Last night we said goodbye to yet another furry rescue friend. We honored her life by loving her enough to let her go, it was time. Rico was 18 years old and in April would have turned 19. She had survived a misdiagnoses of FIP at age 7, a mass cell cancer tumor at age 12 and a stroke that had initially left her paralyzed at age 17. Each time she demonstrated courage, resilience and a desire to live that is hard to find. Her eyes would shine with vitality and a determination that made you believe that she could do it, and would do it and low and behold she did. With the help of her loving family, the support of her fellow rescue companions and the rallying cries of #TeamRico from friends and animal lovers everywhere she persevered. She raised her head and was able to eat again and then she walked again, wobbly and off balance but she walked. She even hopped at times and we beamed with pride and gratitude. Rico became the miracle kitty.
We have been involved in rescue for many, many years and have had the good fortune of working with amazing people and animal companions all over New England and as far as Utah. Volunteering and doing anything we can to help in the plight of animals is at the core of our beings. Since moving to Connecticut in 2006 we have had to say goodbye to 15 furry angels that had lived with us in our home. We have loss many others too. These angels may have arrived in horrific conditions from a transport, or went missing in our feral colony or passed on after being born to sick to a feline Mom who was suffering herself from neglect after being rescued from a hoarder. Each time it hurts, each time you know you provided the best care you could and each time you cry. They have left lasting marks on our hearts regardless if they were here for 1 day or 18 years. They mattered. Their lives were meaningful. Their message and lessons powerful. We have honored each and every one of them the best way we can by continuing to speak up for animals and push the agenda of a humane No Kill Society whenever possible. We want nothing more than for all animals to have loving homes filled with respect, kindness and compassion.
Today’s #fearLESS spark is to be present. I think about that daily. To remain present in each moment with each life that you come into contact with, animal or human. To listen, to engage and to be kind. To give attention and affection and compassion. Be present, simple but in today’s society not always easy. Sit with your animal companions friends and just listen. Listen to their breath, their heart beat, touch their fur, and feel their unconditional love. Their eyes are filled with so much wisdom and their hearts have the purest of love. They have lessons to teach. They have a purpose in life. Pay attention. They leave us far to soon, but they say that’s because they have fewer lessons to learn than we do.
I often think of the quote that one of my favorite motivational speakers Wayne Dyer would say. “Don’t die with your music still inside you”. Rico played her music every single day and she shared it with others. She was an inspiration through her actions and how she carried herself in life. All of our animal companion angels did. In their own unique, beautiful and loving way they shared their music with us. I could write endless pages on all of them and all the amazing things they did in their short lifetimes. They did not die with their music inside of them, and neither should you.
How do you connect with your own animal companions or others? Are you present?