Dear TRUU members and friends,
In January, 2014, Chris and I adopted a scruffy, sad little dog that we named Molly. She was rescued from a “high-
kill shelter” somewhere in Texas and taken to Boulder to be adopted. In one of his most heroic moves ever, Chris drove to Boulder and back in one day to retrieve this little creature. (I had a TRUU board meeting and couldn’t go.) She had fleas—she had kennel cough—she was trembling in fear of, well, almost everything! Her hair—what little there was—was matted and tangled and dirty. She had not been spayed. I must admit that I was appalled when I first laid eyes on her! But it didn’t take long for her to worm her way into our hearts, and now she is the happiest, most energetic little “terrierist” you could ever hope to meet. I am slightly embarrassed to admit that she sleeps right between us, curled up in a soft little ball of fur.
I’ve had dogs my whole life, but this is the first rescue pup I’ve ever had, and when I think that this creature, who brings such joy to our lives, would have been killed in just a matter of days, it makes me doubly grateful that we saved her life, and that she enriches ours.
I know that Colorado Animal Rescue has hundreds, if not thousands of similar stories about the dogs and cats they have placed with loving families. As Unitarians, we are taught to respect “the interdependent web of all existence, of which we are a part.” So this alliance between TRUU and CARE is a natural connection. If you have never attended The Blessing of the Animals, you are in for a rare treat. If you have attended in the past, then you know what a special event it is. And every year it’s a little bit different. This year we will be honoring the wonderful service animals in our area, including Frasier “the courthouse dog” from River Bridge Child Advocacy Center, and service dogs from Heeling Partners of the Roaring Fork Valley.
Our beloved musicians Jimmy Byrne and Ellen Stapenhorst will provide the music; our minister Florence Caplow will provide the blessings; CARE will provide the waiting-to-be-adopted animals; and TRUU will provide refreshments. PLEASE COME. PLEASE BRING YOUR FAMILY, YOUR FRIENDS, YOUR NEIGHBORS, AND ESPECIALLY YOUR PETS! In the past we have had dogs, cats, hamsters, rabbits, goats, turtles, etc. All are part of the web. All deserve to be blessed.
Dress for the weather, as this event is held outside. 10:30 AM. 10-10-15 (Oct. 10, 2015)
This event is free, but a suggested donation of a small bag of dog or cat food, or a cash donation to CARE, is suggested.
Hope to see you there!
Sue Coyle, TRUU Board President