VIDEO: Blind Hope – An Unwanted Dog and the Woman She Rescued
Kim Meeder took an abandoned rock quarry in Oregon, rebuilt its landscape and purpose into a shelter for rescued horses. From that came a ministry that pairs caring for the recovering horses with children in need. Called Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, Kim and husband Troy rely heavily on trained volunteers to keep their dream functioning. Laurie Sacher, one volunteer who stayed on to become an employee, found her very life change as she settled into life at Crystal Peaks.
Kim narrates this short, but powerful book of Laurie's acceptance of God's love and care, all because she adopted a battered, extremely ill dog. Renamed Mia by Laurie, the Austrialian sheepdog looked nothing like the beautiful, long haired specimen that Laurie imagined would become her new companion. Instead Mia was underweight, had halitosis, needed to have an infected eye removed, and needed insulin injections daily. But from the first full face lick, Laurie could not turn away from her new family, and such began the daily lessons and analogies Laurie learned. When Mia became totally blind, the two trained so Mia would follow her master's voice. Lesson: "What faith . . . to follow a master . . . you cannot see." When vets gave Laurie a way out from the responsibility and cost of caring for such an ill animal, the woman saw instead another lesson: "Love is not a feeling but a choice."
Soon she was facing her own weaknesses and hang-ups. She realized she had been caught up in a negative self-image, focusing on her body and her popularity, frequently embracing new causes and lifestyles, only to run when anything or anyone challenged her. She described her faith as only strong enough to get her a place with other believers, but never having any substance of its own. All that changed through her role as Mia's caregiver. And as the title shows, it was the blind dog who helped the woman SEE.
Told as if Laurie is telling Kim her story as the two friends hike, ride, and ski over several months, the book is rich with powerful one-liners that echo our relationship with God. However, I found that format of revealing Laurie's transformation a tad contrived. I know that Kim is already a published author who has told other stories of change from the ranch, but since Laurie is an adult, I felt the whole book would have had more power if she had told the story. I would recommend the book to anyone who is an animal lover or to those who seem to be floundering a little.
For more information about Kim Meeder and her writing, check this author bio:
I received a copy of this book for review purposes from BloggingforBooks and Waterbrook Multnomah. The opinions are my own.