We had a mixed breed dog that we raised from a puppy. Tippy was her name. She was a loving, loyal dog. I remember her having a litter of pups and we found them homes. When my parents divorced, my Mother took on a live-in job to help a widower raise his three children. I went with her, but Tippy couldn’t go with us. My mother gave her to a friend. Later, I wondered why we never went to visit Tippy. Mom then had to tell me that Tippy wouldn’t eat and finally died. I realized it wasn’t a lack of food that killed her, it was a broken heart. I had trouble forgiving my mother, and blamed her for Tippy’s death. I later realized mom did what she thought was best at the time. I learned that dogs are more than just animals, they were created in love to befriend and comfort us. The love they have for us is everlasting, and with separation they grieve for us as we would a family member who lives on in our hearts and memories. 2017
UPDATE…March 10, 2017
Tonight Priscilla died at home. She appeared to recover from the vaccinations reaction of three years ago. But the devastating health problems remained within and her health deteriorated. I have documents from the Vets that administered the yearly vaccinations, and the diagnosis of her condition of three years ago that demanded no more vaccinations.
I was never warned by the Vet about vaccinations. I thought I was doing right by protecting my dog’s health when all along I put her on a slippery slope!
Please consider the vaccination danger involved. Veterinarians tell you the risk is small, a low percentage. But when it happens to your dog, it’s a 100% loss of your beloved pet.
I was so anxious Friday, March 3. Priscilla had a grooming appointment and due to her age and health, I continued to pray to the Lord for protection and strength to endure the procedure, and to keep her calm and at peace. She didn’t want to be there for the last few appointments, and was excited to see me return for those rides home.
Well, this is the last professional groom for her! I thought we were going to lose her. I’ve never seen her so weak. When home again I placed her on the floor and she laid down struggling to breathe. After a while, I picked her up onto her feet and she swayed, weak in the knees. I held her in the recliner for a while to continue to soothe her. I called Darrell and told him to come home as soon as possible saying, “she might not recover.” In time, I carried her outside to use the bathroom. She did walk forward and went both ways. So I thought ok, all is working there. Later on she ate her dinner and continued to calm the labored breathing.
PTL she continues to recover to the state prior to the groom. With her age and health condition due to the vaccinations reaction she’ll never be the same, and now we need to treat her ever so gently. I’m so thankful to God that He did hear me and my concerns for Priscilla.
I’m so embarrassed that I thought He didn’t hear me, as I kept saying, “I did trust you, I did trust you” as the tears flowed freely. How easy it is to doubt! May He continue to help my unbelief : (
Psalms 37:4-5; 55:22
Proverbs 3:5-6; 16:3
1 Peter 5:7
I can’t bear to watch animals abused/tortured.
“Whatsoever you do unto the least of these, you do also unto me.”
This extends also to animals. It is a very short step between abusing a dog and abusing a child, between thinking it is acceptable to mistreat an animal and thinking it is acceptable to mistreat people. Mistreatment of animals is a warning sign of the true nature of the person.
”The Season of Mourning…”
Lying here next to my beloved dog,
Stroking her aged body, I find myself
Mourning her absence in her presence.
When does the season of mourning arrive?
I believe that season is always in us, alive…
Hauntingly reminding us of the eventual night,
When our spirit will need His might
To make it through the loss of our beloveds.
Leaning on the everlasting arms ❤
~May Lyn 2/2017
Some childhood memories may be better left unsaid…
Or speak out, and rid yourself of all the fear and dread…*
Little Orphant Annie’s come to our house to stay,
An’ wash the cups an’ saucers up, an’ brush the crumbs away,
An’ shoo the chickens off the porch, an’ dust the hearth, an’ sweep,
An’ make the fire, an’ bake the bread, an’ earn her board-an’-keep;
An’ all us other childern, when the supper things is done,
We set around the kitchen fire an’ has the mostest fun
A-list’nin’ to the witch-tales ‘at Annie tells about,
An’ the Gobble-uns ‘at gits you
Ef you Don’t Watch Out!
(lines from “Little Orphant Annie” 1885 by James Whitcomb Riley)
Some are luckier than others
Given their fathers and mothers,
But never doubt the love they had
Through all your times of good and bad.
Write your story!*
**May Lyn 2016
DECEMBER 27…I sit here watching a neighbor disassembling his Christmas lawn decorations…Santa, Reindeer, Snowman, Nativity Set. I realize Christmas Day is past, but only by two days!
When is Christmas over for you? The day after, two days after, New Year’s Day, twelve days after? The excitement of Christmas builds to a climax on the morning of December 25, and then it stops, abruptly. Christmas is over, the New Year begins, and people go back to their normal lives.
Why is Christmas “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”? It is a most beautiful time of the year with lights glistening, maybe on new fallen snow and with a full moon for a backdrop. Most hearts seem lighter during the season except for those in despair and in need of prayer. Shouldn’t we be rejoicing in the Lord every day of the year? “Rejoice evermore; Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing”; and see Psalm 100. For those whose elation comes only with lights and libations, the saddest day of the year is December 26, because it’s all over and the depression soon sets in. Then…”In the dead of night we now strain for the chink of light that comes from a Bethlehem cave.”**
What does the Christmas season mean to you? Do you remember ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’? What’s the message you get from that story? How would you explain Christmas to your future grandchildren? Is it about gifts or the Giver of gifts? “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is about the birth of our Saviour and love, even of a scraggly tree!
Christmas is not a day, it’s a season…the season of our lives. “To everything there is a season…”
May our Lord Jesus Christ continue to bring light to a world of darkness and hope to a world of despair. May you and yours have a “Merry Christmas” all year long!
~May Lyn – December 27, 2016