After ferociously posting, catching up on all my travels, once again the silence (i.e. lack of posting) has begun… I figured I should tell you all why exactly. See, I’ve literally gone to the dogs!
I’m in Sangkhlaburi, Thailand near the border with Burma (Myanmar) volunteering at the Baan Unrak Animal Sanctuary. I may have mentioned before that my ultimate goal in life is to start an animal sanctuary of my own, and well, in order to get there I first have to actually see what its really like…
Most days are good, just the basics: feed, water, play, change blankets/mats, laundry, give meds, play more, walk the dogs with paralyzed back legs in the doggie “wheel chair”, more play, night feed, rest. There are approximately 40 plus dogs and puppies, most are regular dogs, several are 3-legged and 3 other precious dogs are only able to use their front legs. Well, Gizmo technically CAN use his back legs, he just chooses not to:)
Dogs rule the streets here (which I adore) but on occasion or rather more than ever necessary that means hit and runs. While many people love their animals and actually take care of their dogs and other pets, far many more don’t. Animals are purposely poisoned, cuts and gashes are ignored leading to very serious maggot infestations (we had to put one down because it was literally infested with THOUSANDS of maggots from his mouth to his tail, which was acutally missing, nothing more than a hole filled with squirming maggots) while others are simply abandoned or starved. Vet care is free (donations are welcome) yet some people simply prefer to choose a grisly life for them instead of seeking help.
But, while there is that heartbreaking side to volunteering here, there are so many joys to it too. They bring such an unconditional and pure love to my heart that is hard to match. Unfortunately, the nature of caring for any life (human or animal) includes having to deal with every aspect of it, the good and the bad. We help where we can, do what we can, but of course not all can be saved. Just the nature of the beast.
So you see, it’s not just for any random reason I’ve been M.I.A. on my blog, I’ve just been busy loving and caring for dogs:) I do of course plan to catch up on about 5 other posts I have in mind, but the other excuse I have for not posting is I’ve been dealing with a super crazy virus on my tablet that kept rerouting me to a website called adfoc.us (do NOT click that!!) and some other thing called mobo market kept trying to download on my computer. But after 4 factory resets, I think it’s finally gone:)