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September 25, 2012

Devotion

Love is a funny thing. It isn't logical, or even practical much of the time. It doesn't have to make sense, and when it sneaks up on you, what choice do you have but to open your heart and let it in?

Tarra and Bella have been close for years -- but no one really knew how close they were until recently. A few months ago Bella suffered a spinal cord injury. She couldn't move her legs, couldn't even wag her tail. For three weeks the dog lay motionless up in the sanctuary office.

And for three weeks the elephant held vigil: 2,700 acres to roam free, and Tarra just stood in the corner, beside a gate, right outside that sanctuary office.

"She just stood outside the balcony - just stood there and waited," says Buckley. "She was concerned about her friend."

Then one day, sanctuary co-founder Scott Blais carried Bella onto the balcony so she and Tarra could at least see each other.

"Bella's tail started wagging. And we had no choice but bring Bella down to see Tarra," Blais says.

They visited like that every day until Tarra could walk. Today, their love -- and trust -- is stronger than ever. Bella even lets Tarra pet her tummy - with the bottom of her enormous foot.

They harbor no fears, no secrets, no prejudices. Just two living creatures who somehow managed to look past their immense differences.

An elephant's faithful
One hundred percent.

Posted by Cassandra at September 25, 2012 06:41 AM

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Narrative of "Horton Hatches the Egg", in case anyone isn't familiar with the reference.

http://www.arch.ttu.edu/people/faculty/alajlouni_r/classes/Spring%202010/ARCH2502/Students/Denker/fullText.htm

Posted by: tomg51 at September 25, 2012 10:05 AM

Narrative of "Horton Hatches the Egg", in case anyone isn't familiar with the reference.

One of the things that used to tickle me as a parent was when one of my small sons would seize on a line or two from a favorite book and repeat it endlessly for a few days.

Horton was one of my favorite books as a tot :)

Posted by: Cass at September 25, 2012 11:16 AM

I didn't realize Dr. Suess was a child prodigy!
Who knew?

*skipping away through the smoke and trees*
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Posted by: DL Sly at September 25, 2012 01:05 PM

DO NOT MOCK THE SACRED ELEPHANT! :)

Posted by: Pachysandra at September 25, 2012 01:09 PM

Oh how the fickle finger of fandom doth desert the disengendered, uncolored ursine for parochial pachyderms.
A moment of silence for the polar bear of pallor's pedestalled plunge is in order.
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Posted by: DL Sly at September 25, 2012 02:24 PM

Oh how the fickle finger of fandom doth desert the disengendered, uncolored ursine for parochial pachyderms. A moment of silence for the polar bear of pallor's pedestalled plunge is in order.

I HEARD THAT!!!

Posted by: Knut, the Intermittently-Gay Psychotic Teen Bear at September 25, 2012 03:35 PM

You heard a moment of silence?? What big ears you have, Grrraaanndma.

Or have I found yet another *dog whistle* to add to the list?
heh
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Posted by: DL Sly at September 25, 2012 06:28 PM

That's *elephant* whistle to you, little lady.

Posted by: Pachysandra at September 25, 2012 07:39 PM

Can an elephant whistle?
0>:~}

Posted by: DL Sly at September 25, 2012 07:57 PM

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