A blog about dog training and dog breeding…and other sundry matters

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here, and for the entire week I managed to do a bit of training with only one dog.  With the recent crisis in Haiti, our neighbor, I find it really hard to engage in such mundane activities like dog training and blogging.

My heart goes out to the Haitians.  I don’t know about the rest of the world, but I have a hard time keeping a dry eye when I see the images of destruction and hopelessness on CNN.  I feel totally hopeless, too, because every time I think I’ll donate something somewhere, I am presented with obstacles.

We’re being told that the lack of infrastructure and personnel prevents aid from getting to the survivors.  I want to give, but will Haitians really get the stuff?  I worry that men, women, and children, the most vulnerable of all, will die a slow painful death of starvation.

I would love to give money, and have been contributing to various disaster relief  accounts, but I’m told that only about 60% of every dollar actually gets used for disaster relief.

What to do?  Well, first of all, I choose to donate through established organizations such as the ODPEM (Office of Disaster Preparedness Emergency Management) in Jamaica, and  The Red Cross, for example. 

I choose to donate, anyway, despite the seeming obstacles, because I feel that while the world waits, people die.  I trust that a way will open up for these poor Haitians to get help, and it is for that reason that I choose to continue donating whenever and wherever I can.

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