To The Rescue Author:Various Authors From the Introduction — Purely one of the most important ways people and animals care for each other is to offer their help in a time of crisis. This is an expression of love in its highest form, and, amazingly, it can happen not only when the animal and the person already are good friends, but even when they meet as strangers. Sometimes it is th... more »e animal who gives its all, and sometimes it is the person. No matter?it is love in action.
-To the Rescue- is more than a book of adventure stories. It is a collection of true stories of dedication, a willingness of an animal or a person to risk its own being for the sake of the other. These challenges often occur without warning so that there is no time to consider the risks. There is only a moment to realize that we care.
In BRAVING THE IMPOSSIBLE we meet Scarlett, the mother cat who went into a burning building time after time to rescue
her kittens, and who, in turn, was treated and cared for by fire fighters who were moved by her heroism. We also learn how a puppy born wild was adopted into a loving family and later saved one member from a savage attack.
Kristin von Kreisler, in PUTTING OTHERS FIRST, takes us back a few years to a gorilla who protected a child who fell into its cage in a zoo. And there is "Children of the Air," the touching story of Ralph Heath's work among injured seabirds.
Sometimes a rescue has more to do with an injured soul than a person in physical danger. In MENDING THE SPIRIT we learn
from Jack Haring how a horse appeared on a battlefield and not only rescued wounded soldiers but restored a man's faith We also meet Mary Gladys Baker whose hope for her later years was reawakened by the two dogs who saved her life one wintry night.
NEAR ESCAPES brings us stories of high adventure and suspense. In "The Mangy Angel; Esther Vogt remembers the time her young son was saved from an intruder by a dog who was less than lovable-yet truly loving. Terri Crisp and Samantha Glen describe the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in their poignant story of a sea otter they were desperately trying to save.
In THE POWER OF LOVE we meet animals and people whose lives were redeemed because someone cared about them Drue Duke tells us about a young dove, injured while learning to fly, who was helped back into the sky by other birds. Dharma, a
stray cat, seemed to find just the right moment to come into the life of a woman struggling to survive a dreaded disease. And in "Friends of Annie" we meet three determined suburban matrons who will stop at nothing to find a good home for a needy kitten.
The stories in -To the Rescue- have a lesson for all of us. They tell us that each of us can make a remarkable difference in the lives of our fellow creatures when we trust God to lead us to someone in need and show us how we can help. --PHYLLIS HOBE« less