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I have found what I want to do after I retire:)
I went to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, to volunteer, playing with, and caring for some of the animals there. I went with 3 other ladies, and we had such a good time. We spent most of the time, with the dogs, but one morning, we helped with sheep, goats, and pigs. (I even took a pig for a walk.... He was so cute). It was all quite physical, and I enjoyed every minute of it.
I could feel my stress level go lower and lower, with every dog, I walked, and every pan of food, I prepared, and gave. It was an incredible experience to be around that many dogs. Best Friends has figured out the best ways, to house, exercise, feed, and sometimes, rehabilitate animals, from all kinds of unfortunate situations. Some of the dogs were warm and friendly, some shy and fearful...but I loved every one. I adopted a dog from there in July... He is very shy, and needs a lot of help.
I would love to do something like that daily.. Too bad I can't earn enough money, doing that sort of thing. It won't be the last time I go there. We are planning on going again in the spring. If I can feel that happy taking care of animals, I expect my retirement years to be filled with bliss:)
About Stacey Lannert
Stacey is free. In January 2009, Missouri Governor Matt Blunt commuted her sentence of life without parole. She is currently speaking out about sexual abuse and sharing her message of love, healing and forgiveness.