We all hate our jobs and the rut that we’re forced to live in (I wake up every morning wanting to smash my alarm clock) but does anyone actually have the guts to chuck their entire life away to live off the grid and do what they want to do all day?
Daria Pushkareva did. She was a successful wedding photographer with a thriving business, but she had always dreamed of taking in and caring for stray dogs. She wound up helping a disabled and flea-infested dog, which she loved doing so much that she kept rescuing dogs. Eventually she left her home in the heart of Moscow to buy a country house deep in the woods. Now she cares for 100+ animals, including foxes, raccoons, birds, and her beloved dogs.
Since moving into her new home, most of Daria’s time is spent on animal care, including feeding them, getting them to take their medication, and building shelters and exercise spaces for them. Their space is full of little kennels and dog houses, but most of the animals have a lot of freedom to roam. They power their place with solar panels and they have built in running water and plumbing.
Though Daria says that the work can be exhausting, she also finds it very rewarding. May we all find the same kind of compassionate fulfillment in life.