God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference
Even though I am not religious, these words have been in the back of my mind for years, and often pop to the forefront and ring a bell. I found myself repeating them under my breath over the past two weeks. Things happen that we find distressing. We want to do something to solve the problems facing others, but sometimes we just can't and we have to accept that the only people able to do this are those who are actually experiencing them. I know this all sounds a bit vague, but it's all about family and not something I can talk about here.
I arrived home from my trip to England last night and Mr A was waiting at the airport for me. He is feeling much better now and pretty much recovered from his recent bout of pneumonia. When we got to our house, I was very warmly greeted by my six lovely dogs....in fact almost knocked off my feet in their enthusiasm. I was clearly missed by them all.
|Tommy and Monty taking over the bed in my absence|
I bought rope-type chewy toys for them all. Maybe they will now leave the blankets alone! Also chewsticks, a little fleece jumper for Tommy, more Glucosamine tablets to help with Megan and Sammy's arthritis, and a large supply of worm tablets.
I'm hoping I have enough worm tablets to dish out to the village strays as well as my own dogs, but now I'm not so sure. Mr A has continued to feed the strays while I've been away, apart from a few days when he was feeling ill, when our neighbour Mehmet took food down to the village for them. I'm afraid the numbers are increasing. Even though they don't all turn up at the same time, one day last week Mr A counted a total of 27 different dogs who are in need of food. Some of them have since disappeared, but there are still a fair number left.
We are doing what we can, but we can't afford to help them all. I am so grateful for the donations I have received so far, which have enabled us to feed other dogs apart from our own.
I am feeling a little less depressed than I did a few days ago, because I have a purpose here. This is something I am able to change, but I need help if I am to continue to care for these animals. If you feel you are able to help, please go to the Paypal button at the top of my sidebar. As always, please do not feel obliged or under any pressure to give, but rest assured every little helps. Thankyou xxx