Friday, December 9, 2011

"God forbid that I should go to any heaven where there are no horses."

Those words were written by R. B. Cunningham-Graham in a 1917 letter to Theodore Roosevelt.

Several years ago, in the course of blog surfing, I happened upon From Hell To Heaven:  Saving Argus, which has been previously mentioned in this post.  It chronicles the story of a rescued Thoroughbred named Argus, who had spent ten of his first sixteen years confined to a 12 x 16 pen with little human contact or proper care.  This existence had taken a toll on Argus, both physically and mentally.

He was rescued on Dec. 6, 2007.  In the beginning he was frightened, terrified of the new world in which he found himself.  But, in his new home he found the care and understanding needed to adapt to a life he could never have imagined.  Over time, he become a happy, well adjusted horse.

As time passed, posts became few and far between.  After all, there was little to report, as Argus, with his best friend Ridge, was living a life not unlike my own horses.  At times the silence would leave the reader wondering if all was well.

A new post appeared on my Google Reader today.  I clicked on the link, and found myself confronted with the post that I always dreaded, yet knew was inevitable.  Argus died on Nov. 22nd.  And, a mere seven hours later, his best friend, the horse named Ridge, joined him.

I take solace in the fact that both horses are now free of the pain which was their daily companion. Should you choose to read the blog, I've been told to warn readers to keep a box of tissue handy. 

Saving Argus is, above all else, a story of hope.

10 comments:

Mary said...

I found Argus' blog through yours and read the whole thing. His story touched me deeply, I have no idea why I didn't follow it. Thank you for introducing his story to me. I am going to go read his final chapter now with a heavy heart.

Buck said...

Sad but uplifting, just the same. It pleases me to know there are good people in this world... we hear all too much about the dregs.

Bag Blog said...

I don't think I can handle such a story.

Cheryl Ann said...

I read that, too. While his passing was indeed a time of tears, he was rescued and given a good home. Yes, there ARE good people out there, like Katie. I didn't become a horse owner until my mid-fifties. It was my lifetime goal to rescue horses and I now have 5, including a slaughter-bound thoroughbred, an OTTB, a PMU gelding, and two mustangs.
~~Cheryl Ann~~

Jessica said...

Oh, pooh. I hadn't seen that, so I must go visit Argus' blog. :(

At least the last four+ years of his life were happy. I didn't realize Kate found him the same year I found Bar.

Thanks for posting, Dave.

petterjoe said...

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There was a very real perception that bi-racial was much worse for the white than it was for the person of color. The liberal culture, which was designed and promoted with the god's tools to achieve their Apocalyptic goals, screamed racism when there was a very reasonable explanation for this reality::::
In this white punishment known as the United States the person of color has already adopted the disfavors/temptations intended for another race. But by associating/mating with a person of color the white is newly adopting the disfavors of another culture.
And this is the reason why people of color are not welcome in the United States. The gods control everything:::The perception they want to create, the thoughts they want you to have.
People of color can't recover from absorbing the temptations from two cultures. And why they become more and more like so many blacks in America:::Veterans at absorbing the temptations of two cultures.
To further illustrate this is why California's educational system/funding was ranked #1 when California was white:::Education being the basis of the affluent economic system. Now even public higher education has become unaffordable.

The gods placed us all into our own corners of the globe. As such for thousands of years we spent time and reproduced with out own kind.
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Remember, this concept of cultural diversity is an element of the liberal platform the gods used to promote societal decay, revealed on the map with the "beast" that is the SanFranciscoBayArea and the spread of social deterioration that spread to the rest of the country and eventually to the entire globe.

Ronald Reagan spent the communist block into submission with defense buildup, and in the process increased the National debt from $1 trillion in 1980 to $6 trillion when he left office.
W charged both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to the national debt, honest numbers to come.
The gods used W to initiate the "Great Recession" with deliberate legislation/regulation changes, allowing the sub-prime fiasco and corporate irresponsibility/criminal behavior which led to the multi-trillion dollar stimulous package, pocketted by Republican friends and donors::::$5 trillion charged to the National credit card.
This corruption is one element of evil in the party of good. War mongering is another.
Damned if you do, Damned if you don't::::With the Democrats you subscribe to social decay via liberlism, which WILL lead to the Apocalypse. Republicans are being used by the gods to bankrupt the United States, ultimately motivating people to the point of "desperation prayer" once anarchy presides::::Punishment designed to correct your behavior.

The gods behave monsterously in the course of managing Planet Earth but they demand people be good if you are to have a chance to ascend in a future life.
Not only is doing the right things important (praying, attoning for your sins, thinking the right way:::accepting humility, modesty, vulnerability), so is avoiding the wrong things important as well:::"Go and sin no more".

Computer said...

Heaven without horses would be like hell without cauldrons :D

Cousin B said...

Hello, I just found your blog. And Wow, what a post this was about Argus and Ridge. Very moving....

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