The last thing I wanted to do was go out into the pouring rain this morning, especially after I had my hair straightened two days ago, professionally. But I rugged up. Bundled my hair in a pony tail, put an old lady plastic bonnet over that, and then my sweatshirt hood over that. I came home and stripped off every last soaking piece of clothing I had on, and my hair was still damp.
I do it though because of the animals. They are hungry, and no matter the weather, they depend on me to come and give them something to eat. Poor babies. I try to make their meager shelters as comfortable for them as possible. Must get more shelter.
I leave you with this story, the Rabbinic Judaism version of Noah's Ark.
According to Sanhedrin 108B, Noah was engaged both day and night in feeding and caring for the animals, and did not sleep for the entire year aboard the ark. The animals were the best of their species, and so behaved with utmost goodness. They abstained from procreation, so that the number of creatures that disembarked was exactly equal to the number that embarked. The raven created problems, refusing to leave the ark when Noah sent it forth and accusing the patriarch of wishing to destroy its race, but as the commentators pointed out, God wished to save the raven, for its descendants were destined to feed the prophet Elijah.
According to one tradition, refuse was stored on the lowest of the ark's three decks, humans and clean beasts on the second, and the unclean animals and birds on the top; a differing interpretation described the refuse as being stored on the utmost deck, from where it was shoveled into the sea through a trapdoor. Precious stones, said to be as bright as the noon sun, provided light, and God ensured that food remained fresh. Some more unorthodox interpretations of the ark narrative also surfaced: the 12th-century Jewish commentator Abraham ibn Ezra interpreted the ark as being a vessel that remained underwater for 40 days, after which it floated to the surface.
OH! Baxter is going to his hopefully forever home today! Fingers crossed! :) Now we have Paddy, Peaches and Peppercorn, the adults, and Riley, Squirt, Sydney and Joanie, the kittens, to find homes for! Spread the word!