This was a great weekend for me, it was very inspiring and full of really good stuff that I'll tell you about later in other blog posts. I even woke up this morning with an idea in my head that I'm really excited about doing. My plans for today were to go to the studio and throw a piece for a commission and some pieces for a raku firing and some pieces for a show we Pottery Pals are doing in Aug. But my heart went out of it when I called my dogs into the house for breakfast and found one of them with a little bird in her mouth.
Little Bird on a Plate
I'm not mad at the dog at all, she was just doing what animals do. She also dropped the bird as soon as she was told to, which is good behavior. Sadly, the bird had already lost a wing and a lot of it's tail feathers but was still alive. I knew the little bird was suffering but I can't bring my self to euthanize it as I have no way of doing that non-violently. When I volunteered at the Animal Shelter we could give an animal an injection and it would quickly and quietly drift off. Naturally I have nothing like that here. The best I could do was to move the bird to a safe, quiet bed of leaves and hope it passed away quickly.
I know this is how nature works, it just makes me feel sad and helpless sometimes.