My Mom as Nursing Home Queen

I am going to tell you a true story that will likely make me wildly unpopular with some who don’t agree with what I have to say. But I feel compelled to tell it any ways in case there are others out there with similar experiences.

My mom lives in…


Keep Your Heart Open

As is the case for many rescuers, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the animals in need out there — those you reach and those you don’t but know are out there. The ones that haunt your dreams. …


I’ve experienced some pretty unusual things in the many years I’ve been involved in cat and other animal rescue. Bass the cat’s story is certainly one of the most unusual.

I first met Bass when I was about to pull out of my vet’s parking lot. Just as I was…


Nightfall hangs heavily, like a dark cloud enveloping all semblance of light. I reach for the lamplight hesitating, unsure what the shadows will bring.

In the total darkness I can still see those angry faces, hear the voices telling me I am stupid, I’m not good enough and never will…


My dad was (let’s just say) complex. That’s where I’ll leave it. But I will also say he was not one to express his emotions. Let me rephrase that, he was not one to express his positive emotions.

I never heard him say he was proud of me. He rarely…


The Peeper Frogs are calling from the pond on my farm. These harbingers of spring always make me smile and give me hope for warmer days and the end of winter’s bone penetrating chill.

The Peepers are calling but I have no one to tell. That’s because the only other…


My Rescue Kitten Mercy

It began when I was just 5 years old. A neighborhood friend brought me a hurt bird to fix and I actually did. Since that time, I’ve rescued hundreds of animals from dangerous, abusive and bad situations — many from certain death.

As is usually the case with rescue, it…


We said goodbye today, my little Buddy and I. I had not planned for this to be his last day with me, but my plans are often changing and rarely go as I had plotted out.

Two years ago this coming May Buddy began to slow down a lot and…

Jackie Deems

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