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You Never Know

It was so difficult today when I turned over the 8 puppies to our animal transport team. We foster dogs here at the farm because space is so sparse at the animal shelt

Our light in the kitchen at the farm was broken so we called the electrician. This 35-year-old, attractive, healthy looking young man walked into our home to fix the light.

As he was working one of my friends called me who was having a horrible day. Her daughter is dying of a brain tumor and is at the end of her horrible struggle. We talked as I cried and consoled her and after a rather long conversation we hung up and I got back to work in my home office. Later as I poured a glass of water in the kitchen the young electrician turned to me and said, “ I didn’t mean to eavesdrop but I am sorry about your friend’s daughter. “ I said thank you and told him how horrible this was for Susan because her husband had died four years ago with a brain tumor also.

He told me that he was 35 years old and had just suffered a stroke. He had normal blood pressure but his life seemed very stressful to him. He was drinking coffee recently and his arm went numb, he couldn’t speak and his mind went blank. An ambulance rushed him to the hospital and saved not only his life but helped alleviate the devastation the stroke could have had on his body.

When we look at people, no matter what they look like, what they say or where they are, we really don’t know anything about them. Here is a man at the beginning of his life with a young family who has had a stroke. Who would have ever guessed someone this young and healthy looking could be having a stroke. Please go to the American Stroke Association online and look up the symptoms of a stroke and if this ever happens to you or anyone else, time is critical for life or death. You never know!

er that dogs are euthanized for space. A couple months ago I received a call from the Animal Control Officer Madi and she asked me to foster a “special” mama dog and her 8 puppies. Madi had been called out on a dog call and there was a mother dog and her 8 puppies trapped in a storm drain under the ground. Madi actually crawled down the storm drain and saved the puppies lives. The mother had been washed down the drain with her puppies during a bad storm and she had been nursing them underground ever since. Grace, the name we gave mom, was emaciated, weak and sick because she had received no nourishment for herself and was giving her own life, through her milk, to her newborn babies. You talk about a good mama… We have spent the last 2 months loving these storm drain kids and Grace, their courageous mother. We still have precious brave Grace and will have to see if she goes back to the shelter or whether she has found a home here at our farm, Oak Haven.

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