22.04.2012 - 27.04.2012
Feel free to ignore the cheeseball title. But if you aren't in the mood for cheese, maybe don't read on.
For the past week, we've been doing exactly what Dr. Wise requested we not do ("whatever you do, don't play with the dogs and monkeys in India") and volunteering at Animal Aid Udaipur. I wish I had the words to describe it but in those of one of the founders, it literally is "handicap heaven"
All I can say is I never thought I'd get so close to a donkey or cow, let alone help hold them down and console them while they have their wounds dressed or are given IV drips. I have been shit, pissed and bled on, you name it, by animals both large and small while having the opportunity to work at one of the most loving places I've ever been. While all of this may sound flighty and preachy, I promise there is nothing more rewarding than a morning greeting from your favourite paralyzed dog or blind cow (see below for Vishnu). So rewarding, we're concerned that in the end we may have received more than the animals. I mean who doesn't want to sit and brush 100s of dogs for hours a day? Or work in an environment where staff actually say every cow is their hero. Well if you don't, you probably shouldn't tell me because that's just crazy (despite what you may be thinking of me..).
Anyhoo, blah blah blah, plug plug plug, but yah maybe just check out their website-http://www.animalaidunlimited.com/
Or don't, but at least now you know that yes we are still alive, and no, we have not completely lost our minds (emphasis on completely).