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The Rescue Operation
by Karen C Vanderlaan

Friday, March 30, 2007
Rated "G" by the Author.
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an equestrian and horse lover all my life, i have also, with my children, rescued many horses, one at a time from the "killer pens" several weeks ago, my daughter and I untertook a rescue of many....

Sixteen horses of noble blood,

From 6 months to 23 years old

Granddaughters and grandsons

Of great names known

At the grandest of thoroughbred tracks

Northern Dancer, and Secretariat

Lyphard, Sir Gaylord, Nashrulla too

Each one diminished to bone and flesh

Sad, unkempt and hungry

They’ve not known the kindness of a brush

Or the flavor of carrot and apple

We get to work, my girl and I

Phone calls, and free ads

With offers to load and deliver.

Three weeks later, all have new homes

Each one a chance at a new life

With proper care, a job to do, and most of all, love



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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 7/4/2007
well said
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 4/3/2007
great humanitarian poetry Karen, I guess they would have ended up glue. Everytime I lick a stamp, I think about this, I guess it's a little horse in all of us
Reviewed by Laura Mayer 3/31/2007
The world needs more good, decent people such as you and your daughter. I applaud you for your determination to set things right.
Reviewed by Art Sun 3/31/2007
They are so many....

and there are so few that take the challenge of which
you and your daugther have so couragiously tasked....

commendabel and so considerate you are...

peace and love.....Art Sun...
Reviewed by jude forese 3/31/2007
horses are beautiful creatures ... i commend you both on your decision to rescue them from a cruel fate ...
Reviewed by Barbara Smith 3/31/2007
Dear Karen: I really liked this important message...I love animals and I cannot understand how anyone could miss treat them. It's great to know you do them a good deed...the world needs more people like you.
Reviewed by Chrissy McVay 3/31/2007
Important write!

Reviewed by Constance Gotsch 3/31/2007
I don't understand how people can have animals and not respond to their needs. When Kiri and Ben are hungry, they let me know, and if Iecide to tease them and prend I won't feed them, they do all kinds of little tricks that they know will melt me.
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 3/31/2007
GOOD FOR YOU!!!! SO sad -- & maddening -- that horrible things
happen to one of the most beautiful creatures ever created. To
ANY animal, but. . .horses are beyond wonderful, arent't they?
How lucky they are to have you on their side! Thank you for this
deeply affecting and all-too-clear reminder. . .and the great
photo! 'Pea' <3
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 3/31/2007
And this is over in a country where the cowboys are..Hmmm, great thing there are such good folk, willing to do so much...
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 3/31/2007
Bravo my friend, I too am an animal lover and adore horses...they all deserve a good home and a gentle loving hand to give them an occasional carrot, apple, or cube of have a wonderful giving, compassionate and loving heart dear friend. Enjoyed!
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 3/31/2007
Each one a chance at a new life

Blessed are The Rescuers - and this sad old world truly needs many more.
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 3/30/2007

All it takes to save the planet is the magic of the attitude taken for "The Rescue Operation"; ~ and that cooperative attitude is the daughter of COURAGE AND JUSTICE.

In gratitude and appreciation,

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 3/30/2007
God speed to you and your daughter for taking on such a noble task.
Most precious write. Thank you.

Be safe,
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg 3/30/2007
heartwarming to know you and daughter perform this generous service to these magnificient beings
Reviewed by Felix Perry 3/30/2007
Karen this is such a heartwarming story, and one that you and your daughter should be proud of for the rest of your lifes. It is a wonderful thing to do to save such proud and noble animals from such a terrible end. I salute you...

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