If you thought that this blog was not going to be about a horse, you are crazy. You're probably thinking, man I wish she would stop talking about those horses. Sorry but I'm not going to!
I would like to share with you Birdie's story. Birdie came to Horse Haven just a few days ago. Because there was no adequate fencing, Birdie got out and was walking along the road at night. She was struck from behind by a car. She was surrendered to HHT.
When the director and others from HHT arrived to the owner's barn, the intent was to take away Birdie's pain and suffering and send her to a better place. However, Birdie had other plans. She had been lying down and her owner could not get her up. When HHT arrived and backed the trailer in, that old girl stood right up. She was loaded onto the trailer with just a little help, but the amazing thing is that she stood all the way to the vet hospital. This is why she is one tough old bird.
Because she has suffered damage to her muscle reflexes, Birdie is unable to urinate or defecate on her own. She has a catheter, and volunteers must go in manually and remove her poop. And you probably just spit out whatever food or drink you were ingesting, but I want you to know her situation, including all of the less than pleasant details. Birdie's prognosis is still in that unknown gray area. Hopefully by the end of the week she will be able to recover those reflexes.
Why give her a chance in the first place?, you ask. Well, how could you say no to her when she stood up with that fire of life still glowing in her dark eyes? That horse has more strength and tenacity than some people do. I put a band-aid on tiny insignificant paper cuts and whine when I stub my toe. Birdie can't say where it hurts. We can.
The most beautiful thing about her situation is that there are people out there who are willing to stick their hands up a horse's behind, just to take care of her. It is this love for her. They are giving of their time to help a horse.
A horse. Can you imagine that? People are taking such good care of an animal. Can you imagine what the world would be like if we took as much care and love into relationships with others, especially with those whom we do not want to help? Those who are in need of help, love, and understanding who may not receive those things from anyone?
Think about this:
"If we love one another God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us." -1 John 4:12
"The love that we bear toward creatures must be a spiritual one and founded on God alone. Then the love of God will grow in our souls to the same extent that our love grows. The more our hearts remember our neighbor, the more they will also recall God. These two loves grow side by side." -St. John of the Cross
The more our hearts remember our neighbor, the more they will also recall God.
The Scripture verse and St. John's quote are some of the most beautiful things that I have read in a long time. If we invest love in our neighbors, both human and animal, then that love is instilled and invested in our own hearts by God.
Love can start out as a tiny seed. If we just leave the seed be, nothing much happens. Maybe it is able to break through the soil and see sunlight for a short while, but then it withers away. If we nurture the seed, something grand and incomparable happens. It grows. Love can spread if we but just put a little effort into all our endeavors and actions.
Pray for Birdie. She can't make it on her own, and by the grace of God, she will have more years on this earth. If not, I feel happy knowing that she will be welcomed into a kingdom where pain and suffering are nonexistent.