Sunday, January 06, 2019

Parade of Pets-the final post


Ginger and Spur

Ginger and Spur

Spur!


This is Ginger and her colt, Spur.

Ginger was confiscated by law enforcement from an abusive situation in 2007. She was placed in our custody, but she was in a large city over three hours away. While we made plans for transport, Ginger was taken to an animal control facility whose focus was cats and dogs, and they weren't set up for horses.

The director realized that Ginger had been bred and was very close to giving birth. A little too close, in fact. We weren't able to get her moved to the sanctuary before she delivered. Spur was born in a dog pen. The third photo is a recent photo of Spur. He's 11 years old now. Sadly, Ginger passed away last year. She had ten years of peace and freedom at the sanctuary.




JR: I'm always a little teary-eyed at these stories, and so grateful for the work Melanie and her cohort of angels do for these animals.

They always need hay money! You can donate here:  Proud Spirit

16 comments:

CynthiaMc said...

I haven't been commenting - been focusing on writing, family, and long neglected Decluttering instead - but enjoyed the pet parade.

Gorgeous pictures. One of the horses I learned to ride on reminds me a lot of Spur.

Claire Bobrow said...

This is the perfect ending. Thank you, Melanie, for the work you do at Proud Spirit. The pictures of Ginger and Spur are beautiful. I'm so glad Ginger had ten good years with you. Spur is my favorite kind of horse - the happy kind. Love those polka dots.

Cecilia Ortiz Luna said...


God bless you, Mama Mel.

Amy Johnson said...

What beautiful horses and beautiful pictures! I'm so glad mama and son got to spend ten wonderful years together.

Theresa said...

"Ten years of peace and freedom." This is lovely, Melanie.

Jennifer R. Donohue said...

I love spotty horses! Poor Ginger :( I'm happy for her ten good years, and I'm so glad that Spur was born in better circumstances. I just can't understand the mistreatment of animals. Cannot.

Joseph S said...

Beautiful pictures.
Handsome horses.
Bittersweet, heartwarming story.
Good start to a Sunday.

french sojourn said...


Wonderful work St. Melanie,

as always, cheers you!

Melanie Sue Bowles said...

What an honor to have a few members of the Proud Spirit herd featured here. Thank you for the kind words, everyone.

Janet, Thank you for all you do. I sure appreciate you sharing the website. We just took in three emaciated mares and a pony. The pony was removed from a bad situation and arrived at the sanctuary on Christmas day. We named her Noel. She's so stinkin' cute.

I so enjoyed seeing everyone's precious pets. I'm also looking forward to the blog resuming. As Hank says, "Cheers!"

sophistikitty said...

Such beautiful pictures, and beautiful horses.

nightsmusic said...

Melanie, you are nothing short of an angel crossed with a miracle worker. Beautiful pictures of beautiful horses. Thank you for brightening my day.

Lennon Faris said...

What a great finale to the pet parade. Mama Mel, I love their story. Yes, cheers to peace and freedom for these furry friends.

KDJames said...

Such good work you do, Melanie. Thank you. It usually goes unremarked, but you're also a very talented photographer. Some of the pics you share on FB are just breathtaking (a few of those prints are now up for sale on her website as well, hint hint).

I've very much enjoyed the Pet Parade. Thanks, everyone, for sharing. I realized the other day, it's not just seeing the adorable/unusual animals or hearing about the rescues and fosters and pet sitting. Although all that is quite satisfying. So admirable. It's also knowing it goes both ways and that all of you fellow Reiders -- who are among my favourite people on the internet -- benefit from the unconditional love of having these critters in your life. OK, I'm not sure turtles and crabs and lizards do the unconditional love thing. Or cats either, now that I think about it. But they all do enrich and lighten the lives of you remarkable people who care for them. And that's been an immensely comforting feeling these past few weeks.

Thanks, Janet. Hope your reading pile had dwindled satisfactorily, and that you're well-rested and ready to get back to "ranting and raving." Or as we like to call it, sharing your knowledge and wisdom.

John Davis Frain said...

I've been schnockered with the flu, but what a great post for my rising. And a new Noel on Christmas Day! Love Love Love it.

These pictures make me want to walk the lower forty. I already feel better that I have all year. I knew the neighborhood would still be in great shape. (Way better shape than me at the moment!)

Keep writing, y'all.

MA Hudson said...

Breathtaking photo's, Melanie! And what gorgeous horses.

Carolynnwith2Ns said...

Halos abound. Giddy up.