Me and all four pups went outside early this morning with two leashes, Mumford tangles and all. The grass was crunchy, the sky was clear and the air was TOO COLD! Did I mention that I hate winter? If not, I’m mentioning it now and if so, I’m mentioning it again. I don’t handle the cold well and it’s getting worse but there is no sense complaining about things you can’t change (unless you win the lottery and move to a tropical island). I hate winter. Write that down. There may be a test later.

We don’t count the number of times we take the dogs outside every day because it doesn’t matter. They need to go. Day or night, rain or shine, snow, sleet, stormy wind or smoky vapor, some things have to be done. Even when we’re sick or hurt the show must go on. Fortunately, the Missus and I hardly ever get sick, unlike some people we know. I believe the reason for that is we try to eat right, we take care of ourselves and we stay away from sick people and people who have been around sick people. Likewise, our animals rarely get sick because we give them the best care possible. It’s not easy and it costs a lot of money but day or night, rain or shine, snow…you get the idea. We make sacrifices because others depend on us.

Everyone makes sacrifices for their family, friends and critters and they make sacrifices for us. For example, Mumford REALLY wanted to sleep in this morning but she rose to the occasion with a little coaxing. That was a big sacrifice for her. The Duchess was laying comfortably next to Buddy’s cubby yet she got up and went out with us. The walk in the yard is uncomfortable for their old bones at times but the dogs keep plugging along. I believe they do it for our sake and we do it for theirs.

Life is hard. It wears us down. It would be so much easier to pull the blankets over our heads and not get up but we keep going…for others. We make sacrifices for others because we love them and they sacrifice for us for the same reason. We might have to use every bit of strength we have to put one foot in front of the other and sometimes we wonder why. It’s okay to wonder why you know, because when we ask that question, the answer will remind us why we do what we do. Knowing gives us the strength to carry on and we all need to be reminded now and then.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
9 Two people are better than one, because they can reap more benefit from their labor.
10 For if they fall, one will help his companion up, but pity the person who falls down and has no one to help him up.

There are a lot of people who are alone or think they are alone. They don’t have someone to pick them up. They don’t have someone to remind them that they are loved and needed. That’s where we come in. We find them and we tell them, but more than tell them, we show them and someday they might show us. That’s how it works, you know. That’s how this whole thing works. But there are also people who do have someone and that someone isn’t picking them up or reminding them. Make sure you are doing that. It’s important to them and ultimately to you.

You are important. I just wanted to remind you of that. Can I help you up? Seriously.

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Joyce Ellis is the CEO and Caretaker of WarmFuzzy's Animal Shelter & Sanctuary. She was born with the vision, the Energizer Bunny who keeps going and going. She is Fuzzy1 of all WarmFuzzy's.

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