In late May 2002 a something very special occurred.
The American Eskimo Rescue and Sanctuary of Iowa was blessed with another
senior sanctuary resident, a deaf almost blind 14-year-old girl Missy,
with a horrifying past, but with an unbreakable spirit and a smile that
could melt the heart of the most unyielding oppositions. She had both
Kidney failure and Epileptic seizures and needed constant medical
treatment and care. The Vet gave her six months at tops and we beat those
expectations by a mile and a half. In our quest to make up for the 14
years of her life she lost, we set up a program “Missy’s Excellent
Adventures” to try to make up for that time. What we didn’t realize
then was the major impact she was going to have on the animal loving
community. In a very short time Missy became an icon that represented all
the neglected senior animals and the triumph over their obstacles. There
was a constant flow of Visits, Phone Calls, Letters and E-mails. Some were
just to see how she was doing or to stop by and say hi; but the stories we
heard about how she encouraged people to choose a senior pet to bestow
upon what Missy had been given, were the most gratifying of all. We even
had some folks stop by to visit Missy and leave with one of our senior
residents. Thanks to those who befriended Missy, the last 2 years of her
life were lived in bliss.
A constant dizzying rush of thoughts swirl though my head when I remember her. It is hard to say this to one so dear as Missy, now we say goodbye. But the memory of her special love will never leave those that Missy touched so gracefully. Although it is hard not to morn Missy’s departure, I know she would want this to be a time for all to celebrate her love, compassion and triumph over her challenges and to use her example for the rest of our own lives.