Under the shadow of the pavilion sculpture, they sat on the edges of their seats ready to learn how to become Veterinarians. I froze the moment in my heart knowing she would have been sitting among them. She would have been the one counting down the days, hours, and minutes until this very moment arrived. I stood there knowing what was to unfold was simply- Catherine.
The kids came to learn, to see, to understand. They leaned over the small creature in front of them and instinctively closed their eyes, concentrating on its beating heart. Each child was so determined to hear what they had not before- they were an example of pure faith. The instant they heard the soft flutter, their eyes flew open and looked directly into in mine. Each pair of wide eyes filled with an awe and amazement- each pair of eyes was an example of hope. They placed their hand across the small of the dog’s back as if to say without words “you are safe.” Each small hand- an overwhelming reminder of compassion innate in each one of us. The Veterinary 101 workshop was more than a workshop. It was the culmination of ideas for what could be and the beginning of what is and what is to come.
We are determined the lack of four walls and a roof will not limit us. The sanctuary is a living, breathing place where community can come together, where children can learn, it is a place where partnerships between humans and the creatures that walk this earth already exist. We are excited to offer programs and workshops that reflect our determination to think creatively, cultivate partnerships and remain steadfast to our responsibility as stewards of this land. I can think of no better way to begin this chapter than with a workshop Catherine would have attended time and time again.