Deep East Texas needs animal rescues.dog dna test Two committed places closed within the past few months and options are few for abused or abandoned animals. Wendi’s Misfits in Lufkin announced its closing recently and is currently placing animals. The founder of another passed away in February and most of her rescues have been re-homed.
My mother Nancy Daniel lived in Nacogdoches, Texas, for 10 years and I joined her for the last five. On a secluded property in Central Heights, dozens of dogs, birds, horses and even a few funny donkeys spent time on the property. Each animal came and gradually became part of our pack.
My mother has been rescuing all of our lives. Losing Mom took the wind out of our sails. We drag through so many days under the fog of grief. Nothing was as gut-wrenching as watching the Misfits follow Mom in the hearse when the coroner came for her that late February morning.
My mother had the ideas and I executed them. At one point, we had 20 rescues running through our camp and it felt like a zoo. Placing seven brought us down to 13. After losing Lexi, Riley and Winston, there were ten of us surrounding her during her final days.
Her talking African Gray had been in a large, rolling cage next to Mom for 25 years. Buzzie spoke in her voice exactly (right down to the smoker’s cough.) When his new parents came for her, I held it in until they got him loaded and stepped inside and fell to the floor.
Soon, all 10 will be in new homes. I am the one that is not settled. My heart has absorbed so many losses so fast, it is almost numb. I can barely feel or eat at … Read More . . .