As almost a follow-up to yesterday’s post, about claiming your dreams and not giving up on them, on Sunday, JoAnne F. (one of the White Feather Farm community) posted this deeply inspiring true story of the power of hope, prayer, and the help that comes from expected and unexpected places; the seen and the unseen forces that are working for good, even when we are unaware of them.
“After Christmas last year a couple and their two dogs were on I80 going from Reno back to Utah. They had a roll-over accident outside Battle Mountain. The couple was airlifted to a hospital in Reno where the man died a few days later. One dog was found with the car and the other ran off into the sage brush. The woman was devastated of course at the loss of her spouse, but not knowing what happened to Dooley (their dog) was dreadful. A local group started looking for Dooley. Dog tracks in the mud were found but no Dooley. People came on horseback and with search dogs to join in the search. A week later animal body fragments were found which were thought to be Dooley so the search was stopped.
Four weeks later someone reported seeing a dog at the accident site! The search was resumed. By this time Barbara (dog owner) was out of the hospital and even though she was still sore and healing she joined in the search. Dooley was spotted a few times but he was by this time in survival mode and ran from everyone (even Barbara) They could not get close to him so they put out cage traps in hopes of containing Dooley. The weather turned cold, it snowed and hopes of capturing him were growing dim. Dooley had been in the desert for 7 weeks now without food or water to speak of and no shelter. Then last night we got a call — Dooley had been found! Barbara managed to capture him and he is now home and malnourished but in pretty good shape otherwise. We have been praying for Dooley for almost 2 months now and our prayers have been answered! …
The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned..” Dietrich Bonhoeffer