I can't believe
how many checks and Paypal donations are rolling in
to help with Young Matthew and Moon-Moon's vet
bills. We're almost there!
We asked for
help from our quiet listeners and I have to say, a
lot of people who haven't donated in a long time
have come through--along with a handful of new
Of course our
long-time, wonderful supporters also came
through--as they always do!
What would we
do without you?! THANK YOU!
I was thinking
this morning... that it was not long ago that I
wrote in these diary pages how frustrated I was
getting... tired of be blamed for having a full
sanctuary and not being able to take every animal
in... tired of feeling guilty about it... tired of
being yelled at... I was seriously considering
shrinking things down a bit and giving myself a
break. And then Young Matthew and Moon-Moon showed
me how much they need me--how much we're needed.
Such fragile creatures... with such amazing hearts.
And now people
have really shown us their support and let us know
that they too want what's best for these ducks and
Thank you all
so very much for helping alleviate all of our
worries about funding and vet bills, so that we
could focus on our animals and provide them with the
BEST vet care possible.
And then when
we lost Young Matthew and my heart was broken and I
could barely breathe, I didn't have to worry about
how we would pay his bill. I could just focus on
breathing and healing (long way to go yet...)
You have all
provided more relief than you could possibly ever
know and we are so eternally grateful.
I sent an email
to a new friend a couple days ago about Young
"...And then he was gone… He
died in my arms… Head draped over my shoulder… He
used to make the sweetest whistling noise through
his little nostrils. Ever since he was a little. He
would drape his head and neck over my shoulder to
hug me and I would hear that little breathy whistle.
And now God gets that whistle and I’m jealous
because I wish I had it back.
I know Young Matthew is not
looking on me with anything but love and fond
memories. And I think on him with all of the love in
the world too. I know he’s safe and happy and may
even be marveling about all those blow dryer
sessions. I bet God has never heard such a lovely
description of a blow dryer before…"
I like that last part. It makes
me smile to myself to think how Young Matthew would
marvel over his blow dryer sessions. That was good
stuff right there.
Holy water off
a duck's back!
I just got back
from making the bank deposits and I checked the mail
really quick on the way out and there was an
unbelievable donation waiting for us! I had to park
in the driveway and wait for my tears to clear up
and my hands to stop shaking before driving.
You know who
you are--and I'm about to call you (I apologize in
advance for all the crying...)
"In Memory of
Young Matthew & Downi Doll"
(Downi Doll is
Laura's beautiful duck who just passed...)
Now it's time
for photos! I took these yesterday while out in the
pens allowing everyone's love to cheer me up and
bring me back to life.
beautiful Bonnie Bonster who is slowly turning
white. Remember when she was all black and green?
Now she's all speckled! So pretty!
Moon-Moon with River right behind him. Shorty the
duck and Jamboree & Juliet (white Chinese geese).
Look at little
Shorty! He's so cute!
picking on Ranger too much, so I moved Ranger over
to the Goose Run for some peace. Here he is! So
and Mercy-loo (front). I just love it when the girls
give a muffled quack while their bills are tucked
under their fluff--ha ha!
I don't know why
really, but I think this photo of Carmella is a
little funny... poking around at the tree roots,
trying to find some hidden goody on the frozen
ground. Not likely, sweetheart...
Timmerlane (wha ha ha!)