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December 30, 2008


I just wanted to send my condolences about this.

I have no doubt that your motivation was more than "OK."

Thank you, Konchog.

'Ramifications of compassion'
We are sometimes a little exuberant about wanting to be compassionate and kind, but even the best of intentions can have unintended consequences. This is, sadly, often seen when people contribute money to a disaster fund (like hurricane Katrina) and find out later it was a bogus fund, which means the money didn't get to help who it was intended for. Taking the time to first research a fund can lead to the discovery if it's a real or bogus one, but often we just want to help out quickly.

All actions have reactions, sometimes they're good, sometimes they're bad.

Sorry about the pup, she was a cute one.

Please don't second guess yourself too much. Having looked at the picture of her foot, I don't think you can fault yourself for assuming the best thing for her was to operate as quickly as possible. Remember, often there is no right choice, only different choices.

I think it was wonderful that the pup had a chance to interact with you and the dharma before she passed away. I can only hope that her next birth will be a more comfortable and productive one.

Hi Konchog. Don't doubt yourself when it comes to reaching out to beings in need. That lucky puppy was touched by love and compassion before passing into the bardo. It is quite possible she was going to die regardless of your actions, due to the karma of this life being exhausted and no longer able to support her form. But, by your reaching out, she was touched by a hand extended in Dharmic compassion before passing. She is lucky to have found that. Most beings in this world never do.

No question you did the absolutely right thing, very kind cuzzin.

I'm so sorry to hear that the pup didn't make it through surgery, but have no doubt you did the right thing. I particularly agree with the comment from above: Often there is no right choice, just different choices."

Be well.

Dear Konchog...along with all others who have commented herein, I share your sadness at the loss of the little pup and thank you for your intention to help her.

Surely it makes sense that even though everything seemed okay that she should survive the surgery, and that instead she died and could not be revived, surely it makes sense that the causes for her to die or "the karma of this life being exhausted" would explain what seems such an unfortunate end. And yet, as your readers have lovingly pointed out, her end came after she had experienced love and laughter and the view of the Buddhas robes. And doubtless many mantras and phowa practice as well. How fortunate.

Please do not second guess yourself...

Coincidentally, as I have been writing this a co-worker just passed on to me the following: "How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog -- it's here a little while, then it's gone...therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good...Be faithful and carry out the responsibilities and the calling that you have been given..."

Take care, dear brother...and I hope you will find happiness even in the inevitable grief, as well as in reflection upon your life and blessings as you mark another birthday.

Love and hugs, yeshe lhamo

Wow, thank you all! These kind words, and those in my email box, helped me so much this morning. Of course, I'm not really discouraged. I'm sure we'll scoop up other critters, and I'll ask you in my awkward way to laugh and cry right along with me.

Happy New Year to all of you!

you rule. good attitude.
HNY to you, too.

You did right by the pup. The proof's in the kissing pic. Happy New Year and Happy Birthday B'rer K!

Yes, you totally followed your heart in a desire to help a suffering critter. DOn't think she didn't know that! And yes, Happy Birthday, dearest brother. I think you almost qualify as a middle aged monk!

Bless you for your efforts for this little puppy's life. And thank you for your story. I am the practice manager of an Equine Practice in up-state New York. When we have to euthanize a client's cherished companion, or preside at their natural death, we try to help our clients understand that it is the last act of a loyal friend to either make that most difficult decision, or to be present at that most difficult time. In the future I will tell them "Some flare up, while others flicker out." For I know that for every one person who has the compassion to do what is right for their horse, there will be four more people who will be able to do the same. Compassion breeds compassion.And I thank you for your beautiful words and your gentle kindness to one small life - who will one day return to make one more person feel well loved.

i think your intentions were more than ok. if nothing else, she's no longer suffering from the pain she was obviously in. {hugs}

So sorry about the puppy-

So sorry about the puppy, but hopefully its karma as a dog is exhausted and perhaps it is time for a precious human rebirth. Don't beat yourself up about it. Most people would have just walked on by...

What about heartworm? That is exactly how one of our dogs died post-op, as she was HW+. Is HW an issue in Mongolia? If so, maybe the rescues should be tested prior to surgery (if not already the case).
And i of course am also sorry at her death, but do feel that when you make decisions in rescue and something goes amiss you have to review your role and actions. So I guess, unlike every else, I think 'second guessing' actions in a case like this is important. It's not just enough to say we did our best, we had good intentions. Believe me, it happens here at Tara's Babies when tragedy unfolds. It serves, hopefully, to prevent the same problem, and improve our ability to be effective.

Happy New Year, Konchog, and I have no doubt you did the right, kind thing. You're a helluva guy, and I'm glad you're here.

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Mongolia Bird List: "L" = Lifer

  • Amur Falcon -- L
  • Arctic (Hoary) Redpoll -- L
  • Arctic Warbler -- L
  • Asian Brown Flycatcher -- L
  • Asian Dowitcher -- L
  • Asian Short-toed Lark -- L
  • Azure Tit -- L
  • Bank Swallow
  • Bar-headed Goose -- L
  • Barn Swallow
  • Bean Goose -- L
  • Black Grouse -- L
  • Black Stork -- L
  • Black Woodpecker -- L
  • Black-billed Magpie
  • Black-eared Kite -- L
  • Black-headed Gull -- L
  • Black-tailed Godwit -- L
  • Black-winged Stilt
  • Blyth's Pipit -- L
  • Bohemian Waxwing -- L
  • Booted Eagle -- L
  • Brown Shrike -- L
  • Carrion Crow
  • Chinese Penduline Tit -- L
  • Chukar -- L
  • Cinereous Vulture
  • Citrine Wagtail -- L
  • Coal Tit
  • Common Cuckoo
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Common Greenshank -- L
  • Common Kestrel
  • Common Merganser
  • Common Pochard -- L
  • Common Raven
  • Common Redpoll
  • Common Redshank -- L
  • Common Rosefinch -- L
  • Common Sandpiper
  • Common Shelduck -- L
  • Common Snipe -- L
  • Common Starling
  • Common Swift
  • Common Tern
  • Crested Lark -- L
  • Curlew Sandpiper -- L
  • Dark-throated Thrush -- L
  • Daurian Jackdaw -- L
  • Daurian Partridge -- L
  • Daurian Redstart -- L
  • Demoiselle Crane -- L
  • Desert Warbler -- L
  • Desert Wheatear -- L
  • Dusky Thrush -- L
  • Dusky Warbler -- L
  • Eared Grebe
  • Eurasian Bullfinch -- L
  • Eurasian Coot -- L
  • Eurasian Curlew -- L
  • Eurasian Griffon
  • Eurasian Hobby
  • Eurasian Jay
  • Eurasian Nutcracker -- L
  • Eurasian Nuthatch -- L
  • Eurasian Skylark
  • Eurasian Sparrowhawk
  • Eurasian Spoonbill -- L
  • Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker -- L
  • Eurasian Tree Sparrow
  • Eurasian Treecreeper -- L
  • Eurasian Wigeon -- L
  • Eurasian Wryneck -- L
  • Eyebrowed Thrush -- L
  • Falcated Duck -- L
  • Fork-tailed Swift -- L
  • Gadwall
  • Garganey -- L
  • Godlewski's Bunting -- L
  • Goldcrest -- L
  • Golden Eagle
  • Gray Heron
  • Gray Wagtail -- L
  • Great Cormorant
  • Great Crested Grebe
  • Great Gray Shrike -- L
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • Great Tit
  • Greater Short-toed Lark -- L
  • Greater Spotted Eagle -- L
  • Green Sandpiper -- L
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Greenish Warbler -- L
  • Hawfinch -- L
  • Hazel Grouse -- L
  • Hen/Northern Harrier
  • Herring Gull
  • Hill Pigeon -- L
  • Hoopoe
  • Horned Grebe
  • Horned Lark
  • House Sparrow
  • Isabelline Shrike -- L
  • Isabelline Wheatear -- L
  • Kentish (Snowy) Plover -- L
  • Lesser Spotted Woodpecker -- L
  • Lesser Whitethroat -- L
  • Little Bunting -- L
  • Little Owl -- L
  • Little Ringed Plover
  • Long-tailed Rosefinch
  • Long-tailed Tit
  • Long-toed Stint -- L
  • Mallard
  • Marsh Sandpiper
  • Meadow Bunting -- L
  • Mew Gull -- L
  • Mongolian Finch -- L
  • Mongolian Ground-jay -- L
  • Mongolian Lark -- L
  • Northern Lapwing -- L
  • Northern Pintail
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Northern Wheatear
  • Olive-backed Pipit -- L
  • Oriental Plover -- L
  • Oriental Reed Warbler -- L
  • Oriental Turtle Dove
  • Pacific Golden-plover -- L
  • Paddyfield Warbler -- L
  • Pallas' Reed Bunting -- L
  • Pallas's Leaf Warbler -- L
  • Pallas's Sandgrouse -- L
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Pied Avocet -- L
  • Pied Wheatear -- L
  • Pine Bunting -- L
  • Pine Grosbeak -- L
  • Pintail Snipe -- L
  • Red (Common) Crossbill
  • Red-billed Chough -- L
  • Red-crested Pochard -- L
  • Red-flanked Bluetail -- L
  • Red-necked Grebe
  • Red-throated Flycatcher -- L
  • Richard's Pipit -- L
  • Rock Dove
  • Rock Sparrow -- L
  • Rook -- L
  • Ruddy Shelduck -- L
  • Ruddy Turnstone
  • Ruff -- L
  • Rufous-tailed Robin -- L
  • Saker Falcon -- L
  • Scaly Thrush -- L
  • Sharp-tailed Sandpiper -- L
  • Siberian Accentor -- L
  • Siberian Rubythroat -- L
  • Smew -- L
  • Spotted Flycatcher -- L
  • Spotted Redshank -- L
  • Steppe Eagle -- L
  • Swan Goose -- L
  • Temminck's Stint -- L
  • Thick-billed Warbler -- L
  • Tree Pipit -- L
  • Tufted Duck -- L
  • Twite -- L
  • Upland Buzzard -- L
  • Ural Owl -- L
  • Water Pipit -- L
  • White Wagtail
  • White-cheeked Starling -- L
  • White-naped Crane -- L
  • White-winged (Two-barred) Crossbill -- L
  • White-winged Scoter
  • White-winged Tern -- L
  • Whooper Swan -- L
  • Willow Tit -- L
  • Wood Sandpiper -- L
  • Yellow-billed Grosbeak -- L
  • Yellow-browed (Inornate) Warbler -- L