cats. You can see a pic of Peppy on my pitiful blog. . .she's on top of the Kingsnake [aka Tone_33756]. Peppy and Big Al were both excited to be in Memphis' paper the other day, showing off their new kitty beds they got for Christmas!

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