Lisa has been one of my most loyal readers and supporters since I started pawcurious. We bonded last year over the losses that ripped out our hearts- my Emmett and her Bailey. Read on to find out what amazing idea has come out of her grief and sadness.
You remember Bailey and Lisa, right? I bet you do. Here’s what she wrote me:
The first thing I did after Bailey left was to get a tattoo — a heart with a pawprint on it, later with her name added. Then, a couple of weeks later, I attended the Humane Society’s Taking Action for Animals conference. I was already scheduled to attend, but I thought about passing it up since I was so very sad about Bailey. But it was because of Bailey that I wanted to find my way to help animals in a broader sense, and I am so happy I went.
There’s nothing to soothe you in your grief like being surrounded by a thousand animal lovers who understand your pain and take time to offer comfort. I learned so much at that conference (and became a vegetarian as a result!), but I was still searching for my own path to helping animals.
I began a Graduate Certificate in Animal Studies at Humane Society University last fall and, while doing class research on animal loss, I found my answer. I am planning to open a senior dog sanctuary and hospice, and I am calling it Bailey’s Grace. My love for her opened my heart to love more animals (not that I didn’t already, but it got a little more tangible) and when I hit on this idea after much searching, it just felt like the heavens had opened.
I was lucky during Bailey’s last week of life, because I had a job in which I could call my boss and say “Bailey’s really sick and I’m not coming in” and his reply was “Let me know what I can do. You just take care of yourself and Bailey.” I know that not everyone has that luxury. And it breaks my heart. So I want a place where seniors have a wonderful place to live out their last months/years, and where sick dogs (and their families when possible) have a peaceful place to spend their last days, surrounded by comfort and love.
I love that Lisa is doing this and I can’t wait to see how she grows this into something beautiful. A senior dog sanctuary and hospice? That is incredible. Just amazing.
In the meantime, she asked if anyone out there has pointers for her or experience with starting a website and a blog. I know how to write a blog- well, kind of- but the logistics of one designed to support a nonprofit is a foreign concept to me. Anyone reading who has already walked this path and is willing to share their wisdom? I can help out with guest posts, eating garbage live, etc….