Red Fire Monkey, I will not miss you.
As we bid farewell to the year of the Red Fire Monkey, I let out a huge sigh of relief. The Chinese New Year starts on January 28 and we will move in to the year of the Fire Rooster. As the name implies, and maybe you can imagine, the energy of a monkey on fire running around can’t be anything but chaotic. This past year has been filled with changes and happenings, both on the world arena and also closer to home. We can’t have one without the other, so I’m hoping that the Fire Rooster will provide us with the calm energy that I think is due. However, as a Wood Dragon I’m quite respectful of these Fire animals… http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-zodiac/
Sachi, my faithful assistant and partner in crime is getting spayed today. That will mark her official retirement as a brood at Guiding Eyes for the Blind. GEB is an excellent organisation with a lot of heart and I will miss all the caring people in the Breeding and Whelping kennel that I have got to know over the years. They have so many broods and studs coming through their doors every year but they still treat every dog as their own and are very accommodating and respectful to the fosters. http://www.guidingeyes.org Anyway, we are taking a course that will certify us as a dog therapy team. We (Sachi and I) haven’t decided where the certification will take us. I have to figure out what kind of environment will work best for us.
As for the Veterans Clinic that sort of never took flight, we are not giving up. We are trying another approach in order to get in-touch with the people that need us. They may just not know it…. I still marvel at the fact that it is so difficult to give away a much needed service for free!
Last year I completed fund raising and then the 39 mile walk for AVON 39. It was an experience of a lifetime. I had a big blister under one foot and a toenail situation on the other at the end of the first day (26 miles). How do you limp with that going on? My minor problems where taken care of at base camp and I had no problems finishing the 13 miles the following day. But I saw several women starting out day 2 in slippers or sandals clearly not made for pounding the pavement for at least 4 hours. I realized that they most likely couldn’t get their shoes on at all. But they walked anyway. That’s determination. This year I will fund raise and walk again. Please click on the link if you want to give a tax deductible contribution to AVON 39’s crusade in finding a cure for breast cancer. And until that is done, they are supporting women with breast cancer all over the country with financial aid and early detection. Aaargh. I can’t get the link to work. AVON39.org is the website. I’ll work on it later.
That’s a glimpse of the year of the Fire Rooster for The Village Acupuncturist.
We wish you a good one too!!! –Ellika and Sachi