"Horses do not build character, they reveal it."
unknown (via ordinaryeffect)
23 year-old writer, horseback rider, reader, nerd, and always a DG. This is a snapshot of me; random and all over the place. I am always trying to appreciate all the things that make my life the gift that it is--so these things are what make my life matter. They are just my thoughts and appreciations, take 'em or leave 'em.
These are some of them, most were golden retrivers and labradors, but also included german shepherds and other breeds. Sadly most are dead now, while many people forget them and don’t spare them a thought.
As people lay dying, trapped and hurt, a team of nearly 100 loyal and courageous search dogs put their lives on the line to help humans. Without them, many more would not have survived, yet few people consider them.
In such a chaotic, terrifying, hot, acrid-smelling, smokey and loud environment, countless human lives depended on their ability to focus, listen, respond to their handlers, and work tirelessly. Stepping over cracked glass, hot tarmac, through flames and thick smoke, being winched over deep ravines, they battled on to seek out survivors and bring them aid.
They worked around the clock, day and night, searching, sniffing, over and over. Not only did they search, but they comforted - many eyewitnesses speak of how the dogs would stop and sit by newly-recovered victims, giving them a sense of hope and relief, before moving on to look for the next. As the situation became desperate, and the rescue workers and fire teams became utterly distraught at the amount of people who were recovered dead, these dogs brought them comfort, sitting with them on breaks, letting them grieve.
Many of these dogs are old, and have passed away. Let us remember the courage and loyalty they showed at such a horrendous event. They didn’t have a choice, but nonetheless they did what was asked of them and helped save countless lives. Don’t let their bravery be forgotten today either, or their determination to be a ‘good dog’ despite the scary and dangerous environment around them.
Learn to wrap horses’ legs from Dressage riders
to do your hair in your helmet from Hunters
to make quick decisions from Jumpers
to multi-task from the Equitation riders
to care for expensive tack from western pleasure riders
to have good timing from ropers
to not be afraid of the long way from trail riders
to trust the hell out of your horse from eventers
and to appreciate insanity from all equestrians.
I love you, not for anything you have done but because of who you are. Everything about you is special to me. I appreciate the qualities, opinions, and beliefs that make you, you. I am thankful for your life and everything you have brought into mine. I want to thank you for being there whenever I…