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Mistral Dawn is a thirty-something gal who has lived on both coasts of the US but somehow never in the middle. She currently resides in the Southeast US with her kitty cats (please spay or neuter! :-)) where she works as a hospital drudge and attends graduate school. Taken By The Huntsman is her first effort at writing fiction and if it is well received she has ideas for several more novels and short-stories in this series. Please feel free to visit her on FaceBook or drop her a line at mistralkdawn@gmail.com

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

#Knowledge Is #Power! :-)

Hey Everyone!! :-)

If you've followed my blog for any length of time, you've probably surmised that I like books! :-)  They can be a wonderful escape when they contain stories, but they are also a font of information.  Of course, books aren't the only source of information, and this post in my tongue-in-cheek Animal Rescuer's Guide To Staying (Relatively) Sane is about the different types of information you might need and how to make sure you have it when you need it. :-)

Some Things You Need To Come To Terms With And/Or Remember:
Create a few different libraries. Maybe this should have been lumped in with coping strategies or resources, but it is so important that I wanted it to stand out.

First, you are going to need a reference library. This library is going to be a collection of books and websites about the animals you are caring for. These books and websites are going to contain information about the physical needs of your charges, how to train them, signs and symptoms of illness, how to deal with behavioral problems, etc. This type of library is essential, but it is probably also the easiest to obtain.  One caveat: make sure your sources are reliable ones.  However, as a rescuer you are going to need more than just a reference library, you are going to need at least three other kinds of libraries.

The first alternate library you are going to need is going to be written by you and it is going to be entirely practical and similar to a reference library. When people find out you have been in rescue for a while (or even if you just started) they are going to ask your advice about certain things. After a while you will start to notice patterns in that people will ask you the same kinds of questions over and over. The questions will vary depending on what type of animals you work with, but every type of animal has some issues that tend to come up over and over again.  For instance, with cats you get asked about litterbox issues and declawing a lot. Rather than come up with a unique response every time someone asks you these questions, write up and save some comprehensive guides and instructions on how to deal with the issue and just email them to people. Keep a library of these guides and you will save yourself some precious time.

Another alternate library you will need is for the purposes of humor.  It will not, for the most part, be written by you. Though if writing such things yourself helps you deal with your feelings, go for it.  This library will include essays, poems, jokes, rants, etc. written by people who have done rescue for a while.  You can find these types of things if you look for them on the internet, but you will probably find that they will come to you without searching as people find out that you are doing rescue. These writings will sometimes be funny, often sad, and usually very honest. Sometimes they are all three at the same time. The purpose of these writings is to remind yourself that you are not alone in your work or in your feelings. Other people have been where you are and have survived. These really can come in handy at times and there is some overlap between this library and the previously mentioned library.

The third alternate library you will need is rather macabre but unfortunately necessary.  It will consist of pictures. These pictures are for when people ask you (or when you ask yourself) why you keep doing what you are doing. These pictures can be rather gruesome, though they do not have to be, but they do help to get the point across. Remember the saying "a picture is worth a thousand words?" These pictures will save you a lot of talking even though looking at them will probably make you cry. Just remember, these things happen, whether or not they are captured on film. And looking at these types of pictures may just convince someone when words have failed.


  1. Such a great post. Any good book recommendations?
    I stocked up on so many books when I got my dog, but in the end we figured Intuition was the best with him.

    1. Thank you!!! I'm glad you enjoyed it! :-) As for book recommendations, it depends on what kind of books you're looking for. ;-) As you can probably tell from my blog, I'm an author. So, if you're just looking for an entertaining read, you might want to check out my fantasy romance series, Spellbound Hearts. If you mean books about animals, there are a lot of great ones out there. It depends on what kind of information you're looking for. If you're just looking for heart-warming stories, James Herriot is classic. If you're looking for hard information regarding something specific, the best person to ask would be your vet. But you can also check out websites run by reputable organizations that work with the type of animal you're looking for information on. The Merck Veterinary Manual is also a good reference, though it absolutely *does NOT* replace consulting an actual veterinarian when it comes to medical concerns. I hope that helps!! :-)