Be Positive


Be positive. Keep thinking and acting positively until you have become what you want to become. Never underestimate the power of your own mind.


friend and therapist

When I was born, I was born into hunger and fear on a reserve in Southern Alberta, I did not know what love was. 

When I sleep I often dream about helping others, like a therapist. But the dream was just a dream for 6 months.


I longed to run around, play, and jump just like every other kid, but I could not. I was stuck. The best times of my life were when I slept. I dreamed my dream to be a therapist.


I spent my first 6 six months of my life just like that. Suddenly a nice person took me for a ride - a very long ride it was! I dreamed again. What else I can do! When I opened my eyes, I saw something different. I didn't know if I would be a therapist but I certainly knew I had come to heaven.


The air was clean, I smelled love and care. The place was rich with greenery. I ran around and  found fellows of a different kind - pigs, cows, cats, hens, humans. I barked, wagged my tail, and said hi to all of them - yes! To each and every one! In a few days, my hair smelled good, for I was bathed and taken care of. The humans here took care of me as though I was their child. People here helped me to realize that pain and suffering can all be wiped off with love and care. I became a healthy and happy dog! I spend quiet moments with them and I now have a deep understanding of each of my friends. Of Course, that's what friends are for, right?! Here I can go around and sit silently with any of my friends who are in need of care for whatever reason.


 I - am - Benson - and - I am calm - composed - fluffy - THERAPY DOG.


The RASTA Sanctuary is one of only two farm sanctuaries on all of Vancouver Island and the need for our help is constant and great! If you see value in the work that we do, please consider making a donation to help support our efforts. 


The RASTA Calendar 2020 is crafted with love by a total of 7 volunteers from 3 different organisations, RASTA, Mystic Lights, and Vyugam Business Consulting & Climate Emergency Solutions, who are experts in their area of work. We would like to take a moment to thank each one of them as well as the residents of RASTA for sharing their love and wisdom with all of us.