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2011-06-03 05:07:48
Hello Connie: While I am glad that Molly continues to inspire people, I am disappointed you are using my copyrighted photo from my book Molly the Pony A True Story without permission. Please add to your text that the photograph was taken by Pam Kaster.
2011-05-30 22:38:19
CONNIE: When you got no example for your duplicates: you complain. When you got an example for your duplicates: you complain. When others uploaded duplicates: you complain. When you uploaded duplicates: you make excuses. You should look to yourself! Good night! : )
2011-05-30 20:01:23
I forgot to say thank you for the information ;-)
2011-05-30 20:00:38
Gabrielle, I saw the video of Midnite, the miniature horse. What was really incredible is when moments after the second adjustment of his prothesis, he started to run. I have forwarded the information to friends and relatives. Great video!
2011-05-30 19:50:22
DUPLICATE: I finally remembered the other comment you made and under which photo. You say above that jchip8 previously posted this photo, but you chose not to provide proof - a link. That must have really upset you and kept you awake at night.
2011-05-30 05:34:09
Thank you very much my 'almost Canadian' friend;-) I'll check out the story on Midnite. I love stories of humans and animals who are determined and courageous in dealing with suffering. It's kind of lonely on the site now - hardly no one is posting or commenting. Where's Patito, and his friend Larry Sheldon ;-) I liked Larry socking it to Patito sometimes - he was good at it...heehee. Are you reading this Patito? I don't really blame you for staying away; as soon as you get back on, someone pops up and socks it to you. Fuzzy Wuzzy Blue One popped up very briefly and then flew away on the wind. Peasant and Ademir pop in once in a while. C'est la vie!
2011-05-30 04:59:42
Connie this is a great picture and story. I have not seen it before, anywhere. Have you seen the story of Midnite, a little horse rescued by "Ranch Hand Rescue". He also has a prosethetic leg, in his case a hind leg. You can see him both on the Ranch Hand rescue site and YouTube. It is good to have you back, you are posting some great pics, keep it up. Your cos from oz.
2011-05-29 19:02:54
Duplicate - Can you provide the link to jchip8's posting. It's not fair to say someone already posted a photo and yet provide no proof.
2011-05-29 11:42:02
When I got the photo and story via e-mail, I searched in TinEye and Pixdaus; nothing came up. Could you please provide a link to the one jchip8 posted?
2011-05-29 10:42:28
Uploaded by jchip8 before!
2011-05-29 08:12:55
Sorry Connie. My mistake. I'm sorry that you had to stay at that place for so long. I hope you are feeling much better nowadays. I've never smoked in my life and I don't intend to start it anytime soon either...
2011-05-29 08:03:18
I didn't work there; I was an out-patient at the centre for a year and three months. I used to smoke, but it didn't affect me ;-)
2011-05-29 07:52:56
There were quite a few results on that search page that I found about impotence and smoking. I read one other result and it said that impotence was linked to smoking, but I didn't notice the date of when it was written. That work you did there at the rehab centre must of been a satisfying and rewarding experience for you, Connie... :)
2011-05-29 06:45:25
That article was written in June 1999; I was at the rehab centre in Spring 2000. I suspect I had read the article in June or July 1999, but I would not have remember reading it; but, it would still be in my memory...if that makes sense. So, I was in fact repeated the article to him. It was interesting how a 17 year old guy and a 54 year old woman clicked. I also hope and pray that he is living a full and happy life.
2011-05-29 04:29:07
Hi Connie, My dad always told me to make a fist and be determined and say to yourself, "I CAN do this !". I've always followed his piece of advice. It helps an awful lot with my depression too. I hope that the young 17 year old man that you spoke to has a very happy and healthy life now. As for the statement about smoking that you made to him, I don't think you were far off the mark, if this link is anything to go by.....
2011-05-29 03:46:02
Thank you both. After my MVA eleven years ago, I spent over a year at a rehabilitation centre. I met some courageous and unfortunately some bitter patients there. I believe how we react to a negative situation determines how well we will heal. I chatted a lot with this cute 17 years old young man. He had suffered a head injury while snowboarding without a helmet. The doctors had told him that he would probably not need a wheelchair at some point, but that he would likely never be able to continue his education, get a career etc. I told him about stories I had read and heard of people who had overcome horrendous injuries through sheer determination, courage and belief in themselves. He said that the doctors were too negative and too quick to give up. I agreed with him. He worked hard at all his rehab sessions. He was a very determined young man and very courageous. I often wonder about the outcome of his rehab, and what his life is like. What I do know is that he did the best he could with what he had. And that is all anyone can ask of us. On the funny side: We would often sit in the courtyard chatting away while he puffed away on his cigarettes - about his friends, hobbies and particularly about girls. One day he asked me if it was true that smoking was bad for you. I knew if I answered that it was real bad for one's health, he would not pay much attention. Young people think they are immortal...we all did. So, I said studies had shown that smoking can lead to impotence in young men (I made that up). His mouth dropped! I never saw him with a cigarette.
2011-05-29 00:59:45
Connie, this story is very beautiful and I thankyou for taking the time to share this with us. What a very courageous pony.... :)
2011-05-28 22:32:26
You are right Connie. This is a heart-warming story. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story...
2011-05-28 22:05:14
A friend sent me the photo and story. It's a big long but well worth your time. If you feel like it, forward this and share it with all of the animal lovers that you know. God's creatures often reflect the character we aspire to. Molly is a grey speckled pony who was abandoned by her owners when Hurricane Katrina hit southern Louisiana. She spent weeks on her own before finally being rescued and taken to a farm where abandoned animals were stockpiled. While there, she was attacked by a dog and almost died. Her gnawed right front leg became infected, and her vet went to LSU for help, but LSU was overwhelmed, and this pony was a welfare case. You know how that goes. But after surgeon Rustin Moore met Molly, he changed his mind. He saw how the pony was careful to lie down on different sides so she didn't seem to get sores and how she allowed people to handle her. She protected her injured leg. She constantly shifted her weight and didn't overload her good leg. She was a smart pony with a serious survival ethic. Moore agreed to remove her leg below the knee, and a temporary artificial limb was built. Molly walked out of the clinic and her story really begins there. 'This was the right horse and the right owner,' Moore insists. Molly happened to be a one-in-a-million patient. She's tough as nails, but sweet, and she was willing to cope with pain. She made it obvious she understood that she was in trouble. The other important factor, according to Moore, is having a truly committed and compliant owner who is dedicated to providing the daily care required over the lifetime of the horse. Molly's story turns into a parable for life in Post-Katrina Louisiana. The little pony gained weight, and her mane finally felt a comb. A human prosthesis designer built her a leg. The prosthetic has given Molly a whole new life, Allison Barca DVM, Molly's regular vet, reports. And she asks for it. She will put her little limb out, and come to you and let you know that she wants you to put it on. Sometimes she wants you to take it off too. And sometimes, Molly gets away from Barca. “It can be pretty bad when you can't catch a three-legged horse”, she laughs. Most important of all, Molly has a job now. Kay, the rescue farm owner, started taking Molly to shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers - anywhere she thought that people needed hope. Wherever Molly went, she showed people her pluck. She inspired people, and she had a good time doing it. “It's obvious to me that Molly had a bigger role to play in life”, Moore said. She survived the hurricane; she survived a horrible injury, and now she is giving hope to others.' Barca concluded, 'She's not back to normal, but she's going to be better. To me, she could be a symbol for New Orleans itself.