My father told me the jaw-dropping story of how he and his brother Henry played with a homemade pistol in the USSR (now Ukraine) in the 1930s. I was struck with how lives were endangered and how lives were protected. Amazing things that happened, and that didn’t happen. Good people who played an important role. And the thread that runs through it all is faith. And humour!
Ginger before her great adventure
A few years ago I had an experience that felt like the power of prayer. I had just moved back to Vancouver. It was summer, and I kept the litter box on the balcony of my third floor apartment for my two cats while we were settling in. But Ginger was curious and sometimes tried to jump to the rooftop patio of the suite above us. I deterred her as best I could, but one day I noticed a distinct absence.
Animal Planet has a great reality show called Dr. Jeff, Rocky Mountain Vet. Dr. Jeff Young and his clinic provide low cost services to thousands of clients who couldn’t otherwise afford them in Denver, Colorado. They often rescue animals and do volunteer work, and can receive animals in need from hundreds, even thousands, of miles away. At the beginning of the show, Dr. Jeff says, “This is me. This is what I love.” Those words resonated with me.
Irene Plett is a writer, poet and animal lover living in South Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.