In my life with animals, I think of several whose determination to live inspired me and opened me up in many ways - Simon and Rocky. Rose and Red, also, in a different way. Simon was determined to live, even when battered almost to death. Rocky does not need prayers or pity, not even empathy. He can take care of himself. He has, for years.
Friday, one way or another, I have the feeling that Rocky's life may change yet again. A vet is coming to examine his eyes and see if he can see again, to one degree or another. Many people have offered money to help Rocky, and I appreciate that, but I do not want to take anybody else's money to care for my animals. So thanks, but I'd rather not. Good hearts.
Rocky is important to me, he is a spirit animal for sure. I believe he called me and Maria to the new farm, and calls me there still. His blindness does not deter him in any sense of the word. He walks his paths, finds his favorite grass, sniffs out the water streams, loves his shelters and shade. He is growing more affectionate and alert by the day, whinnying when he sees me or Maria and following Red and us around the pasture. He is about to get some company – Sunday the three donkeys are joining him, and my bet is he will love being with them, perhaps after a kick or two to the butt or head.
In honor of Rocky's Friday morning, and perhaps as a means of wishing him luck, I am posting a photo album of his eyes on Facebook. They were all taken this morning. Thanks for your interest and good wishes. Rocky is a teacher, and a prophet. We will understand more soon about what he can see, blindness or not. Aquinas said the reason we need to be decent to animals is to ensure our own humanity, and to help us be better to people. Good cause.