Posted on January 15, 2017
Posted on January 15, 2017From Ann Edie,
Thank you again to all who have offered their good wishes and who have generously contributed to Panda’s youcaring fund. Thanks to our wonderful community of family and friends, we have been able to make a considerable dent in Panda’s vet bills, and we are feeling very optimistic about her prospects for health and happiness in the new year.
On January 11th Panda celebrated her birthday—sweet sixteen!—and in this case, “sweet” definitely precisely describes her. She is always so eager to demonstrate all her clicker-trained behaviors, and ready to offer new variations that she feels may be appreciated and rewarded. Recently, she has taken to picking up and handing me the brush that I use to clean up her stall or the brushes that I use to groom her coat. If I leave them anywhere on the floor of her house, she finds them for me. She also follows me around and comes into heel position, pressing herself against my left leg. When I bend down to snuggle her, she brings her soft little nose up to my face and gives me the sweetest little horse kiss, with a tiny chortle to top it off. Needless to say, she is irresistible!
Panda and I wish you the same joyful and magical relationship with your horses and other animal companions. And may you have many happy occasions to celebrate with your clicker companions. Thank you again for caring and for helping.
Ann & Panda
Posted on January 3, 2017
Posted on January 3, 2017Ann asked me to pass on this update on Panda:
Happy New Year 2017!
I want to express my sincere gratitude to all of you for your very generous contributions to Panda’s vet care fund. With your help, we are reaching the goals we set, and in an amazingly short period of time, too. We will be able to pay down some of the debt we have incurred over the past eight months for Panda’s vet care. Panda still has unexplained diarrhea, but is otherwise well and in good spirits. In the months ahead we will continue trying suggested therapies to cure the diarrhea, which will require more tests and monitoring by the doctors, I’m sure.
But in the meantime, we are getting out for very pleasant walks whenever the weather permits. Panda and I both love being out in the fresh air, and the exercise is great! She hasn’t gotten “rusty” at all with her guiding skills. She performs amazingly and even controls her energy and excitement in order to walk slowly and carefully wherever there is ice or slush. It always puts a smile on my face to walk with Panda, and I am grateful to you for helping me keep her healthy and able to enjoy life.
Thank you all for making the start of this new year very bright for us. We wish you the blessings we have received—the friendship, love, and support of a wide community of kind and caring people.
Ann & Panda
P.S. I've posted some photos from Panda's New Year's Day walk. Alexandra Kurland
Posted on December 26, 2016
Posted on December 26, 2016A Holiday Greeting from Ann Edie
We have had such a wonderful outpouring of support for Panda. I want to thank again al the people who have donated to this campaign. Your generosity has done so much to relieve the pressure I have been feeling caught between wanting to do everything I can to help Panda recover, but being constrained by the economic realities of life. Your kindness has really brought home to me at this season of joy and closeness the underlying empathy and caring of the worldwide family of human and non-human beings. I was reluctant at first to ask others to help me fulfill what I feel is my responsibility to provide for Panda’s care, but I have been so very gratified by the overwhelming response of our family, friends, and well-wishers that it has renewed my faith and hope. We are very grateful for your help, and we want you to know that Panda continues to recover, and we are confident that she will soon be her happy, active little self once again.
May you receive all the blessings and joy of the season, like a warm Panda cuddle.
Ann & Panda