Guess who can jump? DaBubbles. Now I can understand how he got to my laptop. It just didn't make sense as I knew he couldn't reach it, even standing on his hind feet. But that was the only way I could think of him getting it. Boy was I wrong.
I was sitting here yesterday typing away, when all at once there was a flash of brown and a big weight was on the bed. Of course you freak a little bit because all the dogs are safely on their runs. I turned and looked and no, of course it wasn't a mountain lion, it was Dabubbles. He had jumped up on the bed to give me kisses. Now that might sound cute, with the exception of the fact that he is slimy, draining and probably doesn't belong on the bed. He is struggling with the infection and doesn't feel all that hot, but loves to be loved and is a little fighter. He can use lots of prayers right now.
Honey Bandit loves it when it is really warm inside at night. He seems to lay down for longer periods of time. He and Patches always sleep close to each other. More than once they have been so close they actually end up with their feet mixed up. Honey Bandit is a very happy little guy right now. He is still having "stuff" but we will just hope that time fixes his little quirks. If not, he will be our "special pony". It won't matter because we all love him so much.
I had an interesting phone call today. Some things that were brought up were, What does Honey Bandit need? How long will he need it? Why spend that much to save a horse? During the discussion it came up that this lady was a teacher and she was talking about how many kids are in the classrooms nowadays. To me this is a perfect example of the relevance of what we are all doing with Honey Bandit.
As discussed prior, some people say that Honey Bandit is "just a horse". Well that is not actually true. Because of how is life was turned around due to the humans that brought him into captivity, he is no longer "just a horse". Because of what he represents, and the changes that are being made due to the public learning of the horrors he went through, he has a job to do. He is doing that job. With your help, the public is slowly getting an education about the roundups and the excessive costs incurred. The costs are huge, not only to the horses, with many ending up maimed, injured or dead, but also the costs to the American tax payer. Hmmmmmmmmmmm $74 MILLION DOLLARS is budgeted to round up and "hold" these animals. Then you have the ones that "slip through" and end up in slaughterhouses.
Back to the teacher. I told her that this is why Honey Bandit is also known as the Million Dollar Mustang. Because through him, and all the people working so hard; together we will hopefully get the moratorium on the roundup and save the millions of dollars that are being spent to hurt and round up these horses.
Just imagine if even $50 million dollars of that money was divided up and each state got their share of the money for education. That would hire a lot of teachers. Like many others, she did not understand that Honey Bandit is not "just a horse". Letting him die would have been committing one sin after another. If he was born in the wild and that was the condition he was found in, then maybe putting him down would have been a kindness. HOWEVER, we paid people to put him in a place where he would be kicked, beaten and starved, with our tax dollars. If ever an animal deserved a chance to live, Honey Bandit wins hands down. Also, if Honey Bandit had ever looked at me and wanted to quit, then it would be done. But he has always fought so hard to be here. It is almost like he knows he is special and that we needed him here to tell his story of survival.
It doesn't matter whether someone is a "horse/animal person" or not. Just the inhumanity of what happened to him should make people sit up and say no, this needs to stop. You either respect life or you don't. I know lots of people that really do not care for animals that much, yet they have respect for life. That in itself would make them care when an injustice is done.
The laws need to be changed not only for the horses, but for our children and our families. With today's economy, the money being wasted should be put to better use. More firefighters, police officers, educators etc. More help for the people struggling just to survive. But oh no, instead we take helicopters, traumatize and injure innocent animals that are not costing anyone anything, force them into "jail" and throw good money after bad to feed them. Don't get me wrong, there are times when assistance is needed, like when the ranchers fence the horses out and away from the water. But what is happening now is a travesty and we need to stop it.
So yes, whatever it takes is what we will do to help Honey Bandit live to tell his story. I want to thank the kids at Manzanita in David Gilstrap's class once again for their courage and help in making Honey Bandit's fight for life that much easier. They are true heroes and will always remain in my heart for their efforts. I believe they will follow their dreams and America will be a much better place because they are here.
We can all learn a great lesson from these kids. They put the needs of another before their own. They are 9 and 10 years old, and took the time, made plans and helped a complete stranger (in this case a beautiful little horse that people had almost destroyed). They didn't do it to "get anything back". They just did it because they were being loving and kind. I am proud to have met these wonderful youngsters.
Honey Bandit is on a mission, and together we can all "git ER done" and stop the roundups and change these outdated laws. Thank ya'll so much for working so hard. Together we can get this done, and we won't stop until we do.