Stress Mess, Part II

February 20, 2006

The environment here has become even more stressful as the days tick down and we are pushed harder and harder beyond our limits. We have about 6 days to transport all the animals out of this facility before we have to take down everything in this building. Personally, I know we’ll get it done, but some people are having trouble coping with the pressure and it is adding unnecessary strain on the rest of us.

This experience has been such an eye opener for me, in so many ways. Humans and animals show their real selves when in this type of situation and it has helped me learn so much about how to deal with them better. I consider myself a more rounded person because of it and I hope to continue to utilize what I have learned in future dealings with both humans and animals.

Most importantly, I have learned a lot about my own limits. I learned that I have very little patience with ignorant people. I learned that I have no patience working with people who have a martyr complex or burn-out syndrome (and don’t take advice to take care of themselves or refuse to recognize the issue).

I learned that I want to sleep a lot when faced with unnecessary drama or overly-dramatic people. I learned that far too many people like to create unnecessary drama. I learned that people who don’t do their jobs well like to tell other people how to do their own jobs. I learned that when faced with a job to do, I will do it, no matter what time it is or how many hours of sleep I am running on.

I could go on and on, but it would take too long to list all of what I have learned during these 2 1/2 months. I am grateful for all of it, however.

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KSS February 22, 2006 at 3:40 pm
Alice February 22, 2006 at 3:53 pm

You can do it girl, your’re almost there and you have done an awesome job! Unfortunately there will always be people who think everyone should stop and listen to them but they are usually full of hot air ;)
Thanks for taking the time to update your blog, don’t know how you find the time but I sure appreciate being able to keep up with everything. Alice x


Brita February 22, 2006 at 4:34 pm

You’re one of my heroes, Chandra! You’re doing an awesome job under difficult circumstances, showing dedication to the end in spite of being away from your loved ones. I really admire you and I’m glad I had the opportunity to volunteer at CS with you and the other amazing Cat people! Thanks for everything you’re doing for the cats. Brita
(with Mimi and Cecilia meowing their thanks)


WebKittyn February 23, 2006 at 12:05 pm

You truly are one of the rare and the amazing. Every time I come here I end up crying like a baby in a good way. I am so glad there are people like you out there willing to put your life in a new direction and leave a husband for periods of time to help animals who really need it. So many of us talk about it, say ‘wow, I wish I was down there helping out’ but it’s those rare and stellar souls who actually get up and go.

My cat and best friend died two weeks ago, I’m not even close to recovered but we’ve started looking at adoption to fill the void. Makes me feel better about adopting a shelter cat knowing there are people like you out there.

Thank you for everything you do and are.


Peter March 12, 2006 at 1:22 pm

Amen to your post Chandra. Good thing you didn’t stay to the bitter end or you would have been really dismayed. The drama was of biblical proportions. In the end, CS was completely cleaned out and only David and Don were there as BestFriends reps. They, of course, were paragons of virtue amongst all the pettiness. They and a host of other people were my heroes…you included. BestFriends also remains my all time fave operation. Anyone reading this who isn’t a member. You MUST join now if you want similarly good things to happen during the next disaster.

Too bad for the disappointing end to the most fulfilling month of my life.

See ya at the next disaster Chandra!



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