Prairie dogs keep watch in the Bernalillo bosque
Rocky passed through today
—Richard “Bugman” Fagerlund
I was called today to rescue a little squirrel that was caught in a pipe. It appeared that the helpless squirrel had been in the pipe for several days and was seriously dehydrated. I pulled him out and he was breathing, but barely. A little water on his lips and he moved. I put the little angel in a box on a towel and took him home to Holly. We tried for several hours to revive the squirrel, but to no avail. He was ready to move on and explore another universe.
From the time I pulled him from the pipe, to when I introduced him to Holly, to when he moved on, we never stopped thinking about how to save him. It didn't help; Rocky wanted to move along.
I have no idea why a single squirrel out of hundreds of animals, birds, and lower forms of life that I meet every day would stick out so much in my thoughts and totally consume an afternoon. Isn't every squirrel the same? What is the difference between Rocky and the squirrel you see on the road that got hit by a car?
Holly and I had the opportunity to look into Rocky's eyes, even as they were only half-open. We saw his little heart and glowing soul, and we caressed him, hoping to revive his will to live.
We don't know why he left, but we do know we saw a little smile in his eyes when we looked at him. We both shed a few tears over a squirrel we only knew for a few hours but who epitomized the life and loves of every squirrel, no, every animal, we have ever met or will meet in the future.
Someone once said that when a butterfly dies in the jungle, the whole world changes. I don't know, but that is probably correct. We can say that when a little soul goes to the next plateau in our living room, our world changes and changes for the better.
It boggles the mind to think that there are people on this planet that can go out and shoot, or worse yet, trap any living thing and deliberately destroy its heart and soul. Every animal, every being in the universe shares the single soul of the Creator, and if you look into the eyes of any animal, that will become perfectly clear.
We looked into Rocky's eyes while he was here, and we saw his little soul and we loved what we saw. Rocky passed through our hearts today and Holly and I are better off for it.
The Bugman is available for consulting and will visit your home or business (in New Mexico) to help you set up a nontoxic pest management program. He is also available for speaking engagements during daytime hours. He can be reached at 440-8288 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zoey’s TLC receives kennel club accreditation
The American Boarding Kennels Association, the international trade association for boarding kennels, has notified Rita and Larry Challenger, owners of Zoey’s TLC Bed & Breakfast for Dogs & Cats, Inc. that their kennel has been awarded the status of Accredited. This status is conferred upon facilities that successfully complete the Facilities Accreditation Program administered by the association, requiring the participating kennel to pass detailed inspections in sixteen different areas of animal care and management. It is designed to provide boarding and kennel operators with standards of excellence in all areas of pet care, and to provide pet owners with a method of identifying those kennels which meet the standards.
Zoey’s TLC, in operation in the Rio Rancho area since September 2002, is at 114 Industrial Park Place NE in Rio Rancho and offers boarding, grooming, day care, and training.