How Did a TurtleEver since I was a little girl, I have had so much love and compassion for animals.

When I was little my mom worked as a veterinary assistant, so I would often get to go with her to spend time with the sick animals at the pet hospital. I would pet them and talk to them and generally just try to make them “feel better” (I guess I’ve always been a healer at heart too!). These are my first memories of showing real compassion for animals. 

I live a ways outside of the city in the rural countryside and would literally drive past horses, cows, and even llamas on my commute to work. I love how peaceful it is. There’s TONS of wildlife around my home – toads, turkeys, woodchucks, a myriad of small birds, ground squirrels, rabbits, hawks, owls, and a rainbow of insects and butterflies. I adore it.

Every summer, as soon as it begins to get hot and dry, there’s a stretch of road near my home that becomes a makeshift turtle crossing.

The turtles walk from the farm fields to a large pond on the other side of the road. The problem is, they are trying to get nearer to the water, but they often become hot and tired on their journey and stop in the road. I honestly can’t count the number of times I’ve pulled my car off to the side of the road to stop and collect the turtles and escort them safely to the other side.

Once, a grizzled, old farmer pulled over his rusty pick-up truck and rolled down the window – I was certain her was going to scold me for holding up traffic…but instead, he offered his help making sure the turtles were safe. He mentioned that he often stopped to scoop up the turtles and carry them to safety.

Tortoise3_cepolinaOf all the times I’ve helped the turtles, I’ve never seen one that had been injured.

A few weeks ago, I was on my way to my new age store in Madison, WI and stopped to help yet another turtle that was crossing the big stretch of highway. I gently picked him up, carried him over to the tall grass near the pond, and set him down. Only…he didn’t crawl away. All of the other turtles had always scurried away (they’re much faster than you’d expect them to be). He just stayed put in the grass. When I leaned in close to look at him I realized that his shell was cracked near his tail, he was bleeding, and he didn’t seem to be able to move his back legs. 

I was shocked and scared. I knew I needed to help.

So I raced to my car and grabbed a plastic bag (the only thing I had in there at the time), picked him up, and set him on top of the plastic. I handed him to my brother, who was sitting in the passenger seat of my car. Then I sped off to the nearest vet and asked them for help. They told me that they could only be sure the turtle was stable enough to transport and that I would have to take him to an emergency vet clinic about 15 minutes away. They cleaned up the blood from the turtle’s legs and wrapped him in a towel. I rushed off to the next vet. It turns out that vet clinic works closely with a local Wildlife Rehabilitation Center called Four Lakes. Four Lakes specializes in turtle rehab, among other things.

Screen Shot 2016-07-11 at 8.20.02 PMI told the woman at the counter that I’d be happy to pay for any medical care the turtle needed, I felt so connected with it. I knew this turtle was a fighter… She explained that Four Lakes is a non-for-profit organization and relies heavily on private donations to keep its doors open. She assured me they’d get the turtle to Four Lakes where it could get the best possible care.

Four Lakes called me two days later to give me an update about the turtle. It wasn’t good news. Unfortunately the turtle had extensive damage to its pelvis and had to be euthanized.

I was crushed. My heart was broken.

I have to admit, I felt a bit silly sobbing over a turtle that wasn’t a pet…a turtle that I only spent a short hour or two with. Yet…I knew how deeply I felt my emotions.

I had connected with this tiny shelled being, TRULY connected. My heart went out to the turtle the day I found it. I tried sending it healing energy while waiting at the vet clinic. I tried affirmations, and I tried prayer.

Even though it didn’t work out in the end, I knew in my heart that I did everything in my power to save this turtle that someone had carelessly injured with their vehicle.

I cried every day for two weeks about that turtle. It was the carelessness and disregard for life that hurt my heart the most. 

Just about two weeks to the day of when I had found the turtle, I was in my shop downtown Madison. I had been working with a customer and commented on her cute “Dog Mom” t-shirt. We bonded over our love of animals…it was a lovely chat.

Rabbit001Not ten minutes after the woman left, she returned to the store with a concerned look on her face. She said she was walking up the street, through a residential area, back to where she had parked her car. She saw a woman standing on the sidewalk staring at the ground. Out of curiosity, she stopped to see what the other woman was staring at. It happened to be a bunny. Not quite fully grown yet, it was just sitting in the grass…not hopping away even though it was a beautiful day and tons of people were walking around outside. She knelt down and leaned in toward the bunny, but it still didn’t budge. She got concerned that it might be injured and came into the store to see if we could call someone to help.

I was just a few minutes from leaving to go home when she came in. I was pretty concerned that the bunny was acting so odd. So, I put on some rubber gloves, grabbed a small towel and a cardboard box and walked with the woman to where the bunny was sitting in the grass. I reached out gently with one hand and the bunny turned its head in a strange way (almost upside down and backwards, kind of like an owl), but it didn’t try to run away.

It was almost as if the bunny thought it was running or moving away, but it was sitting still.

I covered it with the towel, scooped it up, and placed it gently in the safety of the dark cardboard box. I took it back to my shop while I got my car from the parking garage. One of my psychic readers sent Reiki to the bunny while waiting for me to return with my vehicle. This time, I knew exactly what to do. I hopped in my car and drove immediately to Four Lakes Wildlife Center. I gave them the bunny, explained the circumstances, made a donation to cover the rabbit’s care, and went home.

This time, I told myself I wouldn’t get so attached to the bunny…which was SO difficult. He was such a sweet little thing. Two days later, I received another sad call. The woman explained that the bunny had severe neurological damage, possibly from ingesting poison or pesticide, and that he could not be saved because the damage was so severe. Although I was sad, it was not quite as devastating as it had been with the turtle. But, it still hurt. This time, I decided to meditate and ask why these animals were coming to me during their last hours.

The answer was loud and clear. The animals need our help.

Although Four Lakes was unable to help the turtle and the bunny that I brought in, this amazing organization does help hundreds of animals each year with their work.

So, I decided to create a very special offer to help raise support for the staff and volunteers of Four Lakes Wildlife Center here in Wisconsin.

Four Lakes Wildlife Center runs a local program dedicated to providing responsible care for the ill, injured and orphaned wildlife of south central Wisconsin. As a charitable organization, they are committed to promoting education and awareness of the crucial role of wildlife in our communities, and have helped over 3,000 animals in need during the 13 years that the program has been running.

This incredible organization is so well deserving, which is why I’ve created this really special bundle offer.

For 3 days only, you can get 50% off a bundle of 8 digital products (over $75 value) for just $37

100% of the proceeds will go to the Four Lakes Wildlife Center to help them continue their amazing work helping deserving animals that need care.

Click here to get your special bundle deal now, and help the animals at the same time.

The digital bundle includes:

  • A Crystal Meditation for Happiness & Joy – audio download mp3
  • Auralite-23: Crystalline Meditations – audio download (entire album) mp3
  • Auralite-23: Transformational Amethyst from the Cave of Wonders e-kit
  • Chakra Crystal Healing e-kit
  • Connecting with Crystals – audio download mp3
  • Crystal Healing Workshop – audio download (entire album) mp3
  • Crystal Journey Meditation Exercise – audio download mp3
  • Crystals for Ancestor Connection e-kit

That’s more than $75 worth of awesome crystal goodness, for just $37!

You can only get this deal through this special link – so bookmark this page if you want to come back to it and purchase the bundle later.

But don’t wait too long – this is only available for 3 days and closes THIS THURSDAY, July 14th at 11.59pm CST.

So get your digital bundle now and know that 100% of your money will go to helping all the turtles, bunnies and many other deserving animals in need.

Crystal blessings always and in all ways,

Ashley

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How Did a Turtle and a Bunny Change My Life? (and help HUNDREDS of other animals?)
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How Did a Turtle and a Bunny Change My Life? (and help HUNDREDS of other animals?)
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A turtle and a bunny changed my life, and it's probably not in the way you're expecting! Find out where my love and compassion for animals stems from...
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2 responses to “How Did a Turtle and a Bunny Change My Life? (and help HUNDREDS of other animals?)

  1. Katie Wallace on November 10, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    I had a baby bird in the grass with bugs starting to crawl on it, soaking cold wet from sprinklers, I washed it, and wrapped it in warm towels and just held it tight and rubbed it for hours in to the late night. Put a foot warmer under a towel in a box and got 3 hours of sleep before work. Next morning he was looking around and I thought he’d be ok. Well he wasn’t,.. and no-one would return my calls. Your stories brought tears to my eyes. I cried for days over that little guy!! I think the word is empath, and good for you! I’m glad I came across your site!
    Peace love respect :0)
    Katie

    1. Love & Light Support on December 11, 2016 at 9:16 pm

      I’m so sorry to hear that Katie! Thanks for your comment, and for trying to save your little bird 🙂

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