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Why Dogs With Heart?

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”.

 


Dogs With Heart = Kindness to All

Rolling out our new “Dogs With Heart” project logo as we prepare for the 3rd clinic in less than 2 months in rural Sri Lanka.   148 dogs have already been treated for a combination of mange, tick fever, worms, and bacterial infections, while another 37 families received vitamins, medicated shampoo, and flea treatments for their animals. We’re excited for the next big clinic, as for most families here it is the only access point they have for their dogs to receive medical intervention.
 
And as exciting as this is, it is something that occurred at the New Years Day party the village children threw for me that showed me the power of the Heart.  Two homeless dogs, Flower and Ali, have adopted me after receiving steady treatments for their various issues.  In the past when the children came over for English classes, they would mimic the harsh behavior  they have learned elsewhere, with fear and revulsion being extended to the pups. On Monday they were talking to, petting, and even cuddling the little tail-waggers! A handwashing to follow kept hand and heart healthy, and today, instead of stones being tossed, they actually called for the dogs to meet them on the dirt road.
 
 Every email I get I sign with “To a kinder world for us all”, and to see it unfold in the actions of the children was the best possible start to 2019.Dogs With Heart

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