Freinds, Fellow Rescuers, Loved Ones,
I have loved that so many of you, across the Nation of the United States, have joined me in my efforts to try and help as many dogs as I can, even though my efforts save only one or a few at a time, the world and lives of those dogs are changed forever ~ and we all must take stock in that when we take part in helping a beating heart in distress, and at the end of the day, that absolutely means something in this gift of life that we were generously given ourselves.
I began with my boy, “Hank”, the lost bait dog, abused and scarred, infected, pittie that I found digging in the trash for food at the local 7-11 convenience store. I asked several people going in and out of the store if they could help me lift him into my car, and was waved off, frowned at, ignored, and the muttering of a couple about it being a pittie. I continued to try and gain his trust and told him that, “If you come with me, I will make it be ok for you”.
And then one man stepped up. We spoke a bit and he said that he would help me if I were to promise not to take this boy to County facility. We exchanged numbers to keep in touch and then the 2 of us lifted a very nervous Hank into the back of my car… and off we zipped to the veterinarian, who took Hank in immediately for me.
This was my beginning into rescue, and through the help of a handfull of strangers on the internet, and whom, some I have met and gone on to help them with their rescue dogs and organizations over the last 3 years, they helped me in the small ways that would ultimately end up for this happy spirited boy to have his forever home with a beautiful young family in Skagway, Alaska.
Without the efforts of a few strangers believing in me… believing in “Hank”… to help me in giving him a life that he has not known before, perhaps I would have been disillusioned ~ but this did not happen ~ what happened is that “Hank” got the road trip of his life, beginning in Phoenix, Arizona to reach Bellingham, Washington, then hopping the Alaskan Marine Highway for a 4 day ferry ride, to make it into the loving hands of his very own personal forever kid… a 7 day one way trip for a very happy boy!
The journalist for the Skagway Newspaper was waiting with Hank’s new family on his arrival off the ferry, and would interview me and take lots of photos of Hank. A new friend from the internet had been following this adventure and had called ahead to make sure that Hank’s story would make the front page news.
Since, then, even though my efforts are limited only by the limited resources afforded me, I have found such an incredible amount of loving, passionate, determined people across the States, across Arizona, that value the lives of dogs ~ all dogs ~ and move mountains to save their lives and provide them a forever that they all so deserve.
It is such a pleasure to work with you, however I can, to enjoy the help that some of you can offer to the ones that I am able to help. No effort is too small for these babies ~ and I want to thank each and every one of you that stand with me, stand together, stand up for each other…and rise tall, speaking for the lives of the these dogs that have no “voice”, they have no “choice”.
And so, I wanted to share with all of You how I came to the name of my rescue
~ One Voice Dog Rescue ~
It comes from the words of Barry Manilow, on his performance at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert event of 2010,
“If One Person stands up for what he believes in, the rest will follow”
All of you, have been such a stellar example of this statement, time and time again ~ when you have helped me in my efforts ~ when you share, network, pitch in, transport, watch the e-list rosters, foster, rescue, give aid and medical care, donate, give medical suppies, food, chip in for gas, offer sewing/laundry assistance, provide phone and internet work, give advice and emotional support… to so many dogs of different breeds, and situations, that we have all, collectively, hand our hands in changing the lives of thousands of the lost, abused, bait, injured, neglected, sick, tossed away, surrendered and otherwise at-risk dogs. You all are a true testament of what compassion is all about.
This is the song that He sang as this Concert, and how I came to the name of “One Voice Rescue”
Godspeed my friends.
Positivity, Love and Compassion ♡