^ Simone's first bed ^
There seems to be a sentiment that if something makes me sad, I shouldn't do it. If something takes a lot out of me, maybe it's not worth doing. I understand that I need to take care of myself but I also understand that my purpose here is to help others and working with animals is the most hands-on way I do that. If I had to stop doing so, the loss I would feel would make my life fairly pointless.
I honestly believe we're here to help reduce suffering for others and that we all do that in different ways. I actually started this blog partially as escapism from my work with animals. I needed a place where it was still "helping" but wasn't draining. But that means a lot of times I just don't bother talking about feelings behind the causes. Often it's not necessary. But sometimes it is, if only to remember that we all do our part and pay the price in whatever way it manifests. Maybe I'll start talking about that stuff more. Even if sadness touches this blog - which I never intended - I'm still glad to have it.