Friday, February 18, 2011


Contributed by CP's VP of Intakes

The eleven Famous Lovers that Carolynne and Paula picked up from the Medina SPCA on Tuesday are being boarded at a private facility while they go through their "spa treatment" of bathing and vetting. The people who are caring for them are spending many hours with these babies hoping to wash away not only the physical dirt and scars from their past life, but are also working on the mental scars. Their work is a true labor of love! I received the following message this morning and asked if I could share it with you. It brought both a HUGE smile to my face and tears to my eyes. This is what Col. Potter does. We take on the tough cases, we take in the large groups, we find a way to make it happen. Right now, we could really use your help to continue this work. Please consider donating to help the Famous Lovers ...

The message I received is below in blue:

Do you know what hell is like?
I had a glimpse of it today.
It looks like the blank, lifeless, terrified eyes of a hoarder’s victim.
It looks like matted hair, long claws, filthy and sore skin that give constant irritation.
It smells like urine, feces, vomit and stale breath from poor nutrition.
It feels like fear, uncertainty, loneliness, hunger and thirst.
It looks like ugliness, it feels like despair, it is hopelessness.

Do you know what heaven is like?
I had a glimpse of it today.
It looks like a flicker of direct eye contact, expecting a gentle touch.
It looks like cleanliness, freshly bathed hair and skin, and comfort.
It smells like fresh air, clean water and good food.
It feels like safety, comfort, security, a full tummy and kind pats.
It looks like relaxation, it feels like happiness, it is hope!

In a short 48 hours I have seen the remarkable resilience of the Cairn Terrier. From the first night of non-stop barking, snarling and frenzy there has been a slow progression to a calmer, more predictable, atmosphere. Tonight, after a very busy day and every one had gone, I spent almost 2 hours finishing up and cleaning up the kennel for the night. Tonight was different. No barking, no frenzied jumping around. Tonight they all watched me calmly, stretched out to relax, and some even drifted off to sleep. It was quiet, calm, a time of peace and tranquility. No anxiety, no need, and no suffering. As I turned off the light and told all the babies goodnight, no one stirred, all were calm and it was probably, as close as I can see from here, to being heaven.

A very rewarding day indeed!!

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