Since moving back to take care of my mother, I haven't been out of the house other than running errands, grocery shopping, work that I've picked up here and there....absolutely nothing social or "fun". I contacted a local FB friend I knew from high school about making me a couple of signs, and when I went into the shop to meet her, there were decorations everywhere for an event she was helping with. Turns out, it was a fundraiser for a local animal advocacy group that pulls from shelters (our county shelter is a "kill" shelter) and tries to find homes for strays that are likely to otherwise be "put down" by the county. They also take action on behalf of abused and abandoned animals locally. About 7 years ago, I found my mother's rescue with their help. My friend was slated to take photographs, but was so involved in every other aspect of the event that she was concerned she might not get enough photos to document the event, soooo, I volunteered to take photos for the event.
I've uploaded some of the shots of the adoptable pets, and several of a dog named Suzie, and her "Mom", the special guests for the event. There is an incredible back story between these two. Donna, her human, was mauled by a pit bull and nearly killed. Her injuries were severe enough that she cannot bear children. The sad/ironic part is that the pit belonged to a neighbor and was chained outside full time. The owners rarely fed the dog, or left it water. She was sneaking into the yard daily to feed the dog and leave water, and one day it attacked her from behind and mauled her. As you can imagine, this left her extremely afraid of dogs.
Suzie has her own story. If you look at her pictures, you will notice that she doesn't have ears. Hidden by her holiday attire are patches of hairless, scarred skin. It seems she had licked her owners infant child, licked as in "kisses", after which he decided to punish the dog by beating the crap out of her, dousing her with something flammable and lighting her on fire. Suzie survived, but of course, now feared people. She wandered and lived on scraps for weeks and became infested with maggots eating the burned and dead flesh on her body. These maggots likely saved her life by getting rid of the dead and infected tissue.
Donna ended up adopting Suzie, and they ended up "fixing" each other. Donna no longer fears dogs, and Suzie is a friendly, people loving, lovable furbaby. They are unspeakably bonded.
As it turns out, I had a great time working the event, got some decent photos (I don't pretend to be a pro) that they can use, spent time with people for the first time in ages, frankly something I've been avoiding for months. Perhaps Suzie fixed me too in a small way this past Friday evening. There must be something special in her kisses.
I'll get the photos organized and sorted soon.