Today is all about JOY!!! Yes, Joy for life, Joy of love and definitely love of JOY!!!
Happy 3 year Anniversary Joy (aka Tiny and several other love names)!!! Today, three years ago, I picked up my precious little Joy from SaveABunny.org as a birthday gift to me, after she came into my dream and spoke to me telepathically. This connection was made by my dearly departed Nestor in a story that is too long to share and hard for some to grasp. The pick up was shared with Laura Bruno, who accompanied me for a special birthday celebration feast at Cafe Gratitude up north, followed by a visit to the shelter to get my new bunny love. It was about a 3 to 3 1/2 hour drive from my home in Lake Tahoe, but worth it for good food, friend, fun and love!
Laura and I had met the SaveABunny.org Founder, Marcy Schaaf and some of her staff at the World Veg Festival in San Francisco, which included Ambassador Scooter, a sweet rescue lop bunny whose found sanctuary with Marcy.
Founded in 1999, SaveABunny is a nonprofit, volunteer-oriented animal rescue organization based in Mill Valley, California and recognized as a leader in the “new generation” of rabbit rescue. SaveABunny rescues and assists Northern California shelters to adopt more than 300 domestic rabbits per year and is funded primarily through donations and grants, and secondarily through adoption fees and specialty services such as boarding, rabbit grooming, and limited merchandise sales. I was assisting Laura, as her photograher, with an article she was writing for We Like It Raw, when we were guided to the SaveABunny booth.
After talking with Marcy, not only did I learn the very disheartening fact that rabbits are the #3 most euthanized animals after dogs and cats, but I discovered what Nestie had in store for me. I knew I had to be a part of supporting Marcy’s heartfelt efforts and so I did visit the shelter to give healing Reiki energy to the bunnies there, which is how I first met Joy Juliana – as she was named Juliana, which I kept as her middle name and still call her Jules and Jewel as some of her nick names. I received confirmation of Nestie’s nudge when a SaveABunny t-shirt suddenly came into my visual field. I turned to Laura and said, “Oh my gosh! It’s Nestie!” And so it was, and of course I quickly purchased the t-shirt (All proceeds going straight to the bunnies of course!) with grey lop-earred bunny under a Full Moon, of all things! It is an exact image of what Nestor looked like and depicted her connection with the moon. I always heed the signs!
(Image left is the SaveABunny t-shirt I bought at the World Veg Festival – which I like to call, Nestie under the Full Moon: Comes from the Reflection of Compassion (Aijo-no-kagami) series of five rabbit watercolors created by artist Elizabeth Koval Maffeo of Koval Designs. Each painting is inspired by the Japanese story “Rabbit in the Moon.” This story deals with the rabbit’s compassion and charity. These paintings are created to symbolize that display of compassion.)
At first I was against getting another bunny, after having lost Nestor, which was the most traumatic experience of my life. But I knew Nestie knew better and there was some healing alchemy in her plan in store. So, I listened to the insistent nudges that kept coming to me with visions of Joy and not being able to stop thinking about her. I ended up emailing Marcy to ask about her after some time had past from my first meeting with her. Marcy informed me that a family had come to see her and were thinking about taking her, but she knew my dedicated love and being a Reiki practitioner herself she understood the magick of the story I relayed and said, if you want her, she’s yours.
I didn’t hesitate after that and went to get her two days before my birthday. Marcy informed me that right after I had told her I was taking Joy, that the family had called wanting Joy for sure. Timing is everything! Joy knew this, which is why she showed up in my dream with a message really fast because she preferred coming home with me and knew she had only a window to work quickly. Luckily I listend because she has brought so much love and magick back into my life and has not only aided my healing of losing Nestor physically, but she’s proven to bring some very powerful gifts into our experience together, allows me to cuddle her, whereas Nestie had her own way I honored, and facilitates communication between Nestor and I, sometimes channeling Nestor.
It’s such an amazing friendship we have.
There just simply are NO coincidences! Thank you Nestie! And thanks to Marcy for the love that she shares, for Laura who supported me in the process of bringing Joy into my life and for Joy showing up just when I needed her, and she me.
I love you Tiny!!!