Before You Go To Heaven…

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Before You Go To Heaven By Ashley Owen Hill

Annie had never known happiness. She had been beaten, starved, and neglected all of her life, and then she was dumped in a shelter to die.

Annie waited on death row, terrified and lonely… crying every night for someone to help her. She was very ill, so the pound asked if I was willing to take her. Yep, I’m on my way.

When I saw Annie, it was obvious that she was very sick. She was underweight, coughing, and having trouble breathing, in addition to severe skin and eye issues. The vet told me that Annie had advanced heartworm disease, congestive heart failure, and several other life-threatening conditions.

It was highly unlikely that she would pull through any of the treatments, and she would suffer tremendously throughout the process. The vet asked me if I wanted to go ahead with euthanasia. I replied: “Not yet. I’ll bring her back next week. Annie needs to know love… before she goes to Heaven.”

That day, I brought Annie home with me. I looked at her… so broken, so sickly, so unsure of whether she could trust… and I cried. I sobbed uncontrollably for Annie. Over the sad life she had led, the abuse she had endured, and now the life she would never have… thanks to the worthless people who never cared for her. And while I was bawling like a baby, Annie walked over and licked my tears, as if to say: “Don’t be sad. It’ll be okay.” I was speechless.

This precious, wounded soul was comforting me. This girl, who had never known compassion in her life, was consoling me. And so, I got up, stopped my crying, and vowed to give her the best week of her entire life. No more crying. Not around Annie. She deserves to know only happiness now.

That week, Annie slept in the bed with me. She ate the best food. She played as much as her little heart could stand. She laid next to me on the couch for belly rubs. She laughed at funny movies with me. That week, Annie was special. That week, Annie was home… for the first time in her life.

Every day, Annie and I sat on my special bench by Rudy’s grave and talked to him. I told Rudy that he would have a new friend in Heaven soon, and I asked him to take care of her. I told Rudy all about Annie, and Annie all about Rudy. Annie loved our talks with Rudy. She loved anything that involved love… she’d never had it before.

When Annie got so weak that it was painful for her to live, I took her to the vet to end her suffering. I stayed with her, I comforted her… and Annie wasn’t afraid. She was happy, because I was there with her. Her mom was by her side… the only family she had ever known. The only person who had ever truly loved her. She was finally safe.

Annie knew it was time… it hurt too much to go on. And I was there to hold her, to love her, to say, “It’s okay. You can go now, baby girl.” And as they stuck her with the needle… I whispered into her ear… “Know that I loved you. Know that you mattered. Know that you finally belonged to someone—you were everything to me. You will never really be gone, because you’ll live forever in my heart. Thank you for sharing your last days with me. It was truly an honor to love you.”

As the drugs entered Annie’s veins, she looked up at me one last time, and her eyes said… “Thank you for saving me. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for showing me what life could be like… and for giving me a family. I always wanted one. I love you.” And just before she closed her eyes forever, I said: “When you get to Heaven, ask for Rudy. Tell him I sent you.”

And then… she was gone. I buried Annie in my backyard next to Rudy. She died on September 14, 2010. But the week before her death… she finally lived.

Ashley Owen Hill

Ashley is the Founder of Lucky Dog Rescue Blog

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PD: Stafford Springs man pulled horse tied to truck

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TAFFORD SPRINGS, CT (WFSB) –

Connecticut State Police have launched an investigation after neighbors in Stafford Springs complained a man pulled his horse behind his pickup truck with a rope.

Culver Modisette, the 86-year-old horse owner, told Channel 3 he’s “not very familiar” with Annie his pure bred Arabian horse and meant no harm.

Irate neighbors said the horse could have died, but Modisette said the animal is currently in fine health.

Modisette said the horse got loose early Sunday morning, venturing to a neighbor’s house next door in hopes of mating with the male horses there, he said.

“What else was I going to do?” asked Modisette. “I’ve got to bring her down, I can’t leave her up there.”

Modisette used a nylon strap to attach the horse to the back of his pickup truck.

“I was just trying to get her down in her stable for her breakfast and apples and so forth,” Modisette said. “No malicious intent.”

Helen Kelley, who said she saw Modisette tie the horse to the bumper of the truck, worried for the animal’s safety. She snapped several photographs appearing to show the horse stumbling and then falling to its side on the ground.

“I started screaming to him, ‘Stop, you’re killing your horse, cut the rope!'” she said.

Modisette did, and said he was able to walk the animal to her stable without further incident.

“I regret that I put her on the back of the truck, that was a mistake, but what else was I going to do?” Modisette said. “She just about threw me across the woods when I tried to walk her down.”

Horse goes down

But Kelley and her husband fear it could have been much worse.

“Really, he could’ve broken her neck,” she said. “It was a sad thing to watch.”

Both State Police and the Stafford Springs animal control officers are now investigating.

State Police Lt. Paul Vance said Modisette simply secured the mare in heat to lead her back to the stable. A vet examined the horse and found only minor skin wounds. Vance said police have not received a complaint against Modisette in the past.

The woman who gave the Modisettes the horse admits it was a bad mistake but she insists the couple loves the horse. She questioned why people didn’t stop to help Modisette instead of snapping pictures.

News Link:-http://www.wfsb.com/story/17654858/pd-stafford-springs-man-dragged-horse-tied-to-truck

Animal cruelty investigation

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