Sweet Adeline's Story of Courage
"It Is With The Heart Ones Sees Rightly; What Is Essential Is Invisible To The Eye"
de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince
By Barbara Ellen Ries, L.S.W.,L.I.C.D.C.
Full Story will be Published in December 2006
"This is a beautiful story of Sweet Adeline, a brave horse who changed a woman's life. Once again, we see how animals can choose to behave in the noblest of ways. Adeline taught courage and compassion to the people who loved her. Good luck with the story and with your beautiful work to get Adeline the recognition she deserves. I'm cheering for you."
Kristen Von Kreisler, author of THE COMPASSION OF ANIMALS and BEAUTY IN THE BEASTS
"Barbara Ellen Ries' devotion to Sweet Adeline is constant, consistent, beautiful and total. I congratulate her on this wondrous endeavor."
Michele S. Davis PhD., of Serendipity Stables
Barbara Ellen Ries writes:
Enclosed is my story, Sweet Adeline's Story of Courage - It Is With The Heart Ones Sees Rightly What Is Essential Is Invisible To The Eye (Antoine Saint de Exupery). It's about Sweet Adeline, a horse that saved 12 people's lives, keeping them steadfast against the founding wall during an F3 tornado. Adeline did not exhibit flight survival behavior; she kicked three people to the ground and kept us unaware of the approaching storm. She had an intuitive sixth sense of danger approaching. She became a hero that day and the leader of the herd.
I'm one of the storm's survivors, and I'm here to tell the story of a hero. There is no greater honor than to save someone's life. It is an even greater honor to save their lives back. Sweet Adeline needed for me to tell our story.