Life cannot be measured by it’s length, for many a long lived person is not celebrated due to actions while they were here. Many pass over too soon, leaving a legacy of love behind them. Some are like candles, burning brightly in the darkness for a very brief time, touching souls and uniting people in a common bond of love. Today I honor one of those, and the amazing sacrifices made every day by those who care for abandoned or unwanted pets. Rescue is a hard fact, there are too many animals and too few homes. The people who open their hearts and lives to these animals are a special breed, for it is not an easy task. I honor and respect all who live this daily life, heartbreaking sometimes and heart melting others. Some days not really sure which is which. Thank you for all the furry creatures that, while not able to speak, nonetheless communicate louder than thunder. Thank you for caring, for finding enough love in your heart to let go, for making this world a better place. Today my gratitude is for you.