Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Happy Ending. Happy Beginning.

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"...and so I have nothing to fear; and here my story ends.
My troubles are all over, and I am at home."

--Anna Sewell, Black Beauty

TWICE IN MY LIFE, I found myself pondering the upcoming placement of a foster horse with a feeling of weight and dread, a sort of uncomfortable lump in my throat that would not go away. It's always bittersweet, releasing the amazing souls who have crossed paths with me into the hands of someone kind and deserving. I know I will miss them terribly, yet I know their path is meant to curve gently away from mine. I watch them from afar, like a mother bird whose fledglings one day fly purposefully away from the nest.

Twice, and only twice, I've not been able to bring myself to be that brave mama bird, feeling, instead, that I was the one meant for this horse. The first time, with my gray gelding Ridge, I felt ill each time I made an adoption flyer, or placed an ad, or talked to potential adoptors. It was a strange feeling of unrequieted love, as if we were star-crossed friends destined to part. I took Ridge to dressage shows, on trail rides, and spent sweet moments having quiet chats with him in the stall. He felt like my horse. I wanted so badly to keep him.

But it's not always that simple, especially when you already own several horses and, at times, struggle to pay for it all. My husband (bless his heart), who grimaced silently when I finally confessed my pain over Ridge, simply said: "Happy Mother's Day --- Forever!" And with that, Ridge was mine, and the unbearable weight of not knowing was lifted.

With Argus, it has been different. For months, I have trudged along with the honest intent of placing him. Placed ads. Made flyers. Wrote about him in a blog that I sincerely hoped would produce a few good home leads. The amazing thing is that with thousands of people reading Saving Argus, in all these months, not one person has wanted to adopt Argus. Not one single inquiry. Not one.

It's hard not to love Argus. Despite years of abuse, he is an innocent, a sweet, gentle, wise old soul who's quite unlike any horse I've ever met. I watched a horse who was once miserable and confused transform into a happy little being who sort of skipped through every moment of his day. Eating, sleeping, drinking and companionship were a joyous new dance for Argus. It reminded me that my seemingly mundane life, and the sometimes daunting responsibilities that come with it, was more a little slice of paradise than a burden. Gaining this sort of perspective was a blessing. Getting it from a horse was nothing short of amazing.

Every day, I watched Argus amble happily through the pasture, Ridge faithfully at his side, the two of them moving in such unison that they looked like mirror images. Every day, I saw Argus blink sleepily at Half Pint's half-hearted instruction, or nuzzle Odie's flank under the shade of the redwood tree. They looked like a little horse family, the four of them together, and I was struck by the feeling that Argus was just so damn happy. How could I take that away? How could I uproot him from this happy life? How could I take him away from his family?

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And so, after great consideration (and the promise of ongoing help from a few friends), it's been decided that Argus shall stay at Watermark Farm. Forever. He's been adopted by us.

I hope you will stick around and keep reading about the continued adventures of Argus and his twin brother and soul mate, Ridge, as well as all the other denizens of Watermark Farm. For now, it's an ending to one story...and the beginning of another that I hope will continue for years to come. I sure would like it that way.

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Verity Kindle said...

Woo-hoo! Yay for Argus! While I am sorry to hear that there were no offers for adoption, it's wonderful that he gets to stay with you guys forever. That's just...amazing. You and your husband are just amazing human beings. XD

Holly said...

oh thank goodness. I have been worried .sick. wondering where he would go. I am delighted that he will stay with you!

Holly said...

PS. Now you know his faithful readers will not abandon him (and you!) so don't let the posts stop please!

fssunnysd said...

Somethings are just meant to be :-)

Please do continue to keep us all posted, on Argus, and on the other rescues.

Laura said...

i think Argus has always had your name on he's bum. it just took time for you two to meet.
all the best to you and your loved ones from Estonia

Original L said...

Yay!!! I knew it, I knew it! I am very happy for you and hopefully it won't be too much of a strain on the budget! He really does fit you guys so well.

Schnitzie said...

Oh Katie!

Happy Gotchya Day, Argus and Katie!!! I have tears of joy rolling down my face.

A bunch of us in DonkeyFo guessed that this is what would happen...that you would make your bond with Argus permanent and official. And you know? It just feels right.

Maybe that is why, even with (or perhaps because of) this extraordinary chronicle of the relationship between you and Argus, and its amazing popularity and devoted following, no one came forward to adopt him. I think, perhaps, a tacit understanding was there -- something that you knew, we knew, and most importantly, that Argus has always known....

You are Argus' human. You belong to HIM. I just cannot imagine another human being who could love him, appreciate him and help him more than you have or more than you can.

You belong together, furever.

Congratulations, Katie and Argus. Joyous Got-Each-Other Day!

Anonymous said...

Congratulation Argus... you have just bagged yourself the PERFECT home :o)

But then, we all knew that was the perfect home.....

Beccy :o)

Stacey said...

I'm a long-time reader and first time poster, and this entry in Argus' blog absolutely made my day and I just *had* to comment.

Although I'm sorry to hear that no one showed any interest in adopting Argus, I am so so so so SO glad that he is staying with you. I think I have known for a while that he'd wind up at Watermark Farm...this post didn't come as much of a surprise to me. That said, it has still put a HUGE grin on my face. I am so glad that Argus found you. Thank you for taking him under your wing and letting him become a happy horse.

cdncowgirl said...

This is such great news! Every post I've read I would think to myself "THIS is where Argus belongs".

Maybe that's why no one came forward to adopt. It was evident to most of us that Argus was already home.

Please keep posting. I love Argus and the whole crew.

cdncowgirl said...

Katie - in case you missed it:

Until you write a book about Argus and everyone and get all the recognition that will come then... you have an award on my blog for you.
Stop by to pic it up (its in the post titled "Sooooo... I'm a Dumbass" (trust me the post explains it all! lol)

Susan said...

Argus has belonged to you since he first came into your life. Your love for him has been obvious since day 1. I look forward to reading more about all of the goings on at Watermark Farm.

Lotus Effect said...

Argus got a chance to do what few do -- write his own happy ending. He has found his home, and he is happy there.

I think everyone who reads the blog realizes what you and he have been through together. Congratulations to both of you, but especially to Argus, the horse who found his way.

StableBabe said...

I think your farm and your personal touch was the best option for Argus all along. :-) I'm really glad to hear you're going to keep him. Hopefully this won't interfere with your ability to foster other abused and neglected horses, but regardless, I'm happy for you both. Your farm is where Argus learned to be a horse; I know he'll never wish for anything else ever again. ^_^

Anonymous said...

I've also been glued to your blogs on Argus and your wonderful farm. Today I cried out loud. I've been strong thru all the posts, but this one. My tears are of relief. May the angels continue to hold you in their wings, Katie. Congrats to you and your family. What an awsome hubby you have. You are truely loved, and truely blessed.
Best wishes for a long, healthy life with Argie.
Patti C., CT.

dawdler said...

Yay! I've been reading your blog since January and everytime you mention something about Argus' adoption I always think, ooh, I really hope Katie decides to keep him . . . I'm so happy that you did. Huge congratulations to both you and Argus =oD

certifiedgirl said...

YEAHHHHHH!! I was so hoping that Argus would stay with you- I really enjoy reading this blog and was hoping to be able to continue getting Argus updates.
I agree with the others, the reason no one came forward is because Argus has been home since he came to your farm.
Congratulations to you both!

Zhuria said...

I'm so touched by this that I'm crying. I don't know how to put my feelings into words, so I'll just second what stacey and cdncowgirl said.

I was worried sick when I heard he'd been adopted - the thought of him anywhere BUT Watermark Farm just didn't seem right.

I'm so happy for you and Argus and all the other horses and humans involved.. I'll continue reading this blog FOREVAR! Argus has stolen a piece of my heart!

Kyfarmgirl67 said...

Katie, I could never imagine Argus being anywhere but with you! It always made me sad to think of him anywhere but Watermark Farm.

You are the one that taught him about love and trust! I could not imagine how painful it would have been for him to leave you!

Argus is such a special horse! We could all see that he belonged with you! It just took a little longer for you to acknowledge what you knew deep down!

On top of that, Ridge and Argus LOVE each other and belong together!!!

I am so happy for all of you!


Faith said...

YAY! :-D

I think one of the reasons you might not have had any offers is because he sounds so happy with you. And you def. care about him and his well being. Who'd want to take him away from that?

I can't wait to read more about Argus' life. You're doing an amazing thing.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

I'm so happy for Argus! I look forward to reading more about his happy life.


Erica said...

I love Argus so much. I read this blog religiously, which is an oddity for me.

But for some reason, nothing in my soul stirred to contact the millions of horse people I know, to tell them that this horse needed a home. For some reason, I just felt he was supposed to stay with you.

But I didn't feel it was really my place to say that. So I kept silent.

I see now that I was right, though. :) Hooray, Argus!

One Red Horse said...

As so many others have already pointed out, Argus got no home offers because it was just so clear he was already home.


KD said...

Congratulations! I have never fostered a horse and truly admire you for your work, especially with Argus. God's blessings on you, your husband and your farm.

barrelracingmom said...

Yippee!! Congratulations! In my heart I know this was the best decision. Yes, please keep letting us know about Argus' adventures!! Yes, yes, yes. I am so excited for you! I'm in central Illinois and love hearing from you. Love you Argus!!

topcterv said...

argus was meant to be took alot for him to find you but here he is :))) i believe somethings are just meant to be and this is one of them i am so happy for both of you... the happy tears your writing has brought on pale in comparison to the tears i shed today with this news. i wish you both much happiness, and please keep us updated on how things go. you are in my prayers and thanks for sharing this.

SOSHorses said...

Kate, I know you have always said from the beginning of this that Argus would find a home. Only that he would have to stay close so that you could keep an eye on him. BUT, I knew where he belonged, and I also knew you would see it too.

He was sent to you for a reason, and with you is where he was always meant to be.

I am so relieved, and pleased that you and your supportive husband have made Argus part of your forever family.

SOSHorses said...

Oh, BTW no one was interested in adopting Argus because no one was supposed to. He was where he belonged. It isn't that no one wanted him, we were just not supposed to have him. You were.

The Thinker said...

Hahaha... I was wondering when you'd see the light. ;)

It's been clear from how you write that he got to you, and got to your heart, from the beginning. I'm so glad you're going to keep him- he deserves you, and you deserve a horse like him.

I'm grinning up here in Canada- here's to a toast to the happy couple!

SouthernBelle said...

What a great decision you made for Argus. I will continue to follow along with his life story as long as you will post about it. It would seem a shame to send him away from a place where he feels so content and safe.

PS Don't forget to post about when Odie is going to make his TV debut.

Della said...

You know, I've been reading this blog since Day 1, and never realized Argus was available to be adopted. Or maybe I subconsciously chose not to see any reference you made because I wanted him to stay with you. How could he finally reach Paradise, and then have to leave....?

I am so happy with your decision. Argus is luckiest horse and has joined the loveliest forever family. I'm SO HAPPY for Argus.

Thank you, as always for sharing.

Della from Plymouth Meeting, PA

GoLightly said...

Congratulations, to Argus. And thanks to FHOTD, where I found your story. I've been moved to tears a "few" (hundred) times with your stories of him. I do hope he can somehow help you back, as another mentioned. Please, write a little book. I'll buy it. Stories like yours need to be told, and read to little children, to help them understand how true caring and compassion works. Thank you for the work you do. Thank you for the life you've given back to Argus.
To Argus, and you.

Starbuck said...

I'm sorry to hear that no one offered - I wish I lived closer, but as I'm out in Boston and with no space for a horse, I couldn't apply to adopt him myself, but believe me, if I could have, I would have :)

I am so happy for you all. As a young adult just getting into the professional world (and graduate school), I don't have a lot of money, but is there a way I could donate, if and when I have some extra money available?

Buckskins Rule said...

Wow! It is with great relief that I read today's entry.

I didn't find this blog until last month, so I read 8 months in one sitting. By the end of that read, it was clear to me that Argus had found his forever home. He was just waiting for you to realize it.

I believe that everything happens for a reason, and the reason that no one stepped up to adopt him is because he belongs with you.

Certainly there are hundreds of homes where he would be well cared for, but only you will ever truly understand Argus. You have been through all of the trials and tribulations with him. You, your other horses, and your family have taught him how to be a horse, and how to trust again.

It's stories like this that serve to periodically renew my faith in humanity. I hope you will continue to post.

I must be coming down with a cold. My eyes are all watery and my nose is running. :)

Anonymous said...

For months now, I've secretly longed to have Argus stay with you. I'm glad that that will now be the end of this chapter.

My new longing, when the court case is finalized, that you turn this blog into a published book - From Hell to Heaven: Saving Argus
The true story of an abused horse, his will to survive and the love of a family who saved him.

Congratulations Argus, you're home!

Cygnet, Ohio

Anonymous said...

Tears streaming down my face, What a great joy to read today's posting. my heart is smiling. I have been reading your beautifully written words since day one. Let me say that I agree with the sentiments which so many have posted: Argus belongs with you!
I absolutely love this quote from stablebabe: "Your farm is where Argus learned to be a horse" I also agree with Kelly " that you should turn this blog into a published book - "From Hell to Heaven: Saving Argus" I also would like to send a donation from time to time. Please let us know where to send. Blessings to Argus, Ridge, and all at Watermark Farms, especially your wonderful husband.
God is certainly smiling tonight!
I feel all is as it should be.You are an angel Katie@ Please continue writing about Argus, and all of your beautiful charges.

Happy tears,
Doe from Indiana

Schnitzie said...

One other thought: "From Hell to Heaven: Saving Argus" would make an absolutely wonderful movie.

We could cast Gina Davis to play you, Katie, and Jake Gyllenhaal to play Dr. Grant Miller... It would be fun to cast the nice farrier lady, Argus' chiropractor, his mean ex-owner...

At the end of the movie, the last 4 horses from Hell, are seen running joyously through the pasture with Argus, Ridge, Odie and Half Pint...getting ready for their furever homes.

My kitty, Sweet Pea (pictured in my avatar) was a failed foster, rescued from the NYC pound, starved, matted, sick...with special needs. And now she is my heart kitty. There is something heavenly about a heart-animal. There is no other bond like it in the world. Like you with Argus, I just could not imagine Sweet Pea with another owner. Her flaws -- litter box aversion, special dietary needs, tendency to kick up and eat (and barf) her food -- just fit with me. I don't mind them at all. I just adjust to her. I am constitutionally incapable of losing my temper or getting frustrated with her. She is my little angel...and I am HERS, forever.

Bless you both...and please keep writing!

Anne said...

I felt all along that Argus should stay with you, but did not dare say it aloud. I did not want to jinx it!! I have often worried about Argus moving on and I felt he would be so confused and lost. I am so grateful to you for what you have done for him and that you have realized he just could NOT move on.. for his sake, but also for yours!
thank you

Sarah said...

I've been reading Argus's story with bated breath - an sometimes with tears - and always waiting for the happy ending. Somehow, I never expected that he would leave you. He just seemed to be so much a part of you, that he would end up staying. I'm so glad he did. You are wonderful people. I hope you will continue to share his story with the rest of us - and please give him a big happy cuddle and a "Welcome home!" for me!

sunbake said...

Katie -

The rest of us knew Argus was already home from the moment he showed up at Watermark Farm. Please thank your husband for being such a great supporter of what you do and for making room for one more deserving horse to have the happy ending it deserves.

I can't wait to read the continuing stories of Argus, Half-pint, Ridge, Odie, etc... maybe one day we'll hear about Argus going on a trailer ride just to see a horse show (we know he can't be ridden, but he can be hugged and coddled by admirers for hours); Odie's x-country adventures with your daughter; and Ridge's dressage progress.

Happiness to all of you at Watermark Farm!

Anonymous said...

Like many long time readers I cringed each time you mentioned finding Argus a new home - he has been home since the day you rescued him from that terrible place ~ Being in Australia and unable to adopt him, I always hoped he would stay with you so we could continue to read your blog - you have a way with words and you and your family have huge hearts.
The world needs more people like you.

Bayley said...

I agree, I am so glad to hear he is staying with you. I check in this blog at least twice a week for updates, can't see that changing now!

Promise said...

That's great news! Congratulations to Argus for finding a forever home. And to you, for adding to your family.


bigredhorse said...

Yippeee!! Tears of Joy are streaming!! I'm so glad to hear Argus will have a furever home! I've hoped for months now (while reading)that he would stay with you. Please WRITE A BOOK! I would love to read to my kids all about Argus' adventures!

Shirley said...

Bless you. And yours. And the horses.

Tsaiko said...

Perhaps there were no offers for Argus because everyone knew there was no better place for him to be than with you. Congratulations.

Anonymous said...

Dear Katie,

Argus had found his own little slice of heaven and I am so glad (and relieved) that he is going to continue to stay there!

Thank you for being there for Argus, for writing this blog, for raising children who share your love of living creatures and how we all grow and learn from them.

I so look forward to the happy future ahead of all of you.

Jewelee from CT

Anonymous said...

I am so gald that you have decided to keep Argus. I don't think it was that no one wanted Argus but we all could see that Argus had found his home we were just waiting for you to see it. You two were meant to find each other. I have had one of those horses in my lifetime and those are the special ones. When you would write about how you would look out and see him become a "horse" again with tears in your eyes, I knew that he was that special horse for you. You have done so much for him and all the other horses you have helped that this is their repayment. A wonderful horse like Argus.

When I first found this blog I seriously thought about applying to adopt him but after reading all you wrote I knew that I could not give him half of what you have given him. I could have given him a loving home with all the food he needed but you seemed to give him so much more than that. You and him had an instant connection. I could see it in the pictures and in your words.

God bless you and all that you do for horses. I only wish that there were more of you all over.

Heather in Michigan

Janet Buckner said...

WOW! More than I could have hoped for that Argus stay with you. My husband (aka Buckskins Rule) sent me your blog link a couple of weeks ago. If he sends me things, it must be good so I kept reading one night till midnight. We are a family (mom, dad and 2 out of 3 daughters that ride) that board 6 horses (our old guy is care leased out right now so we do not pay on him right currently)at an amazing farm in Washington State. The problem with boarding 5.5 horses is we have very little money for anything besides board and no way to take another animal on. HOWEVER after reading your beautiful tale with Argus, we want to do more. While I would love to send money to the CHANCE organization in California, we are going to find a local rescue organization to support/volunteer at. We have more to offer than huge amounts of money. We can volunteer to haul rescues, donate our time similar to the gals who came and helped you with Argus, donate halters and lead ropes it seems that the list could go on forever! Katie, you have inspired our family to do MORE!

BY THE WAY KATIE! PLEASE TURN KATIE'S LAST BLOG ENTRY INTO A CHILDREN'S BOOK AND YOUR ARGUS TALE INTO A BOOK SO MORE PEOPLE CAN UNDERSTAND AND GET INVOLVED! You have a talent that you could turn into profit to support your four legged kids and the two footed kids as well. You have a beautiful way of telling the story, of making people from all over the world care about Argus and all of your crew! Please consider doing this to get the message out about abused and mistreated horses! You have a talent! Use it to support your passion!

Yours In Horses!

Janet Buckner
Orting, Washington

caryn said...

I am soooo happy for Argus!!!! It's official, he is HOME. You mentioned that nobody inquired to adopt Argus and I think that is because no one wanted to take him away from his true family. He is where he belongs. Please keep us updated on his antics.


P.S. Love hearing about Caleb, Odie and the rest of your beautiful crew too.

Miss A said...

Congrats!! The whole time I was reading this blog I was secretly hoping you would keep him for your own. So happy for both of you.

Bluebunnysq said...

It's about time! LOL After reading your Blog for a few days I had a fealing Argus had found his home. I think all your readers saw it too, and from the comments already posted that is the reason nobody seemed to want to adopt him. Why would anyone want to take Arugs from his loving home.

Good luck with the court proceedings!

Kim said...

Thank God, I was really concerned for Argus going to a new home without his friends.

It broke my heart to think he would be forever separated from his "twin" Ridge. (Not to mention his other fellow herd mates.)

Although I have never rescued, I'm not sure I could form a bond with a "speical needs" horse and then just say goodbye. The two horses that I have are "lifers" at my house. You know the saying for better or worse, in sickness and in health, to death do us part...that is the motto of my barn.

I am so glad that you are Argus human.

SOSHorses said...

My new longing, when the court case is finalized, that you turn this blog into a published book - From Hell to Heaven: Saving Argus
The true story of an abused horse, his will to survive and the love of a family who saved him.

Congratulations Argus, you're home!

Cygnet, Ohio

I second, third and call for a vote, a patition, anything that would get this into a book.

Bringing Home Sammy

Bea said...

Any chance you would sent up a donation site through paypal for your efforts in keeping him? While none have inquiried I can guarentee there has been more then one east coaster who wished, just wished we were in CA

*Sharon* said...

I agree with the others. While I would have loved to have Argus sent out to New Zealand, he was already at home.
The book idea is a great one so I hope to see that one day - I want a signed copy. And keep posting, we all need our Argus fix now we are hooked!
Bless you and all the horse rescuers.

PS when is Odie going to be on TV?

Joanna said...

Woooo!! I'm sooo happy that you are keeping Argus. I have been following his story from the begining and have always hoped that he would stay with you, he seems sooo happy with you!

Congratulations to you and Argus!

This has made my day.xxxx

Joanna said...

P.s Please do not stop posting about Argus and co, I love reading about how they (and you!) are getting on


staceirene said...

I think we didn't offer to take him simply because we knew that he was meant to be yours all along. :)

PaintedSneak said...

I've been reading this blog from the beginning, and I have to say, I was always hoping that Argus would stay with you.

Things have a way of falling into place, and I think that this is just another example of that.

spotteddrafter said...

Oh, thank goodness you realized what Argus has known all along - he's home. :)

I can't wait to read more of Argus' adventures!

buckpony said...

Whew, huge, huge, huge sigh of relief. And tears, once again. Wow Katie, you never cease to amaze me. Argus is one of the luckiest horses on the planet.

bubbasmom said...

I love Argus. I love his name and his crooked leg and the way he watches things. And I want you to know that I seriously talked to my husband in depth about adopting him. Unfortunately, we live in Texas:^(

But I'm SO glad you're keeping him!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow - I just learned of your blog and have spent most of my afternoon reading it at work. Don't tell my boss. . . ~ You are my hero - I would love to be able to rescue and rehabilitate a horse, but my husband is not as wonderful and tolerant as yours obviously ! Thank you for all you do for these horses and for sharing your story. I will keep up with it now. NE

The Barn Bitch said...

I am so, so, sooooo happy for you and Argus! What an ending! I've been following your blog for so long and often times wondered how you were going to let him go when the time came.

You have made my day! From my happy little haven in WI to yours, CONGRATULATIONS and here's to many years of utter happiness!

LuvMyTBs said...


Here I sit at work crying my eyes out.I think Argus was meant to be with you and am pretty sure that is why there were no inquiries to adopt him and move him away from his HOME and FAMILY.The photos of him and Ridge speak volumes and he was truly healed and set free by the love,care and compassion you and your family has given him.

I look forward to many more blog entries and photos of this wonderous horse.THANK YOU for what you have done for him.Your place in heaven is secured.

Please write a book about this story so that more eyes and hearts are opened.

Anonymous said...

I am so happy that you have realized that Argus IS home and what a wonderful home he has.

You two were made for each other. Please keep posting about Argus and his antics. I really enjoy reading about Argus and his human and animal family.

We ALL fell in love with Argus.

Anonymous said...

I've got tears in my eyes after reading that you are keeping Argus.

Been following this story since this blog started & I wondered what would become of Argus when he became adoptable.

This story has been one of the most heartwarming ones I've followed. I hope it doesn't end here!

Katie, you have an excellent writing style. You could write books, I'd buy them!

Thank you so much for saving Argus.

Fun In said...

I just wanted to say, as someone who has never commented but always read -- the reason I would never raise my hand to volunteer to adopt Argus is the same reason you are keeping him: I could not be the one who lead such an amazing animal away from the home that has healed him. I could not have watched him look for his old friends, adjust to a new place, etc. I would have worried every second about his happiness, adjustment, etc. I am not the person you are, and you, your farm, and your pets and family, are one with Argus.

I am glad you see it, too.

equestrian_librarian said...

This is wonderful news. Sometimes you just know that it is meant to be. Thank you for sharing Argus' story. It has been beautiful and I can't wait to read more as you continue your life together. Perhaps you should write a book - you are an amazingly gifted writer. You seem to write from the heart.

equestrian_librarian said...

whoops - I didn't read ALL the comments about you writing a book before writing mine. The consensus is in - you are a writer waiting to be discovered/published!!! :)

JoyJumper said...

Deep in my heart, I was sure this gentle creature could only deserve someone as special as you.

Anonymous said...

Ahh, this made me so happy. I think everyone who reads your blog has known what you realized... that he was home! I am so happy for both of you.

Kat said...

All I can say is that tears of happiness are running down my face.
Love and cherish your boys for me, since I lost my boy. Never let them go.

LuvMyTBs said...

Still at work but will not cry during this post!

I would also like to thank and commend your wonderful husband for being there to support you and your large "family" and their special needs.I'm sure the values and life lessons learned at Watermark Farm by your 2 legged children will steer and serve them well in the future.Kudos to you both on a job well done.

rhinestone said...

So glad that Argus has finally found his forever home, especially knowing it's with you. Will continue to read faithfully.

LittleDunMare said...

I've read Argus's story from the beginning, but never commented until now. I'm so pleased you've decided to keep him, you are such an amazing person to have taken the time and patience to save Argus. I know I for one will always check back, so please don't stop the entries :-)

Anonymous said...

How joyful that Argus can stay where he is safe and happy. You have made, every day the best day of his life.

Anonymous said...

I also followed the thread and did actually wish to adopt Argus- but I am way in the north- Canada (Northern Ontario). I saw one of your requirements and I knew he belonged to you (plus it would have been quite a trip for him, something I did not want to put him through either).

I think Argus also sent out vibes to everyone that read his blog that he was truly in heaven now. A home with someone who was willing to teach him how to be a horse.

I am delighted that he will stay with you and hopefully we will contiune to read up on Argus. He has a special place in our hearts!

Anonymous said...

I too LOVE Argus! I hope someday that I can meet him in person! If not, I will know him through your blog!

Stephanie said...

I don't think anyone dared consider interest in Argus...because we all already knew he was meant to be with you.

congrats on the newest permanent addition to your family. I can't wait to hear more about his antics :)

hope4more said...

Congrats to your family and Argus!! I think most of us loyal readers knew this would happen and just waited until it all came together. From the moment I started reading this story I felt he belonged with you, he has become part of a family. He is a very special horse and from day one you two bonded and you really understood him. I think he appreciates that. Not to mention in the interm all he taught you as well, seeing your life through different eyes. What an AMAZING realization and experience. I think you are just meant to be.

I will defenitely keep reading and look forward to more posts about your lives together :) What a happy ending this is.

kahara said...

I cannot tell you how happy I am that you made the decision to keep Argus. I've been silently hoping you would; he does not belong anywhere but with you. Without you and your hard work, Argus would A. probably not be alive, or living a very sad life and B. would never had the chance at a normal life, as normal as it could be, without you. Sure, someone else might have been able to take care of him, but I firmly believe that YOU were the one meant for him, and looking at him today as compared to nearly a year ago is proof of that. You have given him such sensitivity, patience, understanding, care, and above all love. I feel you were the one for him, period. Which is why you never had offers on him; Argus' place is with you. Forever.

Don't worry, I certainly won't leave the blog now that he's been placed. I was dreading if he ever was placed because 1. again, I believe he belongs with you and 2. you wouldn't have any more Argus antics to update us with! I'm very glad that can continue now. I've been reading since a couple weeks after you rescued him, and I've been hooked to this blog ever since. You are also an inspiration to those who rehabilitate horses; you've seen one of the worst (not just in need of groceries...poor Argus' mental hill is the hardest one to climb) and you have helped him so very much. He's almost normal now, and he's HAPPY. He's never felt happiness in his life before you, and you gave him that simple priceless gift. Among other important things, too, but he's just so HAPPY now.

I still think you should make this a book eventually. It would be a very touching one. You could even include the comments if you wanted, lol!

Anonymous said...


athena_arabians said...

I'm crying... This is just a perfect ending (and beginning!). You truly belong together and I've always felt that when you wrote about how to apply to foster etc you really didn't want to write it... I wish you&and yours many happy years ahead!

*from the crying sap in Sweden LOL*


Anonymous said...

I think many, if not most of us, just knew that Argus was yours to keep....even if you didn't know it yet!! I am so glad that Argus will live out his years with a family who really loves him. And of course I will continue reading your posts!! You know....there could be a book out of this! :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Katie and Argies---I did not have the patience to read ALL the comments, but think I speak for all, by saying that We All wanted Argus----I could not take him------but that we knew he was supposed to be there with you------you, who gave him the best second chance possible, to be loved, respected, cherished, cared for------and to learn how to be a horse! We will live thru your lives together vicariously, and hopefully, the blog will continue. Livestrong Argus------and thank you, Katie, for sharing him! Sandy

JoAnn Drew said...

My heart is filled with tears of joy. Argus is with you, he is where he belongs and where he is loved, he is where I hoped he would be, he is home. Thank you so much for making the right decision. And I thank you in advance for continued updates.

Louise said...

Katie, I think you have made the right decision for Argus and for your family. I think it is less that there was no interest in adopting Argus, as it might have possibly been that, like me, I thought he was in the best place possible.
There is not a lot I can do from here in Canada, but I can send a little your way.
We have read faithfully for a long time, we have laughed and cried for all of you.

There could be no happier outcome for Argus. He is with FAMILY for sure. We are so glad that you have made this decision. There are times that you just have to go with your heart, and let that lead you. I can not imagine Argus seperated from his horse family, or from his humans that he has come to rely on for everything good that has happened for him.

Bless you and your family.

Anonymous said...

This is the way it SHOULD BE!!!!!

I am so happy for Argus that he has you, your family and his little horse family out there at Watermark.

Yay Argus! Yay Katie!!!

decorum said...

I'm so happy for Argus! Some are just like that. I recently brought home a donkey that had horrid feet (I'm a trimmer) with the intent of rehabbing him over the summer and finding him "a nice donkey home". Yeah, right. Ee is here to stay. He now has a stall, a rainsheet, his teeth have been done and he has been gelded. I just special ordered him a nice green rope halter and long lead so I can pony him. He is my horse's best bud.

But... I am also helping to rehome a horse right now, she hasn't actually been at my house but it is still hard. I have just trimmed her to rehab her navicular and tried to find her a home. She may be coming down your way (you have been contacted about her through e-mail, actually) It is so far away, I may never meet her again. But it sounds like a perfect home and I am sure she will love her new life.

I guess I get what you are saying, some are here for life and I am so glad that Argus is one of those for you. What a happy ending.

Anonymous said...

I've also got a little tear in my eye and, like many others, I always thought Argus had already found his forever home ;-)

You've done such a wonderful thing rehabbing this horse and I'm so pleased that he gets to stay with his buddy Ridge.


Rhova said...

I think no one offered to adopt him, because we already knew what you've finally figured out - he's been yours all along, it was meant to be :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Argus! You are the luckiest horse in the world to have found Katie.

I'm glad I got to meet Argus, and now I know I can visit him again when I come into town.

I've decided to keep my rescue tb mare Lotus too. She won my heart even though I know I'll never be able to ride her. It's amazing to see how much she trusts me, and how little she trusts anyone else.

Good luck Katie with Argus and keep us updated. I have TV again after 12 when is Odie on?

Miss you,

Anonymous said...

i spent all weekend reading your blog.. i started at the beginning and cried 3 times. i hoped all along you'd keep Argus. no one could give him more then you have given him. i'm so happy for you, your family and of course Argus.

Peggy Archer said...

I'm happy to hear that Argus will be staying with you.

I do have to confess that for months, I've thought about adopting him, but I never contacted you because a) I live in Los Angeles and b) I just don't have the space for him and even if I did I wouldn't be able to give him the great life he's got with you.

Congrats on your new horse :)

Bonnie said...

I am so glad that you have officially adopted Argus. The love that you have for him and he for you just beams from your blog posts. You and your family are angels of mercy and love for these horses, and Argus especially. I'm so so glad you found each other. You and your family have reserved a special place in heaven for rescuing abused horses with dignity and love.

Anonymous said...

Add me to the list of people that were so happy for Argus that they cried. How wonderful for him to be able to stay with the horses and humans that have shown him how great life can be. Bless you for everything you've done for him.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Katie! Your are now the proud mom of a 1000 lbs baby Argus! What a day!!! I think if you gather all the posts and put them in a book on - everyone would purchase it and Argus will pay for himself. Unless of course you have had a book offer somewhere else.... I know I would buy one. There is way too few happy ending books out there and I LOVE happy endings!

cj said...

Congratulations! The best of endings, and beginnings, for Argus!

AlphaMare said...

I suspect I am one of many who seriously thought about offering Argus a home -- but we (or at least I) knew it would not be his TRUE home.

No matter how much another person cared for him, no matter how fine a stall and pasture, no matter how congenial the other horses, it would still be CHANGE -- It would mean more stress and uncertainty for this gentle spirit who has already known too much sadness and fear.

Welcome home, Argus!

Anonymous said...

No one came forward because it was obvious from the very beginning that Argus belonged with you. So happy you finally accepted what seemed absolutely right to Argus and the rest of us. God Bless all of you at Watermark Farm.

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Estelle said...

Thanks Goodness....I read this with tears in my eyes..Im so happy you are keeping him. I have thought of it every time I have read your new posts about Argus and wondered, now how is she ever going to be able to let this sweet boy go somewhere new....Im soooo happy you are kepping him and I can bet all I have that so is Argus! Kudos for an awesome job and for all that you do for horses in need. If you ever fall on hard times post here, I and Im sure many others that have followed Argus' story would be more then happy to help out.

Anonymous said...

I am officially thrilled to death for Argus! And I'm with Bea, I would be happy to contribute some each month to help you with him and the others that will be lucky enough to be rescued by you. Just let us know!!!


Anonymous said...

A long time reader who has never posted, I thought you were going to write about Argus being adopted by someone else. I was HORRIFIED! I'm so glad he is staying with you.

Your posts are fabulously written and though I am a big crier anyway, they usually cause a tear or two because they are so touching.

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear this he has a forever home finally worthy of his forever.

Romeena said...

Happy Day! What a blessing for both of you. You deserve each other.

I have been a reader for a very short time, but I stand in awe of your talent as a writer, as well as your remarkable heart for that thing which God has called you to do. I've always considered horses to be His most noble creation, and to be given charge over some of them is an honor.

During most of my pre-adult life, I had access to horses, and during my teen years I had one of my own. Then I married and moved away, my parents moved back to town, and my father was forced to sell my horse. He went to a family with a young daughter at that time, but I do not know what his eventual fate was, and it breaks my heart when I think of him. I can only hope to find him at Rainbow Bridge some day.

I believe, as you apparently do, that animals possess a soul on some level, perhaps not the same as ours, but I do believe God has a plan for them as well. It only makes sense. The Bible says "ALL creation will praise Him." It doesn't say all humans.

I'm counting on meeting my dear old boy one of these days, as well as the precious dogs who have passed through my life over the years.

Anonymous said...

I hardly need to add my comment, all have said it over and over. Don't ever think that we all didn't want to come and adopt Argus, it was just so obviously the wrong thing to do. I myself could never take the responsibility of removing that wonderful boy from your care, the thought of his heartbreak tears me up even now. ((hugs)) The best to you and yours! Please publish yours & Argies story. This may be the end (of a sorts)to one story but I think you'll find it is the beginning of a whole new adventure.
And don't forget to keep posting!!

Anonymous said...

Another long-term reader and first-time commenter...

Reading your entries, it seemed so obvious that Argus had found a home not only at your farm, but also in your heart. I am so happy to read that he will stay with you.

Sammy said...

Congratulations - I burst into happy tears when I read your post. Two of my three dogs are former fosters (we call them "foster failures), and one of them is licking my tears as I type.

This is the first time I've posted, but I've enjoyed your blog from the very beginning - please keep us up-to-date on Argus, Ridge, and the rest of the family.

Jennifer said...

No one applied because they knew where Argus really belongs. I just found this blog via COTH forums and did a marathon read--if you ever want a writer to help compile this into a book, count me in. What a story, and what a perfect ending!

Please keep us updated, though--I want to hear when Cayenne finds a home!

Kelli said...

I am so happy you decided to keep Argus! I'd actually been hoping since the very first time you mentioned adopting Argus that you'd decide to keep him. He always looks so happy in the pictures you share with us and I'd have been very sad to hear that he'd have to leave that for a new home, away from his friends, with new, strange people to learn to trust. He's one lucky boy, though.. From hell to heaven indeed.

I am so happy for you and Argus and Ridge, because Ridge has played a very important role in Argus's rehab as well, you know. ;)

Keep posting, I always want to hear about what's going on with Argus and co.!

Jenny said...

I've been a long time reader of this blog, though I've never commented before. However, I can't resist now, as this is the entry that has put my mind to rest. Throughout reading it, I always felt uneasy when you'd mention Argus as being up for adoption- to me, it always seemed as if his perfect home was exactly where he was.

I'm so happy for you all, and can't wait to read more adventures.

whywouldyouknitthat said...

You know, I am probably one of the ones guilty of reading this blog who could have provided a wonderful home for Argus, but the thought never occurred to me. The thought occurs to me all the time when I see horses that have had a terrible past and are in need of a competent, educated, experienced home, but the thought never occurred to me once. I think part of that was because reading the words you write about Argus, I can tell that he is happy and loved. Perhaps it was a feeling that I knew he was where he needed to be, with you.

I think it is wonderful that you have chosen to keep Argus. He knows and trusts you, and you know him like no one else. It is a wonderful thing you are doing by choosing to be his forever home.

Kudos to you, hugs to Argus, and the best of luck in the future. Perhaps you could set up an Argus fund to help with expenses.

I hope his former owner pays for what she did, if not now then on judgement day. She deserves to pay for what she did.

seventh sister said...

Sounds like a lot of figured he would end up staying with you. It would be so hard to put that kind of emotion into a horse and then give him up. Have you thought about putting a donation button from paypal on this blog so that people who want to could make a contribution to Argus' care?

Philip said...

Congrats! I'm so happy for you and Argus. Like many others, I also had hoped all along that you would keep him in the end, I'm so glad that he will stay with you!

apajax6 said...

SO happy that Argus will be staying with you forever! I'm sure you two have formed such a bond that he would be lost without you, not to mention his equine friends Congratulations!

Jami said...

Katie, the tears sprung while reading. I've been following Argus from the start and have learned from YOU kind and loving patience. I think back to Argus' "Big Boy Haircut" and how one poster was annoyed that you clipped him. Your explanation made such an impression on me. I respond in a more instructive manner when interacting with people who don't get it. I thank you for that. Furthermore, who else but you could keep Argus? Throughout his journey, my thinking was who but you could care for his soul? It does not surprise me that no one inquired about adopting him since he was already home with you. Thank you for this blog Katie, and I thank God that Argus found you since it is obvious that you were meant for each other.

Anonymous said...

Yay Argus! Yay Katie!

Thank you, katie, for accepting what Argus already knew.

Thank you Argus, for being you.

PaintedPromise said...

wow 120comments already... no way i can read them all, so through my happy tears i will just add my "welcome home" to Argus. i love you buddy - you have touched my soul... Katie i am beyond happy that you have decided to keep him :) i would never tell you what to do - i know how hard it is to let them go but i also know we cannot keep them all - but from the first it has seemed to me that he should stay with YOU...

there are several here that came in for the purpose of being rehabbed and adopted out but here they are and here they will stay... when it's right, you can't fight it :)

watchingpuddles said...

I am so, so, so happy that he is staying with you!! I'm bawling at work right now - not the first time your dear Argie has done this to me - my coworkers must think I lead a miserable life. I only discovered your blog last week, and started reading from the beginning. I hoped that as I got closer to the present, there would be a happy forever home for Argus - and there is!!! I hope his life with you is long, happy and very healthy. You are a saint and you, Argus, and your wonderfully supportive family deserve the very best!


PS - It's weird how much a horse I've never met has affected me so deeply. You keep calling him an "old soul" and I know exactly what you mean. I can see it in his photos. He is an old soul - my God, I am so happy he's with you.

Susan in NC said...

You don't know how relieved I am that Argus will be at Watermark forever! Thank you beyond knowing for your decision to let him remain with you and his family. Hadn't read this til tonight when I saw the post about the results of the courtroom decison on ABR. So, went to the whole blog and caught up the past two entries. I am truly at peace for Argus now. Bless You All! Susan

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad - like so many other of the readers who have posted, I have felt from the start that he belonged with you!

Catherine said...

Your post brought tears to my eyes this morning. What a wonderful outcome to a very long journey!

Sybie Alice said...

I have followed your life with Argus from the beginning. That is why I understand why you have had no offers for him! How could anyone improve on his present situation? Who would want to take him away from Ridge? Or you?
I wish you all many happy years together.

Wiola said...

Hi Katie, I have only found your blog today and read it all - amazing!
I was so happy to read he will stay where he is so happy, with horses he got to know and people he got to love.
All the best!! I will be back to read more.

Anonymous said...

Late... but I haven't been keeping up! I'm so glad to hear you're keeping him. What a lucky soul he is to have found you - and you him. :)

Louise said...

Well done, that is amazing, you're clearly his guardian angel

Strawberry Lane said...

Having been far behind in reading my favorite blogs, I checked in on Argus.

I read through your post on the trauma of letting go of horses you've rescued and cared for. It sure hit what is troubling me, already.

Six weeks ago I fought to rescue a starving horse from the clutches of a young girl that had basically abandoned her horse. One dollar later, the horse became mine.

The plan all along has been to bring him back to health and find the perfect forever home.

As I see him progress and the sweet, tender personality emerge along with his trust, I'm thinking ahead of letting him go.

Already, others are showing interest in him, homes that I know would be responsible.

But, I'm getting that heavy feeling you described. The worries are setting in, as well as a long list of "what if's".

I never want this precious horse to know the ravages of starvation again.

Right now, I only trust myself for that assurance.

Rosalind said...

Well written article.

Anonymous said...

I cried when I read this. I was so happy. I was so worried about what would happen to him as it always seemed that your farm is the home for him. It's a funny feeling but I'm just glad that he can stay as it seems to me that he's a very special spirit who needs someone with lot of understanding of speciality to take care of him.