CHANGE OUR FATE
Davidson’s popular quote, “Saving one dog will not change the world, but for that dog it will change the world, forever,” is familiar to many people, either from a social reference, a mention in a book or movie, or from reading that author’s works regarding dogs. We are all faced daily with how little we ourselves can do against the injustices and horror of our present world in terms of changing policies or laws, alleviating suffering, or persuading those around us to be kinder to one another. But this phrase is a reminder that what we do each and every day DOES have an effect, and that effect is cumulative. You cannot save each animal you come in contact with in your life, but the ones you do save matter.
Yes, you’ll likely have to endure some teasing or judgment from those who think your time could be better spent elsewhere, and some of it may be harsh. Choosing to respond to blind rhetoric and sarcasm with kindness and strength of purpose may not change anyone’s views about animals, much less more controversial issues, but it will set you apart from those that just choose to retaliate with more of the same. Shouting and arguing solve nothing, if neither party is listening to what the other has to say. Having an indomitable will when it comes to what you believe is right is a step that most people have no problem taking. It’s the second step where they falter; respecting other’s views that differ from their own.
I never set out to be an animal savior, or to write a book about my experiences rescuing creatures great and small. Each time a creature in need crossed my path, I felt obligated to help, because I believed it was the right thing to do. Yes, my faith in my purpose here was part of it, but I also simply could not turn away knowing a small action on my part could make a difference between life and death. No, I wasn’t always successful in saving a life. But the actions I took alleviated some suffering, and that matters a great deal. Don’t be afraid to stand up for those that have no voice of their own, be it a cat and her kittens in a dumpster, a butterfly caught indoors, or a wounded dog who shows up at your door, abandoned and homeless. No, you can’t save them all. But together, we can make a difference. And in doing so we do change the world, a little bit at a time.
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Tara Fox Hall’s writing career began in the pages of a small print magazine, Catnip Blossoms!, that a friend, Harald Moore, put out to promote his catnip farm in Johnsonville, New York. One short nonfiction article followed another, detailing her adventures saving wildlife, her experiences living on an acreage, and more than a few humorous recountings detailing the antics of her wacky pets.
Written to delight, fascinate, and move readers, her simple but enchanting stories of country life quickly found a following. Tara kept publishing stories for the next five years, even as the name of the magazine changed to Meanwhile and then to On the River when the catnip farm went out of business and Harald moved with his family to a new home near a river.
These previously published stories are collected here for the first time with new added content in the hopes of bringing a little more hope and inspiration into everyday life.
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