Oh, if only it were that easy. If only it were as simple as waving that magic wand we all dreamed of having as kids. If only we could order up a miracle with the same ease and convenience that we can fast food cheeseburgers (but without all the damage to our arteries!) Unfortunately, life isn't like that. Magic wands don't exist outside of Hogwarts. Miracles are not cheeseburgers. They aren't cheap or easy ... if they were, they wouldn't be miracles. But miracles, I believe, are both real and possible, and sometimes (quite often, actually) they are wrought by angels masquerading as ordinary human beings.
Around the Blog-o-sphere we seem to have more than our share of these angels, super-heroes, and miracle makers, although I think it's safe to say they wouldn't think of themselves that way. But try telling Little Zee, Curious Georgia or Dora the Explorer that their benefactors, Aleks and Ben from Love and a Six Foot Leash, are not angels. Speaking of which, I'm pretty sure that you'd have a hard time convincing Super Levi that A & E of Two Pitties in the City did not bring some sort of super powers to bear in rescuing him and making sure he got not only a wonderful new home AND a new sister but his X-Ray vision as well! And how could Comeback Kid Baxter have made his comeback without HIS own special angel, his foster mom and the author of the blog Peace Love & Fostering, who fosters dogs like Baxter in order to be the "change she wishes to see in the world."
These are just three examples ... of people I know only through the blogging community, who are out there making a difference, and making some very special miracles happen, each and every day, for some incredible dogs, dogs that in fact have, through their efforts, achieved almost celebrity status in the blogging community and beyond, but who would have had no chance at all without their help. I know that Phoebe's foster mom is an angel to me, and I could not ever thank her enough for loving and caring for my little brussels sprout as she waited between trains.
Which is why I was so touched that during a time of year that can be pretty draining on the wallet, so many of you responded to the call for help I issued on behalf of Little Scout
either by donating yourselves, or spreading the word on your blogs or Facebook pages. Thanks to your efforts, Scout is a lot closer to her ChipIn goal, although as of this writing, she is still a little over a hundred dollars away from meeting it.
I mention it only so that in case some of you missed the previous post about Scout, or saw it but were not able to donate then, you might see it now, and be able to help. And if you can, that's great, and I appreciate it. Scout is being fostered by the same rescue I adopted Phoebe from, so her story feels very personal to me, and I so want to see her reach the ChipIn goal necessary to cover her medical bills. If you can't donate, but would be willing to spread the word on your blog or Facebook page, I would be equally grateful. This is a little dog who was labeled a fear biter and therefore unadoptable in a shelter, but it turns out that she had a very painful broken leg. Now that she's been rescued by her foster mom, has had surgery to correct the fracture, and is being lovingly cared for as she heals, she is a sweet, friendly dog who was very deserving of this second chance. But her one thousand dollar plus vet bill is an understandable drain on the organization, Heidi's Legacy, who is fostering her, so anything I can do to help them raise this money, I want to try to do. This will be my last post on the subject of Little Scout, so I'd like to thank in advance anyone who sees this and either donates or passes the word along about her fundraiser.
Phoebe would thank you, too, but she's otherwise occupied at the moment.
But were she awake, I think she'd also want me to let you know about another (not-so little) dog who has found her angels, but is still in need of a miracle ...
We heard about Juno McGruff from Emily and Daniel of Our Waldo Bungie, a blog we've only recently discovered and are very glad we did. Juno, nee Kimba, is a sweet pittie girl with eyes that will melt your heart. Or at least, they did mine. I was a puddle of mush with one gaze into her searching amber eyes, when I first read about her. So when I checked back in today to see how she was doing, I was very concerned to hear that after refusing to eat and beginning to vomit up water, she is back at the vet's for continued treatment and observation. I didn't learn about Juno's previous ChipIn until after it was over and the fundraising goal met, but now with this new hospitalization and its corresponding bills, a new Chip In has been started, and little Juno needs all the help she can get. So cross your paws, send some good thoughts her way, and, if you can, donate to her ChipIn and/or spread the word on blogs, Facebook pages, via Twitter, etc. Heck, send up a smoke signal if you think it might help. Because remember those angels I was talking about before? This is our chance to fight on their side. Let's not waste that opportunity!
Have a great weekend, everyone!