Homestead Sanctuary (Paperback)
Born and raised on a quarter horse farm in Montana, Alex's plan for the future was college and eventually running the family ranch. That plan changed after the attack on September 11, 2001, when Alex joined the Army in order to defend the United States of America. When a promising military career is cut short by a life-altering injury, Alex is forced to return to Montana in an attempt to heal a broken body, mind, and soul. Coaxed into providing a sanctuary for an injured horse, Alex begins to understand when you save an animal, that same animal finds a way to save you in return. As the difficulties of running an animal sanctuary unfold, so do the challenges of everyday life. Adjusting to a new way of living, Alex must find a way to deal with the past while embracing the future. In Homestead Sanctuary, Alex narrates the uplifting and often-comical adventures of the animals and people who find themselves part of the journey. In addition to the incredibly special horse named Ma Jolie, you will meet a variety of animals, including a pig named Liberty rescued from an overturned semi, a blind filly named Miracle, and a very clever pup named Tapa. As word gets out about the animal rescues and all the fun-filled activities, it is not long before the community of Kalispell takes notice. With the assistance of some amazing volunteers, Homestead Sanctuary becomes a place of healing for both the animals and the people of Montana. Realizing the complexity of the world we live in, Homestead Sanctuary is a heartwarming adventure that opens the door for conversations regarding animal abandonment and abuse, as well as human issues such as a disability, autism, suicide, and PTSD.