This week, I had a very low moment. Not only was it a low moment, but it turned out to be a very sobering life-learning experience that has caused me to step back and re-think procedures as we move toward our permanent LoveyLoaves home at the SC Sanctuary.
We had committed to taking Casper, a beautiful one year old Pit with Demodex. This gorgeous pup knows commands, is crate trained, good with kids and pets, and had been raised in a family setting prior to being surrendered to the shelter. She couldn’t be adopted from the shelter due to the Demodex, which is why we were asked to take her.
We spend most of our time doing rehabilitation for back injuries so we are new to Demodex, although through formal education I know it's not contagious to humans or pets. In researching treatment protocols the evening before we picked up Casper, I ran across some information that boggled my mind. Demodex is not contagious except under one condition. It is contagious to humans with compromised immune systems. I have lupus.
Last year while working on the 2015 goals for LoveyLoaves Rescue, I felt led to approach our local schools to see if I could talk to children about specially-abled dogs and how meaningful and enriching their lives can be. Our children are such an important part of our community, but they often get overlooked because, well... they are children.
The idea of speaking in schools has been a difficult one for me because I don’t generally bond with children. I had been procrastinating with the follow through of this because of my hang-up, and I basically dropped the ball. Well, apparently God felt that I needed a pretty big push. In January, I was contacted by Legacy Middle School and was asked to come share some insight into LoveyLoaves with their students.