What’s Happening: August 21, 2013


  • Joy Rowland just posted this lovely message about Suzanne, AHAR and Passion.
    Jus…

    Joy Rowland just posted this lovely message about Suzanne, AHAR and Passion.
    Just back from AHAR – so glad I was there today the day that Passion took flight. I didn't see it but I cried when Suzanne came back and told me! And I'll be there again tomorrow to see it!! Driving home I stopped to text Suzanne just to tell her how amazingly beautiful the blue moon was – in front of me all the way – shining down for Passion. It's only once in a blue moon you meet a horse like Passion and it's also only once in a blue moon you meet a woman like Suzanne Gibbons – and yes she'll tell me and she'll tell you that AHAR is NOT about her it's about the animals and she doesn't want, doesn't need to be spoken of like a hero – in fact she'd rather no one mentioned her – well sorry Suzanne, you are the beating heart of that incredible place, all that knowledge you have and share, all that love for every lucky animal that comes your way. I'll stop now as I know I'm gushing!!! That moon is yours tonight Suzanne – shining for Passion and AHAR – oh and Dottie!!!!!! See you tomorrow! xxx
  • Is she stunning or what? I cant wait till shes all round and looking amazing. Or…
    Is she stunning or what? I cant wait till shes all round and looking amazing. Or for the day i gallop her on a beach because I just know, she will have wings….xx

  • Eva was so excited she gave Passions dog Arion a hug too. This dog has also come…
    Eva was so excited she gave Passions dog Arion a hug too. This dog has also come a long way with Passion. Compared to the feral dog who came to our gate for help three days after we rescued Passion and since has never left her side. There is definitely a film in the making here xx

  • Georgia comes to give Passion a hug and a kiss for being such a brave girl today…
    Georgia comes to give Passion a hug and a kiss for being such a brave girl today.
    Poor Georgia was at a bag pack and I rang her crying when Passion ran around the field. I had them all upset lol. Anny had to get Georgia a cup of tea to calm her down xx

  • As she grabs the last mouth full at the side of the road…heading home.
    As she grabs the last mouth full at the side of the road…heading home.

  • Passion grabbing the last bit of grass before she heads back to her stable for t…
    Passion grabbing the last bit of grass before she heads back to her stable for the night. All her dogs waiting at the gate.

  • Passion’s Journey

    The photo on the left is the day after Passion was rescued…

    Passion’s Journey

    The photo on the left is the day after Passion was rescued and she came to AHAR, so weak and emaciated that she had to be constantly supported by a specially constructed harness. The photo on the right is Passion today, just over 10 weeks later.

    This was the Facebook post which accompanied the original photo:

    "After a 7 hour rescue mission today to save a beautiful mare that was dumped and left for dead, she is now safe at AHAR. Thanks to John O'Neill who came with his teleporter and stayed with us until we had her lifted to safety. John you’re a legend.

    She is so weak she can not stand up without support so the volunteers made a way to keep her standing (as lying down would mean she can’t urinate and would make her toxic and also the risk of colic). I know where we will all be sleeping tonight…. I think it will be a stable sleepover. Please keep your fingers crossed. The next few days will tell so much."

    At the time she was rescued, Passion was given a 20% chance of survival by the vets, she initially required constant round the clock attention and she always had a human (mainly Suzanne) by her side – as well as many of the AHAR resident dogs watching over her every snort and whimper- there were many stable sleepovers!

    Some people said she should be put down, that to keep her alive was ‘cruel’ – but from the outset Suzanne knew that Passion was a fighter, that she had the will to live, that she just needed someone to help her quite literally get back on her feet again.

    And slowly but surely she grew in strength and it wasn't too long before she revealed herself as Princess Passion, a demanding diva who viewed all humans as her slaves, there to cater for her every whim! And with Suzanne of course as her servant in chief!

    Passion's story is of course special and it is testimony to AHAR's belief that every animal which comes into our care should be given the very best possible chance of survival. Of living out a full and happy life, treated with respect and showered with love. Not all will make it sadly, but none will be lost for the want of trying.

    A huge amount of time, effort and money went into saving Passion – and this photo is a big thank you not just to all the wonderful AHAR volunteers who helped in her recovery, but to all of YOU, our magnificent Facebook Army – Team AHAR – for your donations, support, gifts and visits to Passion.

    Look at her now and be proud of what you have achieved!

    Passion will remain at AHAR for the rest of her hopefully many, many days and she looks forward to welcoming you all, her loyal servants, to visit and wait on her at AHAR in the future!

  • Make a wish my beautiful girl because you now have the world at your feet xx
    Make a wish my beautiful girl because you now have the world at your feet xx

  • When you truly love something. You become part of their soul. You don't need any…
    When you truly love something. You become part of their soul. You don't need any words to know how the other feels.
    For a few days now, Ive looked at Passion on our walks and I just had a feeling she was nearly ready to become a horse again.
    Well today I walked up to the gate of the field. And normally she would just walk by to be near me. And I looked at her and said are you ready. She melted me with her beautiful eyes and walked forward and pushed it with her nose. Her first time in a field in god knows how long. At first I kept her on the rope and let her have a small run. Then she gave me the look. I had to trust her. I unclipped the lead and let her go. I think I had the problem letting go, not Passion.
    Well what I saw brought me to my knees. She galloped, she bucked she squealed and all 14 dogs ran with her. Then she rolled around in the grass and jumped up and let out a huge squeal of excitement. All the dogs were barking. This has to be one of the proudest moments of my life.
    They say you cant heal a broken heart, well never believe it again. I feel like a fire work has gone off in my heart and soul. xx

  • To all of Passions fans out there. I need you to make a cup of tea, make sure yo…
    To all of Passions fans out there. I need you to make a cup of tea, make sure your sitting down and be ready to be blown away by a photo of our little war horse. Oh and get a tissue ready xx
  • We have received three lovely items of jewellery to auction, with all the procee…
    We have received three lovely items of jewellery to auction, with all the proceeds going to the AHAR capital fund for the purchase of our permanent new premises – our forever home for the AHAR Rescue Centre. (Please get in touch by private message if you have any items we could auction or raffle).

    The first is this beautiful designer bracelet by Astley Clarke, made from Amazonite and gold vermeil with a heart gold charm. It is very dainty and suitable for any age. It has never been worn.

    The original value of the bracelet was £225 (sterling) and it is available for a minimum donation of at least €150 – please private message us if you would like to purchase it.

  • This is what Honor Heffernan has to say about one of the ex-Cavan poundies that…
    This is what Honor Heffernan has to say about one of the ex-Cavan poundies that she met on her visit last week.

    'I met this little guy last Saturday. He nearly had a home but another dog was chosen. He was broken hearted – we could all feel it!! He is adorable and would make a great companion for someone. Please SHARE and help find him his forever home. He is a 2 years old male Wire Haired terrier.'

    If you are interested in giving this gorgeous boy a home, please private message us.

  • What Honor Heffernan had to say about her visit to AHAR.

    I was so blown away by…

    What Honor Heffernan had to say about her visit to AHAR.

    I was so blown away by my visit to AHAR last Saturday. I fell in love with all the animals. So well cared for and knowing that they will find forever homes is a great comfort. Passion and Honky were as I had thought they would be…superstars!! So many dogs waiting for homes and people coming in to walk them and cuddle them. I can't wait to go back!! If you can make even a small donation on ahar.ie you will be helping support this wonderful place. Suzanne's dogs Badger, Dotty, Rua, Dinny and Sam and a few more kept me company on my visit. Really looking forward to going back very soon. Thank you Suzanne for your Heroic commitment!!



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