I Read About a Horse Today...
by Marilyn Mackenzie
Animals can be so inspirational.Â I'm sure most of you have seen the videos about the dog that was born with only two legs.Â He learned to walk upright like a human.Â (If you haven't, just do a Google search and be prepared for cry.)
Today I was going through some emails at a Yahoo address that I don't visit that often.Â When I register for free stuff, I use this email just in case the address gets sold to other companies.Â It usually does and it's always full of junk and spam.Â It's also the address that I use for friends who insist on forwarding every single email they get about anything.
I've written about forwards before.Â They bug me for so many reasons.Â First, as one who (at least in the past when I had less fibro fog and more energy) has been paid to write, it bothers me that we never get to know the identity of those beautiful words.Â I wonder, really, where they originate.Â Is there one person in this universe who spends the day trolling the internet in search of beautiful words, then puts graphics and music to them and sends them to friends...who send them to friends....who send them to friends?
Another thing that bugs me about forwards is that most people who spend their days forwarding every single email they get don't think before they forward to their entire address book.Â If they were more selective, I wouldn't mind as much, although I would still worry if they were infringing on someone's copyright.Â Sending emails about women who lost their babies to someone who just had a miscarriage, for instance isn't smart. But for the person who has elected him/herself the king/queen of forwards, there is no thought or consideration about the recipients.Â They are only fueled by the need to forward.
But I digress...
Early this morning, I decided to clean out that email account.Â I carefully trashed everything that looked like pure junk and spam.Â Then I decided to quickly look at some of the forwards this guy in Lousiana sends out.
Some forwards were cute, but not cute enough to send to others or to save - just cute enough to view and say, "ahhh" as I deleted them.
Then I came across a story of a horse.Â The story was written with no mention or regard to the writer.Â That bugged me.Â But it was a story I thought should be shared.Â I searched and found a blog about this horse.Â Maybe you've already heard about Molly.
Molly was abandoned by her owners during Hurricane Katrina.Â She spent some time fending for herself, then was rescued.Â While at the rescue farm, she was attacked by a pit bull.Â Her leg became infected.Â And as you well know, many horses with infected legs are "put down."
This horse, though, was special and was given a prosthetic leg.Â
Here's what the blog says about Molly:
"The prosthetic has given Molly a whole new life," Allison Barca DVM, Molly's regular vet, reports. "And she asks for it! She will put her little limb out, and come to you and let you know that she wants you to put it on. Sometimes she wants you to take it off too." And sometimes, Molly gets away from Barca. "It can be pretty bad when you can't catch a three-legged horse," she laughs.
Most important of all, Molly has a job now. Kaye, the shelter farm owner, started taking Molly to shelters, hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers--anywhere she thought that people needed hope after losing so much in the storm. Wherever Molly went, she showed people her pluck. She inspired people. And she had a good time doing it.
"It's obvious to me that Molly had a bigger role to play in life," Moore said, "She survived the hurricane, she survived a horrible injury, and now she is giving hope to others."
Yes, indeed.Â Animals can be inspirational.Â Can you imagine the pain that Molly must have experienced?Â And yet she chose to go on.Â She chose to not bite at those trying to help her, as some animals do when they're in lots of pain.Â She chose to have a good attitude and now has a new purpose in life - to offer hope to others.
To read the whole story, click here:Â Molly the Pony