Delivering Love

IMG_0529According to ASPCA, “Each year, [in the USA] approximately 7.6 million animals enter animal shelters nationwide—and nearly 3 million don’t make it out.”

This sad statistic brings tears to my eyes. So many lives wasted, so much love lost. However, there are many who are tirelessly working to save as many of these animals as they can. One such organization is Legacy German Shepherd Rescue and More, who rescues animals out of kill shelters in the deep South, finds homes for them via the internet and transports them to the Northeast to awaiting families.

The success of spay/neuter education here has resulted in a demand for pets that exceeds available animals. Prospective adopters are rigorously screened, references checked by volunteers to ensure the match is a good one, before transport is arranged.

Rendezvous points are determined, dates and times are set and updated prior to arrival. Counting down the days until arrival is akin to a child awaiting Christmas– the anticipation is so exciting!

On the appointed day, we rose early to drive an hour and a half to meet the transport team. The van carrying bundles of LOVE arrives…

Names are called out, each excited family steps forward, squeals of joy, oohs and ahs, photos are taken, some shed tears of happiness.

Yeah, I was the one who cried. IMG_0542

 

 

 

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Happy Solstice!

DSC09672Summer is here – enjoy!

And for my friends in the Southern Hemisphere, may your winter be short and sweet. 🙂

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Wordless Wednesday

HouseWren

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In My Garden

IMG_0408My clematis this year are giving me the best show I’ve ever had in my garden. Here are a few others blooming right now~

Iris:

Columbine:

(Click on any image to embiggen.)

June is such a lovely month in the garden. What’s blooming in yours?

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Silent Sunday

Paeonia lactiflora

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Peony Bouquet

Anemone canadensisPeony bouquet

A garden bouquet made with the first peonies (Paeonia lactiflora) of the season, with burgundy Geranium phaeum, white bleeding hearts (Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘Alba’) and Anemone canadensis.  The wild grass gives a meadow look to the arrangement and the hearts on the jug echo the bleeding hearts above. Have a great weekend!

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Wordless Wednesday

Alliums

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