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A Video and a Prayer

January 7, 2014

I have a thing for dogs. But, not all dogs. Big dogs. I love big dogs. I confess, I really don’t have time for small dogs. They shouldn’t count if they weigh less than my cat. That’s a wind-up toy, not a dog.

You and your chihuahua can be mad at me, that’s okay.

Regardless of their size, I think God did something pretty special with dogs. Out of all the animals in the world, dogs seem to have this THING for their people. They are family. Cats, and we love ’em, they are simply residents of our home. Or rather, we’re residents. Or maybe tenants. Cats own the place, and let us live there. But the dogs, they don’t just live there, they love.

(Did that make you cry? It always makes me cry. Even when I’m just writing a blog post. Sniffle. )

I’ve missed having a dog in the family. They are messy, and drooly, and noisy, and their farts are as bad as their burps, but gosh, we love them don’t we? (I feel so naughty for saying “farts.”)

We’ve done all the legwork for applying, but now we wait for just the right pooch to come along. We’re planning on rescuing an adult…not sure I’m ready for the puppy thing again, yet.

I’m still raising a couple of puppies.

I’m anxious. So many variables. Temperament, health, behavior…we had a delightful German Shepherd Dog years ago, but she just wouldn’t tolerate other dogs. Thousands of dollars spent on socialization and training, but our diva wouldn’t suffer other dogs to live in our neighborhood.

She was great with babies. Our infant son would pull food from her mouth, bite her on the tail, play pat-a-cake with her jowls, and she wouldn’t move a muscle.  Even Sophie the Cat liked her. Once, she even tried to fly.

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But we couldn’t even take her for a walk safely. I’d go out at dawn, before others were out and about, and even then, I always worried that at some point, she’d get out of my control.

It was an awful season. We loved her so much, but we had to let her return to her breeder to find another, safer home. She became an Only Dog and lived out her life chasing bunnies through the forest. Better than being cooped up with us.

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So, I ask you, will you pray for us? Pray for just the right dog, for our very own Mudge to live with and love us, and love our boys, just as God intended? 

It’s not too small a prayer for God, I think. GoD and DoG.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Bethany Fitelson permalink
    January 7, 2014 9:40 pm

    I’m so glad you are getting another dog! I miss Heidi, but it was right to let her go. I can’t wait to see the new dog you end up with!

  2. January 8, 2014 7:22 am

    Boy did I go through this time in such a similar fashion. I could have written this post about three years ago. We did end up rescuing a beagle mix…who ended up being aggressive towards the four kids, which therefore meant he went back to the rescue group to be placed in a home without children. And then…well…then we got Poppy, our sweet as can be beagle. She is absolutely exactly what we prayed for. And our home is filled with fur and barking and nose marks on the windows and a roly poly ball of fuzz with a wagging tail. It’s completely awesome.

    I wish all that good stuff for you guys, too. Will certainly send up a few prayers for that perfect friend to make it’s way into your home. Good luck!

    • January 8, 2014 7:40 am

      Wow – that must have been hard and scary! If she had been aggressive toward the baby I think she would have had to go much sooner than four years. We loved her, so, and I loved seeing her interact with my son! Thanks for your prayers, and I’m so glad that God brought you Poppy! What a darling name for a beagle…

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