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"Sometimes our light goes out but is blown again into flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light.” This is a quote from Albert Schweitzer, but it captures the essence of what May You Be Blessed is all about.

"A blessing is a conscious choice to build up by raising the person or situation in our minds to a higher vibration, a vibration that is filled with light and love and healing."

"When we consciously choose to bless, we choose to construct, rather than destruct.  We become architects and builders of Good."
"In the long run, all judging others really does is bring pain and block us from our ability to offer love. We were born to give, to bless, and to be a blessing, but when we are sitting in judgment, we can't." ~Kate Nowak May You Be Blessed
"A blessing, I have come to realize, is a sweet release from pain; a sacred reminder that we are made of love and light and goodness and, as such, part of a greater and most wondrous whole. It is an ancient key to a successful and fulfilling life."- Kate Nowak
 "We determine whether something will be a blessing or a curse by the way we choose to see it." ~Kate Nowak ♥ 



May you be blessed
with all things good.
May your joys, like the stars at night,
be too numerous to count.
May your victories be more abundant
than all the grains of sand
on all the beaches
on all the oceans
in all the world.
May lack and struggle
only serve to make you stronger
and may beauty order and abundance
be your constant companions.
May every pathway you choose
lead to that which is pure and good and lovely.
May every doubt and fear
be replaced by a deep abiding trust
as you behold evidence of a Higher Power
all around you.
And when there is only darkness
and the storms of life are closing in
May the light at the core of your being
illuminate the world.
May you always be aware you are loved beyond measure
and may you be willing to love unconditionally in return.
May you always feel protected and cradled
in the arms of God,
like the cherished child you are.
And when you are tempted to judge
may you be reminded that we are all ONE
and that every thought you think
reverberates across the universe,
touching everyone and everything.
And when you are tempted to hold back,
may you remember that love flows best when
it flows freely
and it is in giving that we receive
the greatest gift.
May you always have music and laughter
and may a rainbow follow every storm
May gladness wash away every disappointment
may joy dissolve every sorrow
and my love ease every pain.
May every wound bring wisdom
and every trial bring triumph
and with each passing day
may you live more abundantly than the day before.
May you be blessed
And may others be blessed by you.
This is my heartfelt wish for you.
May you be blessed.
 
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Posted: Apr 7, 2010 2:48am
Apr 5, 2010

Please vote for my friends' animal rescue and sanctuary Real Rescue Inc in OK- every day, from every computer you have! And please tell your friends. Together we can make it happen!

VOTING ENDS ON APRIL 18TH, SO PLEASE VOTE FOR US EVERY DAY TO HELP US WIN!!

TO VOTE in The Animal Rescue Site $100,000 Shelter+ Challenge.
  Go to: The Amimal Rescue Site at http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/
  Click on large purple Click Here to Give - It's Free
  Click on Help Your Favorite Animal Shelter Win a Prize button at the top of the page
  Enter in "Real Rescue Inc, Arcadia OK" 
  
Be sure to verify your vote by typing in the name of the animal they show. 

 Every time you vote, or tell a friend to vote, you are making a huge difference for us.


               Click every day!                     Vote today!  
The Animal Rescue Site is a "Click to Give" website. You help fund food and 
care for animals with just a click of your mouse. It's free, and only takes a second of your time. Thank you so much!
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Posted: Apr 5, 2010 1:18am
Oct 7, 2009

Dear friend,

The Animal Rescue Site is again hosting a special challenge for eligible Petfinder.com member shelters and rescue groups. The grand prize is a $20,000 grant, and they will be awarding many other grants to rescue groups with the most votes — a total of $100,000 in grants for animal welfare organizations.

Think how many animals we could help for $20,000!


Help us win! All you have to do is click to help rescued animals, and then vote in The Animal Rescue Site $100,000 Shelter+ Challenge. Both of these actions are absolutely free! You can vote once a day, every day, from September 14th through December 20th, 2009. Every time you vote, or tell a friend to vote, you are making a huge difference for us.


As of today, we have fallen to 2,164th place overall!  Please help us go up in the rankings!!!!  We can do it if we all do it every day! And please spread the word. There are weekly prizes as well as grand prizes. 

To vote, visit: www.theanimalrescuesite.com  Click on "Click, It's Free" button (this provides funding for food to animal shelters around the country).  After you have "clicked", a new window opens, and right above the word "Thank You" is an area to vote for an animal shelter.  Click the "Vote" button, and when that window opens, enter "Real Rescue Inc" and "OK" in state, click SEARCH,  then vote for "Real Rescue Inc" in Arcadia OK. 

Please vote everyday (sign up for the daily reminder)and pass this info on to everyone you know.  This year may be our lucky year!!! 

Thank you!


-- 
http://straynomore.com/ the website for Real Rescue Inc. 

>^,,^<  

♥ Within the heart of every stray
Lies the singular desire to be loved. ♥ 
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Posted: Oct 7, 2009 2:08am
Sep 26, 2009

This was a true story my friend Chris (who is co-founder of Real Rescue Inc Animal Rescue and Sanctuary) wrote to me. I wanted to share it with you.

When I was in the 5th grade I read the story of Cher Ami and I never forgot it.  One day when I was 16 there was a pigeon on top of the mail box at Kitchens Korner grocery on Eastern Ave.  I walked by and it did not leave.  I came back and it let me catch him.  I took him home, and he became Pete.  

Pete became one of my best child hood friends.  I wanted to release him, but I was afraid he would leave and never come back, although he seemed to be happy there.  I decided to train him to come to me before I released him.  I put a string on his foot and took him outside for flying trips.  I motioned for him to fly and land on me and he learned very quickly.  After a while I released him from the string and he flew all around, but he always came back at my request and landed on me.  I built him a nesting box outside my upstairs window, and he came in and out of my bedroom from that window.  He had his freedom completely then, and I had his friendship.  It was ideal.  

One day I was riding my horse in the pasture, and we were galloping up a hill.  Pete came into view flying above us.  Then all of a sudden he landed on the mane of my horse.  It did not scare her like I thought it would, and he rode along with me for a while and then took off in full flight.  As he took off in flight my eyes followed him as we galloped uphill, and it felt like my horse and I had taken off into the sky with him.  It was really exciting, and it became a sometime thing, and I looked forward to this adventure.  

One day when I came home from Houston late morning from a basketball trip, Pete greeted me at the door.  I petted him and told him I had to sleep a while.  When I woke up, he was gone, and I never saw him again.

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Posted: Sep 26, 2009 3:19pm
Sep 26, 2009

This was a true story my friend Chris (who is co-founder of Real Rescue Inc Animal Rescue and Sanctuary) wrote to me. I wanted to share it with you.

When I was in the 5th grade I read the story of Cher Ami and I never forgot it.  One day when I was 16 there was a pigeon on top of the mail box at Kitchens Korner grocery on Eastern Ave.  I walked by and it did not leave.  I came back and it let me catch him.  I took him home, and he became Pete.  

Pete became one of my best child hood friends.  I wanted to release him, but I was afraid he would leave and never come back, although he seemed to be happy there.  I decided to train him to come to me before I released him.  I put a string on his foot and took him outside for flying trips.  I motioned for him to fly and land on me and he learned very quickly.  After a while I released him from the string and he flew all around, but he always came back at my request and landed on me.  I built him a nesting box outside my upstairs window, and he came in and out of my bedroom from that window.  He had his freedom completely then, and I had his friendship.  It was ideal.  

One day I was riding my horse in the pasture, and we were galloping up a hill.  Pete came into view flying above us.  Then all of a sudden he landed on the mane of my horse.  It did not scare her like I thought it would, and he rode along with me for a while and then took off in full flight.  As he took off in flight my eyes followed him as we galloped uphill, and it felt like my horse and I had taken off into the sky with him.  It was really exciting, and it became a sometime thing, and I looked forward to this adventure.  

One day when I came home from Houston late morning from a basketball trip, Pete greeted me at the door.  I petted him and told him I had to sleep a while.  When I woke up, he was gone, and I never saw him again.

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Posted: Sep 26, 2009 12:48pm
Sep 3, 2009
Today's Note from The Universe - a daily email i get from www.tut.com

Do you know why dogs are so quick to wag their tails and cats are so quick to purr? Even the ones that have been lonely, abused, and betrayed? 

Because, as is true of all animals, they were instilled with the distant awareness that no matter what the world shows them, they're still deeply loved and needed, that their presence alone has made a difference, and that in just the shake of a leg, seemingly without reason or rhyme, everything can FANTASTICALLY change for the better. 

As is true of all people, except sometimes they tend to forget.

 

Purrfectly,
    The Universe

 


Thoughts become things... choose the good ones! ® 
© www.tut.com ®

Oh yeah, and they also instinctively believe in miracles.

 

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Posted: Sep 3, 2009 2:36am
Aug 29, 2009

A Dog's Purpose (from a 6-year-old)

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to
examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. 
The dog's owners, Ron, his wife, Lisa,
and their little boy, Shane, were all very
attached to Belker,and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of
cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker,
and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the 
old dog in their home. 
As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me
they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to 
observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might
learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my
throat as Belker's family surrounded him. Shane 
seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I 
wondered if he understood what was going on.

Within a few minutes, Belker slipped
peacefully away. The little boy seemed to accept Belker's
transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat 
together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud
about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than 
human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, 
piped up, 'I know why.'

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out
of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more
comforting explanation. He said, 'People are born so that they
can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice,
right?' The six-year-old continued, 'well, dogs already
know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.'

Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would
learn things like: 

When loved ones come home, always run to
greet them. 

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a
joyride. 

Allow the experience of fresh air and the
wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy. 

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the
grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie
under a shady tree.

When you're happy, dance around and wag your
entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you are not. 

If what you want lies buried, dig until you
find it. Persevere.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent,
sit close by and nuzzle them gently.

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Posted: Aug 29, 2009 5:27pm
Aug 29, 2009

I looked at all the caged animals in the shelter . . .
the cast-offs of human society.
I saw in their eyes love and hope, fear and dread,
sadness and betrayal. And I was angry.
God, I said, this is terrible! Why don't you do
something?
God was silent for a moment, and then He spoke softly.
I have done something, He replied. I created You.
Jim Willis, Author

The Starfish Story
adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)
Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean.""I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "It made a difference for that one."

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Posted: Aug 29, 2009 5:20pm
Aug 29, 2009

" I have not mentioned the pigs and goats much at the sanctuary. They come from all animal shelters in the area. Found on the street or left at abandoned homes after their people moved out....things like that. Sometimes we have to go to the abandoned barn or house and try to catch them. We have had to invent techniques for this. We have about 22 pigs there and 3 goats and one barbado sheep; we have placed 5 pigs in the last seven years and about 4 goats. In placing these animals, one really has to feel comfortable that they are going to be pets and not passed along through the food chain or sold at public livestock auctions after being used to clear brush as far as the goats are concerned.

Betsy is our largest white pig although she came to us as our smallest pig.Pot bellied pigs are white or white/black or black usually. We have a couple of golden brown ones but people tell us that is a sure sign of another type pig being involved. Betsy was left in a nurse's front yard in a small basket as a baby. She had a note with her that said, "please take care of Clementine for us. We had to move and could not take her and we thought you would be the best place. She is very sweet and cuddly." The nurse was an animal person but she did not know how to care for a baby pig or have a place for her. When she called, I wanted to encourage her to keep her as a house pet but when there is reluctance on the other side in regard to trying something new, well, it is not something to push when it comes to animals. So we took her in as one of our pot bellied pigs. And in a very short time, she was the largest pig we had...almost doubling the size of our other pot bellied pigs. Someone saw her at the farm, and said, 'that's no pot bellied pig..had to have some Hampshire in her.'

So little Clementine became big Betsy like sweet Betsy from Pike who crossed the wide prairies with her husband Ike..
She is sweet. They were right about that and although she doubles the size of most of the pigs, everyone, even the smallest pot bellied pig, pushes her around. Why is that. I wonder. It may simply be the fact that she is different. She did not grow up with siblings either fighting for a place. But I wonder if there is a pecking order having to do with smell that says..hey..you are not really one of us, and I do not care how big you are... so go to the back of the line. At any rate, she does not fight it but obeys the internal pecking order.

Now this presents a little quandry for me at feeding time. I call the goats in...the real pigs of the bunch, to lock them in the carport area so they will not eat all the pigs' food. I then go to the pig pans one by one. Betsy is always bumped pan to pan until we are out of pans. I continue my route and call Tilly, Elmo and Pepper to the bottom lot to feed these 3 older pigs separately and they come running even if they have a pig pan and are eating away with the other pigs. They leave the food. They like to be fed separately in their very own area. They bump each other around but they are small bumps with only three pigs and close by pans to contend with. And when I give the bread over the fence, they have all they can eat down there.

Well Betsy has caught on. Yes that is a good deal she sees and wants in on it. But I am reluctant to let her in on the deal. She is young and big, and does not seem to fit the three old pigs either. I am concerned she would eat most all of it. She has done that when the gate was not closed tight and she snuck in after me. I block her at the gate, and tell her no. She looks at me and slowly turns around. She looks back, and I shake my head, and she trots off quickly trying to find a pan before it is all gone. It took me a while to learn how verbal pigs are. Almost more than dogs and cats, they respond to oral statements. This makes them easy to work with. Otherwise size would prohibit turning her around. Betsy asks me every day and I say no and she turns around. I will have to figure out something special for her. But I also think. Every day it is something new, and with every group of animals I approach there is a world of life and interaction taking place which we only get a glimpse of as we pass by. At a time when I used to eat my bacon and rush to work, I am now trying to figure out how to help Betsy. "

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Posted: Aug 29, 2009 5:17pm
Aug 27, 2009

I made this group for Real Rescue Inc Animal Rescue and Sanctuary. It was co-founded by my friend and his wife in 2001.  Chris was my best friend in high school and i recently connected with him.  Chris and Dana met rescuing a family of skunks, and their love of animals is a strong thread in their marriage and their lives.  Chris literally gives his life to his rescue and sanctuary. He works 40 hours a week at a job job to provide the bare basics for himself, but the rest of his income goes to RRI. When he finishes his job he drives out to his shelter property and then the real work begins, sometimes til 5 a.m., feeding, treating for fleas... and taking care of 180 some odd dogs, and a few pigs, a few goats, a horse, and about 20 cats. He is struggling to find good help to ease the workload on him, and also to make ends meet for food, supplies, flea treatments, vet bills.  

My husband and I are going to try to make them a more updated website. The website currently is at http://www.straynomore.com/index.html  

"We are a true "no-kill" shelter and have never euthanized any animal due to lack of placement. The term "no-kill is often used with the catch phrase "no-kill of adoptable animals" meaning someone at some time decides if an animal is placeable or not. This is not our policy. We believe every animal is either adoptable or will be a resident of the sanctuary area of our Rescue. As a sanctuary animal he/she will live out their life with human contact, food, medical care, and shelter. Many are finally adopted, sometimes after years of being with us. We try to help any creature that crosses our path and is in need of assistance. We provide whatever medical, psychological, physical and nutritional care the animal needs. Of course, this is expensive and we depend entirely on tax-deductible contributions from family, friends, and supporters. We especially try to help elderly and handicapped animals and people. We do accept animals from individuals and other groups when space permits. "

I made this group quite honestly because I wanted a group of friends who are passionate about animals to join me and share with me and support me supporting them - and to support them by, if nothing else, being aware of their heroic efforts and their caring for the animals they have accepted and rescued. Please send your good thoughts and blessings and prayers their way! As Chris said to me, and it is so true, "Within the heart of every stray lies the singular desire to be loved."

“Life is as dear to the mute creature as it is to a man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not to die, so do other creatures.”——His Holiness The Dalai Lama

“They too, are created by the same loving hand of God which Created us...It is our duty to Protect Them and to promote their well-being.”—Mother Teresa

“We should remember in our dealings with animals that they are a sacred trust to us from our Heavenly Father. They are dumb and cannot speak for themselves”—Harriet Beecher Stowe
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