Sunday, June 5, 2011
Here is Bailey in the arms of Alayne, one of the dynamic duo that takes care of about 50 "disabled" dogs and blind horses. Rolling Dog Ranch in New Hampshire exists solely for the purpose of giving dogs like Bailey, who I think suffered from a spinal degenerative disease and would have most certainly been put down anywhere else, a happy and safe existence for the rest of their lives.
I strongly encourage you to not only donate to this wonderful place but to read their blog on a regular basis. What angels Steve and Alayne are to all of these animals. And what a readership they have! I can assure you there were and are many tears shed over Mr. Bailey. We've all seen him be adopted by RDR from a hoarding situation and need to be nursed back to health. (Hoarders are called that because of the obvious -- they take on too many animals to care for -- but what is less obvious is that many of the animals, due to cost and limited hours in the day, are usually medically neglected and often thin from having to eat amongst many animals at once.
Steve writes the blog. Alayne cooks the food -- yes, for all the animals. Their home is also their job, and while many of us envy them for a perfect life, it's a lot of work. Reading their blog you will learn about various diets they've tried for their dogs, more medical issues than a nursing home, about horses and grazing and pastures -- and all sorts of things on a real ranch, but the best of all is the heartfelt stories of dogs like Bailey, who live out their final years in the lap of luxury and happiness, allowing their full personalities to come out and for them to feel secure and loved. Read a while, you'll see what I mean.
In the picture above, Alayne is taking Bailey on his Daily Constitutional around the house, wrapped in a blanket, because he was incontinent and because she didn't want him to miss out on anything.
Thank you Steve and Alayne, and we'll-see-you-on-the-other-side to Mr. Bailey.