The Path of Kindness
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Forging a path into our hearts last weekend was a wee little dorper lamb. If her sweet face was not enough to drive her there, her circumstance surely would. Unable to walk and covered in mud, it was clear life thus far had not gone well for her.
And with a nasty and old wound on her tail, we were not sure if her inability to get about under her own steam was due to an opportunistic bacterial infection that had found its passage in there, or the sinister and so-often fatal condition of white muscle disease.
With a blood test and supportive treatment ruling the latter out, our fears are now racing against our ability to rein the infection in. And although we are a nose in front at this stage, we cannot afford to go to sleep at the wheel, for the immune systems of tiny orphans are rarely robust enough – even when aided by strong medications, positive thoughts and a tsunami of kindness – to overcome infections that lodge themselves into joints.
But little Kansas knows none of this; all she knows is that she wants to live. She did this best when we thought all may be lost as she propelled herself forward to gain our attention – she already had our hearts. And then, with thoughts of our sweet little friend Saturday lamb dancing about our head, we raced for a wheelchair for Kansas.
Already on her second, with sturdier wheels to match her speed and independence and with multiple assisted walking sessions throughout the day, and cuddles a-plenty, Kansas continues to give us reasons for hope, despite the formidable odds that she faces.
Cheery and chatty she has always remained, to which we should add the word “inspirational”, for this she surely is. For she inspires us to challenge the traditional thinking that views her kind as a “farmed” animal. The equivalent of a commercial commodity, and therefore not a being worthy of the labours of our love and efforts or the conscious creatures they daily show us they are.
Kansas reminds that we should not follow this path of outdated thought, but instead forge a new one for others to follow. A trailblazing path laced with kindness, justice, tender mercy and the best of our humanity.
Please come tread it with us.
“Can someone please help me out I have a full grown female goat wanting to give away but marketplace won’t allow me to post…free of charge”.
Dust bathing for the first time in her 73-week life is Katie. Her “sister”, Kayla, eagerly watching on as her blind friend kicks dirt every which way.
When the cheeky young goat we have named Purr broke his leg in a remote community, things were looking grim.
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Amazing us all just recently was the arrival of four teeny tiny turkeys: Cornelius, Tofurkey, Curious George and Cheerio.
Planting the seeds of kindness were the sweet natures of Hawthorn, Poppy and Tulip, young sheep who touched the heart of a kindly pound worker.
From this moment to the next, we grow and change. Yet we stay who we are. We are shaped by our experiences but not defined by them.
In the early hours of today, dear Henry pig nestled into his straw bed and drew in a breath
Meet Marmalade and Marmaduke, two adorable wee kittens dumped just days before Christmas.