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Friday, February 10, 2012

Heroes

Thanks to some great help taking care of the animals, I was able to attend the Masters of Foxhounds Association's annual meeting in New York City last month. I figured this blog could also take a little trip away from pony updates and lesson reports, just for one entry, to share some of my discoveries in Manhattan.
The memory of 9/11 is never far away in New York. Walking around the Upper East Side near 65th Street, nowhere near Ground Zero, I came upon this tiny engine company bay. Meticulously painted and maintained, the names of twelve firefighters from this house who died at the Twin Towers are painted on the bright red door. It's hard to imagine the impact of such a huge loss, and this was just one engine company out of the dozens of units responding. Seeing this memorial, so far uptown from the World Trade Center, really made me reflect on the vast scope of that event. True heroes who selflessly ran into burning buildings trying to save as many people as they could.
The photo above is the statue in Central Park honoring Balto, and the other sled dogs, who carried the diptheria medicine 600 miles across the Alaskan wilderness to Nome in 1925. Their amazing feat saved many lives and is commemorated each year by the famous Iditarod dog sled race. This excellent statue is located near the children's zoo and it was fun to watch many New Yorkers walk their own assorted canines past it on a sunny Saturday. Can you imagine today, knowing that your health was dependent on the bravery and strength of a team of dogs to come through for you? What a great true story.

Let's be grateful for those around us who do so much to help others. And next time I'll catch you up on news from the farm.