Project Pet Placement continues to unfold and I continue to learn so much from taking on this bold and inspiring adventure. As I’ve debriefed what possessed me to suddenly rearranged my life so I could go help the displaced pets of Louisiana, I realized two important factors played a role:

1 – As my mom often said to me, “Once a vet, always a vet.” What I realize now that means is that I will always have a deep and abiding love for animals. Can’t help it and truthfully don’t want to change it. That love for the animals that we share this Earth with certainly helped move me forward.

2- I recently added the phrase, “an inspired and inspiring life” to my life purpose statement, so it now reads, “To live an inspired and inspiring life of purposeful, passionate and playful service, mindful abundance balanced with simplicity, and spiritual serenity. So, as I was sorting out what to do as an expression of this purpose, I realized that I would be inspired by taking on this trip, and I felt that it might inspire others as well. I believe it has.

And I realized one other thing I feel guided to share. On the way to Gonzales Louisiana, I stopped for the night in Atlanta. While in my hotel room, I watched the Weather Channel to learn more specifics about the approaching Hurricane Rita. It didn’t look good. It looked like a race to see who was going to arrive in Louisiana first — me or Rita. I had my doubts if I really wanted to participate in such a race. I confess, I almost turned back, and I probably would have except I remembered the supplies that the vets and a groomer had generously donated and entrusted to me. I just couldn’t face letting them down, or letting down Amber and Ann who had worked hard to collect the supplies.

So, I kept going, one step at a time. And I’m so glad I did.