Why Dogs With Heart?
This is why. This forsaken dog off the side of the road I met yesterday on the way to somewhere else. Treatment is coming, and though it may be far too late, love might at least hold her on her way to what comes next.
Are they everywhere? Yes. So much so that many do not see them anymore. Cannot see them, as to hold so much suffering—without any way to help alleviate it—deadens the human heart.
So that is why Dogs With Heart—a costly, time consuming, heartbreaking, health jeopardizing, and difficult project—refuses to turn away, even when the help is never enough, and the resources always too few. To sleep in peace knowing their suffering is acute and prolonged is simply impossible.
feel the cautious support from people here, and also sense their dismay, their feelings that such a project is futile in the face of it all. I am such an impatient person (not my best quality), and so much needs to happen (funding for sterilization and education, on top of the obvious immediate needs of nutritional support/safe shelter/medical intervention), that I pace up and down the rock behind my room until I can actually sit and meditate to realign enough to get back to work. I remain forever grateful that the presence of Spirit is much stronger, and more active, than the presence of my sorrow and worry.
“Bless the beasts and the children
For in this world, they have no choice
They have no voice.
Light their way
When the darkness surrounds them.
Give them love,
Let it shine, all around them.”
To a kinder world for us all, filled with Compassionate Action, most especially for the innocent ones, the “beasts and the children”.
Working alongside the Department of Wildlife Conservation, we spent a rather amazing day in the world of tracking/darting/treating a wild elephant in need of veterinary intervention. It is an honor, in every sense of the word, to learn and serve with these fine people, all working so hard to keep Sri Lanka’s elephants wild…And safe…
Stories to come as soon as a rainy day keeps me bound to the IPad. When the weather is good, the work is too big to get the stories out of my head and on to the page.
A sunset spent witnessing wild elephants in their wild homes is a surreal experience, and an exquisite reminder of what so many of us are fighting for. Nothing in conservation is what it seems—there are the fights you expect and the ones you don’t. There are the conflicts that you can understand (even when you can’t always resolve them), and the conflicts that you barely dream could ever have a resolution in them.
Creating sustainable change rarely has a direct path, and the complexities of resolving Human Elephant Conflict on a very crowded planet can be overwhelming. Some days though, you get lucky enough to quietly watch families of wild elephants simply being elephants, renewing the hope that the beauty you see is the beauty that can be saved.
“Dogs With Heart”, a project from Heart of Ganesh and The Elephant Love Project, held the first Mobile Medical Outreach clinic at the village temple yesterday and everywhere you looked there were good families patiently waiting for hours for their dogs to receive free health care from the Heart.
Tomorrow we begin implementing “Dogs With Heart”. Many will say that to even begin such a project in a rural village is foolish, for hungry, mangy, suffering dog are everywhere.
And that is exactly why we begin. Because they are everywhere.
It was so good to see the kids from Putrom 2 again, the 2nd year Heart of Ganesh has supported their return to school by making sure they had the necessary supplies to start the new year off right! Collaborating with the Elephant Livelihood Environment Initiative has been a joy, witnessing the multi-layered changes that can occur when organizations work together for the benefit of all beings.
After handing out bags and singing songs, we visited the library we built for Putrom 2 last year, and we were seriously thrilled to see the condition of the books, art supplies, and the creative work that is being done there. A charity never truly knows what will happen to what they lovingly built when visa’s and other work require moving on to another project in another country. To walk in to the library and see the care that has been taken was a HeartFull moment!
When I asked Mr. Savouen if there was anything that needed improved upon, he asked if the “Book Check-Out” sheets could be reformatted, because the children were checking out SO MANY BOOKS that there wasn’t enough room to record them…For a school and a village that previously had no access to a library, this was the best possible request we could have received and we look forward to funding and expanding our support of these great kids. The close-in walls of their small village will expand ten-fold if they are all given the chance to read, read, and read some more. And then? Who knows what good they might do in the world. ❤️📚🐘🌍”
We’re back in Thailand now after a challenging time working in Myanmar on several deeply saddening elephant situations. The trade of what some may call “elephant parts”, but we call “pieces of the bodies of sentient beings”, with every possible bit of these innocent animals being sold to the highest bidder. It is the most complex movement of illegal trade we’ve seen, and it was heartbreaking, eye opening, and never, ever, what it seemed.
From Myanmar, the main market for the the ivory, and the tail hair and elephant skin, is China. The market for elephant skin in China is huge. And this is, if it’s possible, more tragic than the ivory, as the murdering of entire elephant families and herds is done for skin. For the tusks, you need the big papas. For the skin, any age is a target…
CITES is slated to be held in Sri Lanka at the end of May 2019, and we’ll be there. It’s a bleak time for elephants, but more and more people around the world are fighting for the survival of the remaining wild ones, and for the humane treatment of those held captive. United we stand, in hopes that together, we can reverse the tragedy before it is too late as we fight for what’s right, for a kinder world for us all. We won’t give up, and we know you won’t either.