Every weekend KO brings the simple yet wonderful gifts of kindness, caring and compassion here. She brings her laughter, her positive energy, her patience and sometimes even her tears to this place every weekend and she shares them. She shares them with the animals and she shares them with the volunteers. KO makes SAINTS better for just being here. It was the loss and grief of losing her own senior pet that led her to SAINTS ...Late in 2007, I had just recently lost my 14 year old dog, Jazz and Laura B. had done some volunteering at SAINTS. She was very demanding that I give this place a chance as I was overwhelmed with losing our dog. She had explained to me what it was all about and I basically told her that I did not want to be where there are old and sick animals, that I could not handle it. Finally she convinced me to do a tour with her, and I will never forget my first day at Saints--I was sitting in the back cat room visiting with all that lived there at the time, and Carol handed me this little white dog, her name was Sweet Pea with her little sweater on, and asked if I could hold her for a few minutes as she was getting ready to take her down for euthanization and it was her time to go. The tears started but I really didn't know this little dog and as Carol left with her I realized that ALL the animals there were for me to help out. I have been hooked ever since. I enjoy working outside with all the barn animals and people as well. I had horses, rabbits, cats, and dogs growing up so they have always had a special place in my heart. I did previously have any experience with feathered ones (chickens,ducks and now a turkey) but somehow they have aslo wiggled there way into my heart to. I like to work outside so being at the barn every Saturday and Sunday is really rewarding for me. I have become attatched to all that are there now and will always remember the ones that have passed.
KO caring for her beloved feather friendsSo far the most memorable moment with the barn guys is this winter with Miss Ellie Mae. She was having the time of her life playing in the snow and getting into the most trouble I have ever seen!!
KO and Ellie (she is about to cause trouble with the buckets!)In 2008 we adopted two very special little dogs, Lady and Lippy, from Saints. They are the best dogs ever. I call them my little Zen dogs as they are just so relaxing to be around and needless to say they are both very spoiled little ones. From the moment I saw them I knew they were for us except they were here from Turtle Gardens and were already adopted. Carol witnessed my tears when I first saw them. Then a couple of weeks after the fact that they had left, I showed up on the weekend and Carol said I should probalby go into the house to see someone in the back room. And lo and behold there they were sitting on a couch and the rest is history!When I'm at work, a lot of times the conversation with my customers is about Saints (oops, it should be about selling bank stuff!!) A lot of them know that Laura and I volunteer at Saints and they like to hear the stories. I've even convinced my family to help out at Saints. My husband, known as the "apple man" picksup and delivers apples to Saints on the weekend, my neice and nephew, Marrissa and Nicholas acome and help me at the barn on Saturdays, and my mom helps in the spring with the gardens.The best part of Saints is that at the end of the day, when were all done cleaning and have taken the dogs including my new best friend Jelly, to the Memorial Garden and they have had their treats, and looking into the fields and seeing that all of the animals are resting and at peace. It is the best feeling knowing that they are well taken care of with a group of the best staff and volunteers I know. And especially from the love and dedication that Carol has shown to both humans and most of all the animals.
KO and Jelly
KO you have a one of the most pure and loving hearts of anyone I have every known. You are one of the only people I know to litertally love a duck :) But for loving all of the saints animals regardless of speicies we thank you Mama Duck.
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