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Quartz Cross in Red Jasper (found by Crown King, Arizona)
HELP NEEDED with VET BILLS for BLIND DOG
Always attracted to the beauty I see in rocks & minerals, I have a propensity for looking down on the ground while also taking in the beauty of everything else all around me. One day approximately 16 years ago, while hiking around the mountains near Crown King, Arizona, I found myself drawn to a startling unusual & amazing rock specimen. Within the rich, red rock (I am not a geologist, nor expert in this arena, however, I suspect it may be Red Jasper) is a white quartz cross. What struck me even more so was that the cross goes completely through the rock....it is on both sides! I brought it home & placed it among a small collection of rocks I have found over the years that have held special significance to me. It is in exactly the same condition as the day I discovered it, just as it was created. It measures approximately 2-1/4” L x 1-3/4” W x 7/8” D. One side has a fine sliver of quartz on it’s edge. I have photographed it from both sides, plus with & without a flash which is why you will see a difference in the red color. The actual color of the red part of the rock is somewhere more in-between the two...not as deep & dark as the first set of photos, but redder & richer than the second set. Please ask any questions you may have prior to offerding.
It is rare for me to ever consider selling that which has special meaning or sentimental value, however, this is one of those times where it is deemed necessary. As have so many, I have experienced many years of financial hardship. Difficulties & traumas in life don’t always allow us the luxury to fully re-coup before another befalls us. And though I most certainly count the blessings I do have, this past decade has been quite difficult to say the least. As I slowly regained my health from an auto-immune disease, and began to re-build my financial health as well, I found myself crushed by the sudden death of my boyfriend. Alone, with my elderly parents & siblings across the country, I was thankful for the love & companionship of my old dog, Em. Just before her death I had made arrangements to go meet a rescue dog I hoped to adopt. If there was ever a need for the healing that comes with the unconditional love of a dog, this was it. And so Buster became a part of our tiny family. A one year old Mastiff/Pit mix, gentle & sweet, he helped bring comfort & joy to a heart that would ache for years. And then 3 weeks later, at a time when I was certain I could not handle anything else, I woke to find my year old pup in eye distress. The vet sent me off to an eye care specialist who informed me that my precious pup had primary glaucoma, & would eventually go blind. Plus, the costs of treatment & medications in the meantime were huge! I had just barely begun to dig myself out from my own medical downturn. An emotional basket case, I thought “I can’t do this”....the medication & future surgery costs, how could I have a blind dog with a desert backyard full of cactus? I was a mess. What I would come to understand down the road was simple.....Buster was not a burden, he was a gift! He rescued me as much as I rescued him. Had I not adopted him before his glaucoma event, I have no doubt he would have been put to sleep (to death). This pup was helping me to heal, how could I do anything but that which he needed? Grief came around again 6 months later when my old girl Em passed away. The universe doesn’t always go by the time clocks we set for ourselves, & sooner than we thought we’d be ready, a two year old named Sass, another rescue, became Buster’s big sister. All my dogs have been rescued, adult dogs whose chances are slimmer to find forever homes. Adopted at one & two years of age, the expectation/hope was that I’d have some years to get back on my feet before having to shoulder the potential costs that naturally may come as an animal ages. Although a reasonable expectation, it was as far from being realized as I could have imagined. Before I could dig out from one medical trauma, another came our way. When the vision in Buster’s first eye deteriorated to negligible, it was surgically removed. Unfazed, his joyful spirit continued to soar. Medicating 3 times a day for a year & a half, I managed to keep his remaining eye healthy & sighted, then just as suddenly as the first went, the second did as well. As to be expected, now blind, he was initially un-nerved, but oh so briefly. A desert yard necessitated an inner fence to protect him from a cactus attack (which I installed myself due to the cost). He quickly developed his “routes” in the house, & in the yard. He plays with the same joyful abandon as always, and I am forever amazed at how often he will win at tug-of-war with Sass who is bigger & sighted. He ventures ahead with excitement wherever we go, happy to meet new folks or new dogs. Thousands & thousands in the hole from his glaucoma, I couldn’t imagine there would be so much more to come for my two furry children who are both about 7 years old now. Sass punctured her chest when she impaled herself on a branch leaping into a wash, she was poisoned twice requiring expensive hospitalizations (I had my suspicions of a particular neighbor, though had no proof). Both dogs got bit at the same time by a rattlesnake in my backyard (even though I had taken precautions as I have with every dog and had them rattlesnake trained/proofed which should have caused them to keep their distance). Though I have my doubts as to the effectiveness of this particular rattlesnake trainer (I have seen it work with past dogs), Buster’s blindness may have contributed, he was likely hit first as he got the worst of the venom and was hospitalized the longest (see photos, though some are hard to recognize as dogs!). Add a bout with pancreatitis, and who could blame him if he got a bad attitude, but his sweetness & gentle nature never wavered. He has been an inspiration for me every day. He has been through a lot in his short life, as has she. I have been fortunate to find excellent, caring veterinarians, who have also been respectful of my financial situation helping where they could to keep the costs lower where possible. Though times were financially tough when I adopted the dogs, I kept putting one foot ahead of the other trying to pull us out. And then 2-1/2 years ago, I lost my job. Three months later I found a commission only jobworking for a friend of a relative, and then 3 weeks later, that man died, and along with him, my new job. As you might imagine, added up, the medical expenses for the primary glaucoma, the poisonings, the chest puncture, the rattlesnake bites, have been astronomical, especially as I have gone from under-employed to unemployed. I estimate these two kids have cost about $20,000 in vet bills, let alone the interest that continues to accumulate. Still unemployed, I have been trying to utilize my 11 years experience on & off selling on and perhaps build it into a livelihood. As with any such endeavor, it is slow going. Through each traumatic medical event the dogs went through, there was always someone who said, “why would you spend that money on them”, or “put him/her down, & get a new dog”. They are my children. They are there day in & day out when I might otherwise be all alone. No matter how many times I walk out the door in a day, or how long or short a time I am gone for, I am greeted with wriggling, enthusiastic, unabashed love ever single time, that says “I am so glad you’re home!”. These dogs literally saved MY life on those darkest of days when my spirit had plummeted, their joyful spirits found a way to lift mine up. I could not have lived with myself had I not taken care of them, for they have taken care of me ten-fold. The pics of the dogs show Buster, sightedas he looked when he first came to me,with one eye, and as he is currently, blind. They show the two buddies playing together, cuddled together, and as they looked following the rattlesnake bite (she was already out of the hospital when I took these photos, visiting with him with me).
I look at this rock & I know it is impossible to assign a “value” to it. Rare & unusual, to be certain, unique unto itself as is everything created by nature......each snowflake, each tree, each human face, each dog. For me, the cross is not just on this rock, it is within this rock, from one side to the other. The cross may symbolize life, renewal, resurrection, transformation and hope. It may symbolize love, sacrifice, forgiveness, acceptance, and healing. This rock was a treasured find, a symbolic reminder, yes. But for me, there can be no greater reminder than what I witness every day as I watch my precious blind Buster frolic & play with Sass, their thrilled whines & wiggles as we get ready for a simple neighborhood walk, their effervescent joyful spirit with the gift of a knotted rag to toss in the air. When I question, when my spirit is dragging.... they are my constant reminder that beneath the dark clouds the blue sky remains, that we can transform our lives, that we can heal.Hence, I have decided to offer up my “cross in a rock” with the hope that it might be a symbolic reminder for the new owner for whenever you might need it to remind that the blue sky will come.........and with the hope that this “gift” I found in the mountains of Northern Arizona so many years ago will serve to help me raise the money to help pay off my vet bills so that I may continue to provide for my furry blessings!
Bless you & thank you all for allowing me to share our story!
12/18/12 – My precious dog, my child, who has faced so much in his short life, it seems may now be facing another dreadful ailment. I am blessed with a vet who shows not only great compassion for him, but consideration for our dire financial situation as well. His blood work shows he has non-regenerative anemia, which isn’t good. She reviewed with me all the possible causes .....tick fever, Addisons disease, bone marrow disease, & cancer. A long shot, but our first course of action is to treat him with doxycycline for tick fever & keep our fingers crossed!
2/27/13 - Amazing news.....Buster'sred blood cell count has gone from 28 to 45 over the course of the past few months. His spirithas returned, and I feel so blessed!
3/13/13 - Yesterday I came home to find Busters neck hugely swollen & assuming it must be another rattlesnake bite, rushed him to the vet. Thankfully, it was determined NOT to be a rattlesnake bite, but more likely a bug bite of some sort & to treat with Benadryl. The next morning, the swelling (a mass of fluid) had not gone down & his gums were as pale as could be. Back to the vet for a blood test and his red blood cell count had plummeted again down to 33. Unsure if it is a result of the bite, or the anemia problem re-occuring. We are treating again with the doxycycline. He of course handles everything in stride, whereas I, not so much. Seeing him ill is painful & the thought of losing him is more than I can bare. Plus, theneed to pay yet more vet bills while in a constant financial downward spiral has me scrambling & terrified.
Below, please find some info on Quartz & Red Jasper that I though might be especially interesting for this rock..........
Red Jasper Red Jasper is called a stone of fairness and justice because mystical lore claims that it decreases unjustness and helps in unfair situations. It is also said to enhance responsibility, choice, and compassion. Used in mystical dream work, it can enhance dream recall. It is said to assist in protection and rescue from danger. Red jasper is associated with the first and second chakras. Metaphysically, it is purported to have a stabilizing effect, and help one take all one's energy and use it in a balanced manner. It is also said to be a stone that helps in all areas of survival, and is a very protective stone. Red jasper said in gemstone lore to be a stone of controlled passion and used to help control one's own passions. Crystal healing lore says that physically it assists in healing by maintaining positive movement with all types of disorders and disease.
Quartz enhances energy by absorbing, storing, amplifying, balancing, focusing and transmitting. It channels universal energy. Quartz also enhances thoughts, as they are a form of energy. Because it directs and amplifies energy, it is extremely beneficial for manifesting, healing, meditation, protection, and channeling. Due to its ability to balance, quartz is excellent for harmonizing and balancing one's environment. Quartz is a stone of clarity which dispels negativity and clears away negative energy. It can be used to purify and clarify on the spiritual, mental, and physical planes. It is also powerfully protective. Quartz enhances spiritual growth, spirituality and wisdom. Because it clarifies though processes and emotions it increases inspiration and creativity. Quartz is also a stone of harmony because it balances energies, and is even helpful in romantic relationships. Psychically, quartz is a powerful stone. It is used for protection because it counters black magic and protects from negative energy. Quartz is very useful on the third eye chakra for clarity of psychic vision, and can be used to communicate with spirits and other worlds. Quartz is a stone that can access ancient wisdom and bring it into the present. Quartz is a Master Healer stone. It is an excellent all purpose crystal healer stone. It is said to amplify healing energy and is used to perform diagnostic healing. It has been used historically to detect food poison. It is said to draw out pain. Quartz is used in crystal healing to fortify and strengthen all systems of the body. It also is said to improve mental and physical energy, stamina, and physical strength .
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