We’ve managed to chalk up another one, but this one won’t be forgotten any time soon. I hope this finds you and yours well and as protected as possible. I don’t generally try to stay awake to watch the new year come in, but I intend to do so this year only to make d**** sure this one is gone!! (I wrote this column mid-day on the 31st).
A strategy I use in my attempt to remain somewhere in the range of sanity when encountering experiences like this past year, is to keep telling myself that even though the crisis looks unsurmountable there has got to be some good in it somewhere; all I have to do is keep looking. Well, dear hearts, I didn’t have to look very far. Good came pouring down upon Abandoned Pet Rescue this year like a thunderstorm after months of drought in the form of donated time, energy, compassion and monetary gifts.
Since I am fluent in “Animalese,” I will be their spokesperson and convey their thoughts and wishes for you during the coming year and all that follow. Here is my interview with an APR fur person:
Allie: So, Fur Person, what was 2020 like for you and your companions at APR?
Fur Person: It was a very good year for us despite the pandemic. Many of us found forever homes and those of us who remain here at APR know that we are loved and will be well-cared for thanks to what we fur people call the “Heart People.”
Allie: If you could speak, what would you say to these Heart People?
Fur Person: I’d tell them that we fur people know that you understand that just because we can’t vocalize our feelings with your language doesn’t mean we’re that much different from you. You realize that we feel not only hunger, thirst, and physical pain, but all the emotions you do like love, hate, fear, anxiety, depression as well as happiness and joy. Not all humans understand this, so it makes the “Heart People” very special.
Allie: What are your thoughts for the coming year?
Fur Person: First of all, I think I speak for all of us here at APR, both humans and fur people, when I tell you how tremendously appreciative we all are for the consideration, compassion and generosity of the “Heart People.” If all humans were heart people, there would be no need for organizations like the ASPCA.
I will say my prayers in this coming year that your dreams will come true and this pandemic you’re facing will disappear and some semblance of normalcy will return. As for me and my companions, we will be here at APR to greet you when you visit in hopes you may take a shine to one (or more) of us and make our dreams come true. When you leave you will be gone but not forgotten, for we will always think of you and remember you as a “Heart Person.” God bless you for being you.