Love Lift Us Up

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His purity shines through
His purity shines through

The emaciated little pig struggled to breathe as blood poured from his snout, and yet his eyes were filled with hope. Under filth-encrusted sores and protruding bones, he glowed with such sweet purity that I had to turn away, my heart seared.

We named him Jeremiah, “God will lift him up.”

The humane police officer heroically rescued him from a living nightmare on Thursday night, but we did not know if she had gotten to him in time.  The vets warned us that the damage might be too great.  Jeremiah might not survive.

Wiping tears away that first night, I approached him with a bowl of fresh water.  Our eyes met, his holding a spark of gratitude and trust.  He sucked down the water thirstily, ate as much as his strength would allow, and allowed us to help him into a soft bed of hay.  We piled blankets on top of him and slipped a soft pillow under his head, then just sat with him as he fell into a deep sleep, grunting contentedly.

But our fight for his survival had only just begun, and he got worse before he got better.

The last several days have been a blur of vet visits, medicines, feeding his broken body by hand and even by syringe when necessary, and prayers for his survival.  Long-term pneumonia left his airways so scarred that blood and mucus spewed from his nose as he battled for air.  Painful ulcers on his feet and legs from being forced to live in his own filth caused his legs to swell unnaturally.

And yet, throughout all of it, his eyes held mine kindly and steadily.  Jeremiah’s purity remained wrenching in its deep sweetness even as he fought for his life.

This morning, I entered the barn at dawn to find him sitting up and alert, breathing normally.   His legs are still sore, but no longer grotesquely swollen.  He ate and drank with only minimal assistance, and smiled broadly as I sang to him.

Jeremiah has a long way to go, with a lot of healing yet to be done, but I believe he is going to live.  Welcome home, dear boy.  You have been lifted up.

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21 thoughts on “Love Lift Us Up

    ishkabibbul said:
    February 23, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Thank you for all you do for animals -I hope Jeremiah continues to get better.

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    BB Milward said:
    February 24, 2014 at 3:05 am

    You are truly an earth angel…without a doubt. As soon as I unload some of the debt I carry, you are my next cause to support. I love you and all that you do for your blessed charges.

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      indralokaanimalsanctuary said:
      February 24, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      Thank you so much, it is truly Jeremiah who is the angel. We have so much to learn from him, and from the brave humane officer that rescued him.

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    Lynn Braz said:
    February 24, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Indra, Thank you for the work you do. It’s difficult to imagine witnessing the level of suffering that you witness, without sinking into despair. Your are so incredibly special. You fill me with hope. Sending love and prayers to you and Jeremiah.

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      indralokaanimalsanctuary said:
      February 24, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      Lynn, Thank you for your kind sentiments. To be honest, this work is incredibly uplifting, not despairing at all. We are so blessed to have these beautiful creatures trust us and love us. What a gift and a joy.

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    Bren McClain said:
    February 24, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Indra, your work oozes love, everlasting love. More beautiful than beautiful.

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    Debra Picard said:
    February 24, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Oh that poor animal. How I’m sick to death of the damage humans do every single day to animals! THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR KIND HEART AND LOVING EYES!!! YOU BE DETERMINED TO LIVE JERMIAH! YOU ARE NOW IN SAFE AND LOVING HANDS…NOBODY WILL EVER HURT YOU EVER AGAIN! You are in piggy HEAVEN! You will be able to run FREE WITH THE OTHER PIGS…SAVED MY THE KINDNESS FROM THOSE AT INDRALOKA!!! YOU GO BOY….I LOVE YOU FROM AFAR BUT KNOW YOUR NOW LOVED AND SAFE….. 😦

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    Stefania said:
    February 25, 2014 at 12:34 am

    You are a very special person ❤ My daughter loves pigs and she was very upset…why are people so cruel 😥

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      indralokaanimalsanctuary said:
      February 25, 2014 at 1:16 am

      Please. It is Jeremiah who is special, let’s focus on him, and the heroic humane officer. I have done nothing but fall in love.

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    classylady1@comcast.net said:
    February 25, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Thank you for saving innocent Jeremiah, the pig. Please provide further updates on his activities and his condition.

    DIANE M. KASTEL WHEATON, IL UNITED STATES

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      indralokaanimalsanctuary said:
      February 25, 2014 at 1:18 am

      Diane, no thanks are needed for living my lifelong dream, but thank you so much for your kindness and support. We could not do it without the help and support of so many wonderful, caring people all over the world.

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    susanne said:
    February 27, 2014 at 12:16 am

    I would love to work with pigs. Do you have any idea how I could get involved to help them hands on?

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      indralokaanimalsanctuary said:
      February 27, 2014 at 12:23 am

      Hello Susanne, I suggest volunteering at the farm sanctuary nearest to you. Warmly, Indra

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    sallygutteridge said:
    March 17, 2014 at 8:14 am

    This is a fantastic blog! Thank you! x

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      indralokaanimalsanctuary said:
      March 17, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      I am so glad you enjoyed it, Sally. I have just visited your blog, and it is terrific as well.

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    […] dear Jeremiah came to us late at night in the dead of winter. As we mentioned before, he was only hours from […]

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    Lola L. said:
    March 10, 2016 at 8:12 am

    What a beautiful pig! I’m glad he lived.

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      indralokaanimalsanctuary responded:
      March 10, 2016 at 11:29 am

      Thanks Lola! I agree, he IS beautiful (inside and out) and I am so glad he is alive and well today!

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