|Posted by Val Fox on October 21, 2013 at 8:25 PM|
Yesterday there was a bison kill nearby. People gathered to pray for the animals, then a number of participants cut up the meat to be used in ceremonies and feasts. Nothing is wasted. When I realized what was happening I turned my head away from the window and got busy with other tasks. I respect those who uphold past traditions, yet my love for animals keeps me from participating. I would rather see them running in the field, living as they did a century ago.
Last week another stray dog arrived and we've been trying to locate its owners. Yesterday, two more stray horses showed up. Sometimes I wonder if we should start or work together with an animal rescue organization, It would take some serious fund-raising to build such a thing, but we have plenty of space and a deep regard for every animal that crosses our path. We would have to come up with a plan for a not-for-profit entity. I will look for some direction from those who have or are currently operating such a venture. Below is a photo of the little dog we have not yet named. I hope we can find his family.
The trailer continues to provide a cozy place to sleep and work. Now that summer is over I have parked the RV next to the house, out of the wind. The yard is big enough so that it still feels like I'm camping. The closest neighbours live about 1/2 km away. Each day I nurture the gratitude I feel for living in wide open spaces, where I can watch the birds and animals, where I can light a campfire in the yard and view a star-filled sky at night.
I'm currently working on a story for a Christmas anthology to be published in time for the holiday season. My book about working the front line with kids is almost complete. Then, I must decide to market it the "old" way with a publishing house, or publish it myself. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. I am eager to get the opinions of others who have already published one or more books. Writing website copy also keeps me busy.
For those of you reading this, I'd love to hear from you. Just send a note on the CONTACT ME button and I will be happy to reply. Bye for now, and stay safe.
Tags: southern Alberta; writers; Alberta prairie; life on the rez; dog rescue; horse rescue in Alberta;
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