I have been going through a tough time since last year, concerning my Mother. It is the usual family thing, how everything gets magnified and turned upside down when a parent has gtrown elderly and needs care. I did not do as much foster in the past few years but now I am taking up the slack and moving forward. My Mom is living with my sister, and although that frees me (She always lived 15 minutes from me) the change is difficult and the family things seems to have been exploded, the way we expolde a photo on computer to print out a larger copy. Everything is magnified. The good the bad and the ugly.


So when I took a little foster I had been keeping to the rescue place (a different affiliation from here) I guess it ''got me'' . All the feelings of loss came flooding back to me. But this time, instead of my Mom, I found myself feeling so sad over the many dogs who need us and the terrible cruelties of the human race. How do you all manage to go forward, knowing that each life we save is but a drop in the sea of needy dogs?


I have always told myself: it's only one dog at a time, but it is everything, to that one. and all the adages we have come up with, to reply to those who do not share our love of all creatures. But for some reason, I am lingering in that terrible place of ''It will never be enough."  It is not a happy place to be. I am about to groom my oddly girl and that always cheers me. I love grooming my dogs. Maybe my girlies will have a bit of wisdom to lighten my mood today. (Don't they always?) When no one else in my life ''knows'', my dogs know. KWIM?






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Comment by LM Fowler - Admin on September 3, 2011 at 11:42pm

I just started Dodger, his own blog, http://www.doodlerescuecollective.com/profiles/blogs/meet-dodger if you want to copy and paste your comment below into it. We really need some better pics, too. He looks so thin and pointy headed. LOL Love you!

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Comment by mary pat fleming on September 3, 2011 at 11:08pm

Ok, so Dodger is here after many failed attempts... and he is a lovely pup. I trimmed his mohawk hairdo, washed him under the sprinkler with my female, Kyleigh ... she needed a full bath, just smelled EEEWWWWWW! So they look nice and clean and fluffy now, just beautiful. He is exceedingly mournful for his mommy and he is on high alert, straining at his tether (to me) and jumping up on hind legs to look out the open windows at every tiny sound, especially car doors closing, engines turning over and cars pulling away from the curb. : (  Poor boy. He is sweet, allowed petting and walking by my daughter and SIL, is attentive to my husband and has placed his sad head on my lap, just crying softly to himself... I feel so badly for him but i know every 24 hrs he is here he will settle in and feel a bit better... it will take some time, all normal, it shows he was loved and forms attachments, which are good things for any of us, right?   ; 0) He ate a bit. Drank a bit. now he is lying on the floor at my feet but ''jumpy'' and nervous. He knows he is stuck here. He has a very soft mouth, btw, which thrills me! he gives me the whale eye a lot as i touch him... the stare. but his bite is very well inhibited and he nips gently as if to say, Hey! I TOLD YOU I don't like that !!   He is such a wonderfully tempered dog!  he is downright skinny so I hope he feels safe and welcome enough by tomorrow to really chow down. I am very happy to be fosering him. :) Very very happy to have him here. I have that sense of purpose that accompanies to taking in a new dog who needs help. Please join me as I wish him well, my friends. He deserves a great home! ~ XOXO~ mp

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Comment by mary pat fleming on April 10, 2011 at 4:09pm
Right back atcha, baby.

Comment by LM Fowler - Admin on April 10, 2011 at 3:14pm
That's what we're here for. Love you girl.

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Comment by mary pat fleming on April 10, 2011 at 3:10pm
Thank you so much for these comments, sharing your own hearts here on our rescue collective. A new day (and reading this!) brings joy and a lighter mood to my troubled mind. This is indeed a worthy pursuit and the friendships made along the way, with those who walk the same road, bring richness, laughter and light to an otherwise bleak landscape. This forum will grow in importance as we continue forward because it is not only deperately needed but it is a place of REAL LIVING  OUT LOUD, with TRUE SHARING of the THINGS THAT MATTER, with CARE and DEDICATION to our MUTUAL GOAL. LYNNE, your preserverance has brought this group along. I cannot thank you enough for what you are doing, heart to heart, for me and I'm sure for everyone involved here. Jeannine, you are so right in your FB awareness of how many of us there are, trying to save lives. Together, we make a difference! Luv 2 u all, mp

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Comment by Jeannine, Gamine & Thalie on April 10, 2011 at 9:39am
This is so true! When I looked in Thalie's eyes and see all the love, the trust, the gratitude I know I'm doing the right thing. I can't do much but the little I do I KNOW (Lynne told me thousand time) I'm making a difference, I'm saving lives. WE ARE SAVING LIVES. You, Lynne, Susan, Sue, Deb, Dr Judy, Eliz and myself are making difference. I can see with all my friends on FB that we are not alone and maybe one day we will have to retired from this job... maybe! I'm too very honored to be part of this beautiful circle of friends.

Comment by LM Fowler - Admin on April 10, 2011 at 6:48am
Don't forget that when it does start to get you down, or when life gets you down ... Look into the eyes of those you saved and you will remember why you do it. We hold each other up. That was always to be one of the reasons for "the collective," to help, to support, to work together, to be there for each other. It got away from that original mission, but it certainly is coming back. I am, once again, honored to be part of this beautiful circle of friends.

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Comment by mary pat fleming on April 10, 2011 at 12:50am

Thank you for sharing your words of support and wisdom, my friends. I am honored to be part of this beautiful circle of friends.  May Oodles of doodles be saved through our combined efforts!

mp, together we can make a difference

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Comment by Jeannine, Gamine & Thalie on April 9, 2011 at 8:55pm

Dear  Mary,

Live is very unfair, for us human but even worse for our 4 paws friends. It is unfair that only one out of 100 will be saved BUT.... this one IS safe and after another one and another one... all because of big hearts like you. As Lynne often say we also have the obligation to teach, to inform to tell others what happens in shelter and certain rescues, if they do not sterilize their dogs,  so one day they will all see the same things we do. We have to teach them that animals have feelings and do suffer with neglect or abuse, we have the responsibility to teach it to the world.

Every time I see a new post on Oodles, a new foster at Lynne's or her friends it kill me... I want them all but I know I can't do it. 

You're doing an amazing job and you have to pat yourself in the back because YOU deserve it.

Love you very much and very proud to be your friend.

J. xo

Comment by LM Fowler - Admin on April 9, 2011 at 8:05pm
MP, It is a tough thing that we do, but we have to remember that we can't save them all, but we can save some. We could look the other way and pretend there is no such thing as pet over-population, we could ignore the overcrowded shelters and the killing that goes on, or we can do something. We choose to do something. It's OK to get down sometimes, I do. But then we keep going. One by one. Hang in there. Love you!

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