We received this email from Dr. Cheryl Bater, and wanted to share it with all of you:
“I am blessed.
Given a gift, I choose to love and care for these precious souls that beseech us with tired eyes and gently wagging tails to renew their faith in our kind. There is an innate calling to share their joys and pain. To expand the former and eliminate the latter.
These dogs come into our lives long before we meet them. We know they are there. Our every moment is consumed with finding gentle, loving, healing homes for those we have yet to even meet. They are truly already “Almost Home”. Every one of them has hope – they faithfully carry hope with them; we faithfully give it back.
As a veterinarian, I see in them a simple truth – a simple beauty. I truly never see or smell or hear anything negative. I am humbled and honored to have been entrusted by God and Almost Home to guide them with my heart and skills to health, strength, and pride. Some arrive physically exhausted and terribly ill – yet always trusting and willing to bear our ministrations – somehow knowing through our gentle touch and kind words that the new discomforts they may experience with us are somehow not at all the same as the the mental and physical hardships they endured before being guided to us by angels unseen – but always with them – and by a series of kind hearts like ours yearning to help … one pet at a time.
They are no longer ill, they are HEALING. May the universe continue to give us strength, patience, skills, and continued renewed hope to guide these kind animals on their way. Peace to you … and our collies …”
– Cheryl Bater, DVM
Creature Comforts Animal Clinic