|Jasso, riding in the car|
One advantage of being cynical is the great surprise and elation I experience when I encounter some of the best of humanity. It's even better when it comes completely out of the blue. So it was one day a while back when I received an email from a fellow shepherd lover. This person actually fostered the first dog I adopted from VGSR, my Gypsy, Queen of the Universe. (All hail Queen Gypsy.) Apparently she has shepherd-loving friends who knit and has shared my blog with them. Several of them have become regular readers and like many, were especially moved by Jasso's story.
The email said that the group was knitting an afghan that it would raffle off and that they had chosen to donate the proceeds to help our rescue operation. I was blown away by the gesture of kindness, and true to their word, the funds came in to our Paypal account with the notice to use the money in any way I saw fit for our dogs, personal or foster.
I used part of the money to fill in the gap in my fencing, so I can let the old dogs out to wander around, do their business, and patrol the yard in safety. (See, "The things we do for love", 6/8/2016.) I expect that the balance of it will be used for a future foster dog that is waiting in the wings.
All I can say is "thank you." The words are inadequate to express my appreciation -- for the gift, for the gesture of support, and for keeping alive a glimmer of hope for humanity.