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My Heart's In My Hands by Kay Kempton Raade

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Chapped, red hands from washing all day is only a temporary side-effect of rehabbing babies. These three squirrels (Toni, Orlando and Dawn) grew to adulthood and two were released. The one on the right is my Toni, brain-damaged from the fall from a tree during a storm. She had a “compassionate/education” permit and traveled to many schools to talk about disabilities and/or wildlife rescue. As a baby, she could be in a shoebox across the floor and as I fed the other babies, she’d make her way to me, climb my legs and get her turn. She falls over to the side, turns circles, and only runs if she’s leaning against a wall. She is a gentle, sweet ambassador for wildlife as a senior citizen. She was brought to me in 2005 by brothers I had taught in 4th and 5th grade.

My hands, shot by my husband with an Olympus 740.

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  • Rosemaree
    Rosemareeover 3 years ago

    This is just beautiful Kay… they are so sweet. And your Toni is just divine. I cant wait to visit her again

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 3 years ago

    Beautiful and adorable!!

  • EvaLarsen
    EvaLarsenover 3 years ago

    Beautiful image.

  • Jan Siemucha
    Jan Siemuchaover 3 years ago

    This is just an awesome shot, you are one super lady, Kay !!!
    Little Toni has an angel to care for him/her.

  • janpiller
    janpillerover 3 years ago


  • SKNickel
    SKNickelover 3 years ago

    You have been blessed with a beautiful heart. Keep up the good work.

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 3 years ago

    awwwwwwwwwwwwww just so cute, beautiful,dawnx

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 3 years ago

    Awwww, so cute!

  • Catherine  Howell
    Catherine Howellover 3 years ago

    This is a very special photo!!!!

  • linmarie
    linmarieover 3 years ago

    ohhhhhhhhhhh,, be still my heart, labor of life, you are so special dear,, peace and love linmarie
    we are all GODS creatures, great and small….

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