Thursday, March 17, 2011

For Japan With Love...

Tomorrow I will honor a moment of blog silence for the victims of the unthinkable natural disaster taking shape in Japan.

If you haven't heard of For Japan With Love, please check it out. You can donate directly (in support of ShelterBox), and if you are a blogger, you can consider joining me/us in a day of blog silence tomorrow.


Amongst the endless images we've seen coming out of this news, I came upon this one, of two dogs presumably caught in the tsunami and displaced by its after-effects. As you know, we are MAJOR animal lovers, and I have to admit I was absolutely petrified to click on the link. But I did. And what I found was a picture of animal love, which sums up just why these creatures are so special. One of the two appears to be in a grave state, and the other will not leave his/her friend's side. He/she circles the suffering dog, protecting him/her from anyone who approaches, clearly unwilling to abandon or leave vulnerable his/her furry companion.

There's a link on the page to a donation site for supporting animals affected by this tragedy. It's through World Vets: International Aid for Animals, an organization that sponsors aid efforts for animals around the world. While I hadn't heard of it before, I checked out, and am happy to find such an organization, doing such honorable work on behalf of our animal friends. For some this will be a meaningful, alternate way to participate in the relief efforts on the other side of the globe.

It's easy to get caught up in what's happening in our own present, but moments like this one across the world can and should be a reminder that we're part of something big, and that caring for those you love - your family, your friends, your home - is really what we live for. So we continue to build our Home, here in our own little present in Chicago, and we also continue to care for our bigger home...

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