Why we mourn.
We lost a very special little dog the other night. There was a horrible accident with the neighbor’s dog, and the result, death is so final. I could go on describing how wonderful, personal, inquisitive, and charming Beasty was, or how much love and joy she gave us.
Actually I want to discuss why it matters in a world of millions Syrian refugees trying to escape violence, children dying trying to get out of central America, and horrible human cruelty a daily occurrence as viewed via the internet.
Love is important part of life. Love opens you up to joy and wonder but also to pain. Being part of the solution, regardless how small a roll, is a vote for a chance to change things. Can one compare the love of a dog to the love of a child, and conversely the death of a dog to the death of a child? NO. It almost seems spoiled to try to equate the two. But it is not about the dog or the child it is about how one feels, and those feelings, that pain, that grief and questioning of life it stimulates in you, is very personal. If one devotes ones life to rescuing animals, if one has seen and found homes for hundreds and hundreds of dogs, if one has gotten to know thousands of animals, the loss of one dog that stands out above almost all the other hurts. Period.
She was a very special emotional little dog. It was nice to know you Beasty. Thanks for being part of our lives.
She is gone. I don’t know how I am writing this as I still can’t believe it’s real.
Anyone that knew her knew she had a larger than life personality. She was a sparkling, precious gem full of kisses and sweetness. A shooting star that rained glitter and happiness on everyone she met.
She had so many funny habits I don’t have enough space to include them all. She loved everyone and was a total lapdog but could also hike 6 miles no problem. At night, she slept in a cat condo.
With that giant personality came a 5 lb dog with a Napoleon complex. That’s how she got her name. She was charming with the foster dogs in the house and always got the shy dogs to play with her. But – with unknown dogs she was very aggressive. She would charge at dogs without any care of her size. For the last four years I did my best to keep her safe from her bad ass self. I picked her up when we passed other dogs, she was on leash unless I had a 360° view of our surroundings.
Last night there was a tragic accident. In the blink of an eye Beasty slipped into the neighbors backyard and was grabbed by a larger dog. The other dog is a good dog with zero history of aggression. They had in fact met before and had no issues with each other. But it was dark and the other dog just reacted. It was over in six seconds. We raced her to the vet but she was dead on arrival.
I don’t know how to make sense of this. I don’t know how the universe works or why it does what it does… But I do know that I am grateful for the 4 years I had with her. She gave me so much joy and laughter.
Thank you Beasty for letting me your guardian. Thank you for showing me the big love of a little dog. You were a true rockstar. You lived life hard and you didn’t give a single shit. You tried to chase motorcycles and 18 wheelers. You were my beautiful, crazy beasty girl. I wanted to see you grow into a cranky, little old lady dog. But you’re gone. Too soon. Much too soon.
Rest easy my angel. I love you forever. 💔
LoveLeo receive a wonderful write up in the Tijuanalinea.com online news service commenting on our work spay and neutering dogs and cats.
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Tijuana.- Love Leo Rescue es una organización que ayuda a salvar la vida de perros enfermos, heridos, maltratados y olvidados que nació en la ciudad de Los Ángeles, California y que tiene entre su misión el proporcionar servicios gratuitos de esterilización en comunidades de bajos ingresos y áreas marginadas.
Fue fundada en honor a Leo, un pitbull que Sasha Abelson, presidenta de la organización, rescató del abuso y que logró encontrar un hogar aún y a pesar de que las estadísticas son sombrías para los perros de su tipo, ya que según datos solo 1 de cada 600 pitbulls de refugios en California son adoptados.
La grave crisis de sobre población de perros y gatos que afecta a la ciudad de Los Ángeles (y a la mayor parte del país y del mundo) fue el motivo para que Sasha Abelson se involucrara más en el rescate e hiciera trabajo de voluntariado en una asociación.
Pronto sintió que era su obligación hacer más y fue entonces cuando Love Leo Rescue nació para buscar darles una segunda oportunidad a los animales en abandono.
En años recientes la organización decidió cruzar la frontera para ayudar a los perros y gatos de Tijuana, a través de campañas de esterilización gratuitas realizadas en colonias de bajos recursos y en donde se ha detectado que hay gran cantidad de animales en abandono.
El próximo 16 de noviembre en el Cañón del Sainz, Love Leo Rescue volverá a patrocinar una campaña de esterilización y se espera que sean más de 100 cirugías las que se realicen.
El legado de Leo, quien vivió sus últimos años en el sur de California sigue vivo en cada vida que la organización logra salvar y en evitar a través de la esterilización que miles de perros y gatos nazcan para vivir una vida de sufrimiento en las calles de Los Ángeles y de Tijuana.
OUR 2ND ANNUAL FUNDRASIER WAS A HUGH SUCCESS.
We had twice as many supports, a wonderful group of companies, large and small , donating their time and products that made this years event just great !!!!
Just to name a few of our supporters:
Hilary Duff, Whitney Cummings, Oliva Munn, Maria Menounos,
Rolling Greens, Petrossian, Miraval, Tito’s,
A cameo appearance by Carl, our poster puppy of 2019, along with a few other forever homed dogs was especially appreciated by the crowd.
a cake by ?
sasha and carl
http://loveleorescue.org/event/free-spray-neuter-clinic-july-tj-2018/ You guys can helped us do something really remarkable this month !! We are going to go INTERNATIONAL again…
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