Helping ones in need is in our DNA or passed on from our...

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When I was growing up, my parents always set the example, they were generous to a fault when it came to give  to the needy. My mother told me stories how my grandfather came home on a freezing cold winter night and my grandmother wanted to know what happened to his winter coat? He simply said there was this guy who was freezing and did not have one, so he gave it away.

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I always asked question and the answer was that we are so lucky that we have so much more than others and we are able to give.

Then we immigrated to Austria and we received help from Catholic Charities and suddenly, I understood what it was like receiving when in need. Fast forward to the coming to the United States, I understood how hard my parents worked to be able to have me the opportunity to go to good schools and at the same time have most of the luxuries we used to have when we lived in Hungary.

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One thing I noticed was my parents always donated to various causes, mostly to less fortunate people. I asked my parents why are you doing it? Afterall you work so hard and you do not have everything you want. The response was always the same, there are people who have less than we have, and they need it more than we do. We are grateful that we can give.

Growing up this philosophy  resonated with me all my life even in adulthood.  I have always given to various causes, Veterans, Wounded Veterans and the list goes on and on. I do not talk about it but still do.

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When I met Diane,  her causes were  helping the animals in need. We both understood that animals suffer quietly, and no one is there to speak up for them. For the past 24+ years we have supported Animal Rescue Organizations on the local and national level. Not only did we and do support  them financially, but Diane volunteers her time at the minimum 4-6 hours every weekend. While she is walking the animals and taking care of their needs, I pick up the slack at home with our own animals. At the same time, we  choose to do this instead of going away for the weekends somewhere fun just as an example. We get joy and  pleasure out of knowing, that we have made these helpless animals lives a little better. When occasionally I pop in to the Animal Rescue Organization, it is such a wonderful feeling to see how the animals are excited to see Diane. She is making a difference in their lives it is obvious to the casual observer.

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Last year, we made a conscious effort to bring animals over to our back yard. This was after we lost my assistant Schmoie, we wanted to give them a few hours away from the kennel. Let them have fun in our back yard. We all work hard trying to get them adopted and there were a few success stories we feel that we helped and made a difference. Others we are just happy to hear that they were adopted, and tears of joy often flows from the celebrations.

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This year we decided to do the hardest part as far as I am concerned. Pets that are for all practical purposes in their last phase of their lives. They are  past the opportunity to be adopted. We want to give them a quality end of life. I have never realized how hard  this is. After all  being an Airborne Ranger Infantry  Soldier in  my early days, I have seen soldiers die in training and real situations, no tears, just empathy and sadness. On the other hand, seeing these helpless animals slowly fading away is the hardest thing I experienced, and many tears have dropped, clearly because our home is dusty… I just hope we both will remain strong enough to repeat the gift after the last one passes. I hope we can be strong enough to do it again. Hopefully not too soon will we need to face this dilemma again.

This post was submitted and inspired by an Active Rain Challenge. The giving has been inspired by growing up in an environment where giving was the norm....

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Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Grant Schneider  not sure about the hearts but big tear ducts for sure:)) thank you for your kind words, Endre

Feb 20, 2019 10:04 PM #20
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders  you are so right, you can feel the love is just oozing out of them:))Endre

Feb 20, 2019 10:05 PM #21
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Sheila Anderson   you get it, good news today  I boiled some chicken breast and Diane mixed it with the healthy food and she gobbled down a half a chicken breast, we celebrated after it:))Endre

Feb 20, 2019 10:07 PM #22
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Nina Hollander  so nice of you to say that and we were happy to  meet you in Boston, Endre

Feb 20, 2019 10:08 PM #23
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Wayne Martin  always appreciate your support and thank you for the kind words, Endre

Feb 20, 2019 10:09 PM #24
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Michael Jacobs  I can hear Diane's mother in my ears today... "you are just as crazy as she is".... and my father " I really like her even though she is crazy":))Endre

Feb 20, 2019 10:11 PM #25
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Debe Maxwell, CRS  indeed  you are right the housekeepers we have do not do a good job with the dusting... you know living next to LAX there is a lot of dust.., Well no wonder, that you have the  same problem... we are related after all:))  and it is an emotional roller coaster ride, never the less we feel we owe it to these discarded animals that not all the humans are bad just they happened to get one of those....Endre

Feb 20, 2019 10:24 PM #26
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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We are sure the "four foooteds" as my Mom used to call her "grand-cats" and dog...appreciate your attention. Their thanks is expressed in love only people with Pets understand.  We would politely disagree with weekends off implying neglect of furry friends.  Everyone we know has a "pet sitter" that their animals just love including us...three boys next door who wear Dini out playing and leave Magic after his customary few pets and a purr.Appreciate your entry...and 4 footed gift !

Feb 21, 2019 05:58 AM #27
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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That makes perfect sense - they really got a bad deal with their previous humans, Endre. It just breaks my heart.

Feb 21, 2019 09:48 PM #28
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson  nice to have you stop in, you are always welcome to my posts, my pleasure to participate in something you are sponsoring, Endre

Feb 21, 2019 09:51 PM #29
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Debe Maxwell, CRS  she stopped eating the canned stuff and the kibble, so now I am cooking for her too:)) it is all good.... ground beef with rice and boiled chicken breasts and she is having a field day with it she has eating more in two days with my cooking than she did all week:)))Endre

Feb 21, 2019 09:53 PM #30
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Yes, I think she's milking this personal chef thing, Endre! She's a smart cookie!! 

Feb 21, 2019 10:15 PM #31
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Ha Ha Debe Maxwell, CRS  I agree with you on the other hand Diane has her half way in the grave.... unfortunately it is a Roller Coaster Ride:)Endre

Feb 21, 2019 10:17 PM #32
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Endre, It always amazes me how similar our upbringing was as my parents were very much like yours and it has stayed with me. What you and Diane are doing for the animals is hard but also rewarding and I read your post with tears...obviously very dusty here too. I'm glad to hear that your cooking is a hit with Carmen. :)  Diana

Feb 22, 2019 09:51 AM #33
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Steve Higgins
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Hi Endre,

A great post! You come from pretty special parents and grandparents their hearts were definitely in the right place! Your's and Diane's are too. Tracy my wife is very much like Diane her love for animals is incredible. She volunteers and fosters for a local rescue. We will be fostering a puppy once she returns in March that needs hospice care due to a very bad heart murmur. 

Feb 23, 2019 05:27 PM #34
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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That is very cool Endre Barath, Jr. you make me want to jump in and do the same.

Feb 24, 2019 04:05 PM #35
Rainmaker
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Diana Zaccaro  yes over the years it is clear we have similar values and attitudes clearly we both need new cleaners to get rid of all the dust:)Endre

Feb 24, 2019 06:33 PM #36
Rainmaker
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Steve Higgins  it is not easy but thank you for doing the hard fostering....Endre

Feb 24, 2019 06:34 PM #37
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Steve Higgins
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Hi Endre,

We have been foster fails twice! And if I had let Tracy it would have been twice more! We have had a lot of dogs come through our doors, and a lot of tears shed by Tracy. But she would never give it up for the world she loves it.

Feb 25, 2019 06:02 PM #38
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Bob "RealMan" Timm  if you are into a Roller Coaster of an emotional ride go for it the animals need you. Endre

Feb 25, 2019 06:42 PM #39
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