When I grow up I wanna be famous, be a county councillor, and lock dogs in a trailer without water whilst the sun turns it into a oven…

Yes, things must have got a bit heated in Craig Lovett’s home yesterday. After all, dogs hidden away in a cattle trailer with their heads hanging out between the only gaps to air doesn’t quite fit in with the same picture perfect public image a county councillor aims to perfect in a ‘Van Goghish’ way. [...]

Rescue Island: a whole lot of true love

Today we lost our oldest rescue dog called Barney. Our life time together never ran smoothly but our love for him did. No, Barney wouldn’t have turned many heads in the pound and the chat might not have been too good when it came to kennel no.3. I shouldn’t have been In Monaghan pound five [...]

The Ugly Story about a Duckling

When I was eleven I asked Alan Deegan who was in my class to carve our names in a heart up high on a tree. Now I was so in love (in the eleven year old sense) that I thought ‘sure why wouldn’t we have our names carved on a tree’ that happened to stand [...]

Let me tell you about vile

Anger seemed to follow me around the yard yesterday - like a shadow I couldn’t separate from. And behind that blinding emotion lied a lot of other - more understandable ones, that I looked at during the night as I bottle fed a newborn kitten.  On Sunday I read the word ‘vile’ and ‘scum’ many [...]

Your horse is tied to a pole!

To the people who tether their horses - just a few questions today!  When you tie your horse to the pole, how do you think he will feed himself when the green grass beneath turns to mud? Will he dig for the roots to stop the hunger pains or focus on the green fields surrounding [...]

Did I ever tell you the story about a lady who…

Everyday we are drip fed diverse stories from rescues: lives saved, lives lost, funding needed, funding raised. It is not about the rescuer: it’s about the act, the act of rescuing or gifting a dignified ending. The fact we know little about rescuers themselves pretty much summarises their characters: selfless & altruistic - animals come [...]

From a whisper to a scream: fighting for what is theirs

I’ve pretty much broken up with the idea of ‘if you do good, good things will happen you.’ But like any break-up, once you get over it and get on with it, things just tip along: peaks and valleys. No matter how good or how careful you are, the valleys will trip you up for [...]

The sometimes fixable fate

Yesterday we lost a little rescue called Ashling: a calico who did automatic flips to get a belly rub as you passed. She personified sweetness. Losing a rescue plunges your mind back into the ‘what ifs’. Our mind - if given a choice would choose chaos and pain. I guess that’s why working on peace [...]

Dead Horses: their telling tales

If horses were a prominent character in fairytales and their story-lines mimicked their realities & endings, children would be asking you a lot of questions. You see children have no filter: they just ‘spit it out’. They ‘want to know’ and they more than likely will never give up asking until you formulate an age [...]