Rescue Us

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“I’d like people to start to look at animals as individuals,” she said. “If everyone did a bit more, if they fell in love a little bit more, so much could happen. It doesn’t have to be going vegan. You can advocate for them. You can show tenderness. You can play music for them. I really hope people can connect with animals the way most of us did as children.”

That’s the thing about animals we grow close to, Ms. Stewart added: “We talk about taking in ‘rescue animals.’ But the truth is, just as often, animals rescue us.”

~ Judith Newman, Tracey Stewart’s Animal Planet


Tracey Stewart is the editor-in-chief of the website Moomah, which provides parents and kids with fun, easy, and effective ways to contribute to varying kinds of nonprofits. A passionate animal advocate and expert (she’s a former veterinary technician), she lives on a farm in New Jersey with her husband, Jon Stewart; two kids; four dogs; two pigs; one hamster; three rabbits; two guinea pigs; one parrot; and two fish—all rescues except for the kids.

Don’t miss Judith Newman’s background story on Tracey Stewart: Tracey Stewart’s Animal Planet

Tracey Stewart’s book will be released on Amazon on October 20, 2015: Do Unto Animals


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  1. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    “Don Unto Animals” ….. “Ms. Stewart added: “We talk about taking in ‘rescue animals.’ But the truth is, just as often, animals rescue us.”

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  2. Can’t wait to read this book! Lord knows animals have brought me through some of my darkest times–the love they give is so pure…

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    • Joy and love: the contents of a dog’s heart. No wonder, upon seeing Gracie, our fully grown sons drop to the floor, face-to-face and nose to nose, and eagerly become their younger, sweeter, sillier selves. And no wonder my husband and I find ourselves talking to her as if she were a child herself, as if in carrying on the traditions born in our sons’ childhood years, she is also allowing us to play our old parenting roles for just a little longer. Our sons may be grown and gone, but Gracie, loyal companion of their boyhoods, is still here. Still here and, though decades older than all of us in dog years, still exuberantly herself, reminding us that to live well is to honor both the beauty of routine and the enchantment of the moment that is right now. I’m beginning to think Jack is right: She is a good teacher.

      ~ Katrina Kenison, Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment (Grand Central Publishing. 2013.)

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      • Ohhhh, what a lovely passage, DK!! And so true! I saw Robin Roberts interviewed yesterday morning, and she said that her beloved Jack Russell ‘KJ’ had died this past summer at age 18. She said that although she’s been through a lot of tough stuff these past few years–two serious health issues, loss of her mother, etc.–losing KJ seemed incredibly hard and was the thing that just about did her in. She said she didn’t want to get out of bed. She said, ‘Through all these tough times, he’d been there for me, my constant, a source of love,’ (paraphrasing here…) and I thought ‘YES!’, I get it…..

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  3. this is brilliant. i really admire both of them. and the animals who rescue us.

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  4. Yes. I love this. And my dog!

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  5. Animals rescue us? God do they ever!

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  6. Our four-legged friends are family. They are not with us long enough, but while they are, they add love and devotion and joy to our lives.

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  7. Animals give us the opportunity to do with our love what we must. And that is to give it away. They are beneficiaries of the good that comes from receiving that love. And we receive the good for giving it as is its purpose.
    One must be wary of obsession, however. For to give love in excess to animals at the expense of humanity is like those so obsessed with success that they spend more time beyond work hours than they do in attending their kids’ soccer games.
    Christ tells us two simple things that men and women must do to be happy and find the peace they seek: “Love God with all your heart, strength and mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.” For in love no evil can be done. If first things first are taken to task then animal concerns and every other cause will not be necessary for all will rightly be respected and protected by the universal practice of love founded in truth.
    -Alan

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  8. Woof! Very timely post, David. October is the “Adopt a Shelter Dog” month. Lots of love on offer in the shelters right now.

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  9. I look back at my childhood on the farm and the attitude my parents had about animals. They were an asset only—the cattle, hogs and chickens. No animals were ever allowed in the house. Whenever we did have a dog (against Dad’s preference), they would be chained up outside. I remember one evening when my brother let Cindy, a Heinz 57 hound, off her chain, and she ran full speed in circles around the house until I couldn’t stand it anymore and went inside. Even at 4 or 5 years old, I knew there was something wrong and desperate in that blast of freedom.

    I understand why my parents were so against “pets.” When you open your heart to one animal, you inevitably open it to all. And that just wouldn’t do.

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