|Animal Rescue Corps - photo by Amiee Stubbs|
If you've lost someone holidays are unsettling. Wisps and unruly tendrils of conversations and pictures and afternoons and laughter blow across your face and refuse to be tamed. When the distractions and the people who've opened their homes and hearts to you fade to black those wisps become splinters. And the blue gray maya landscape of denial protecting you flies out the window.
Yesterday a little after noon I read about 65 dogs in Tennessee. No amount of inside chores and outside Edna-ing picking up sticks in my leaf engulfed yard could stem the tide - 65 dogs in Tennessee rescued from a suspected dog fighting operation. 65 dogs in Tennessee surrounded by a brush fire on Thanksgiving.
A Decade of Nigel. Because in moments like these the only thing to do if you don't want to drown is turn to those far flung stars that light up life like giant search beams in the sky. Like Nigel. And Life With Dogs. Because his stories make you laugh. Sometimes flat out howl like a Basset and snortle like a female pig going to ground for truffles. Because Life With Dogs tells stories of love and hope and inspiration. Stories that may not always have a happy ending but always have a reason. For being. For shining. I thought about how Nigel and Life With Dogs would tell the story of the 65 dogs in Tennessee. And waiting for that story I am smiling at the most wonderful of wonderful white dogs whose picture dots Facebook whenever there's a new LWD story or photograph. Dear God how we do love stand up guys, don't we, Nigel? Thank you Cheatham County Animal Control, Animal Rescue Corps, New Leash on Life, Agape Animal Rescue, The Nashville Zoo, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.