Have you ever had the love of a pet? Vicki shares how her dog has given her and her husband great comfort.
“The poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him” (2 Samuel 12:3).
A while back, we found out our beloved cocker spaniel had cancer. An ultrasound showed that Allegro had a twelve inch tumor in his body. Removing the mass would cost thousands of dollars. How we loved our furry family member.
Everyone shared their sympathies. At ten years old, it seemed time to put him down.
But, my husband couldn’t let go. Howie wanted to spend the money we saved for a romantic vacation on surgery for Allegro. Keeping our pet alive even for a short time longer meant more to him than a trip to the tropics.
So, for the love of a pet, we decided to take Allegro to the veterinary hospital. Not knowing if he’d survive the surgery.
Five days after Allegro’s surgery, Howie found out his job would be eliminated. During the uncertain months that followed, Howie had the comfort of his faithful dog.
It’s been over two years since the mass was removed and Allegro is still alive. At twelve years old, he still runs around our home like a puppy.
Howie’s not the only one who benefits from our pet. Allegro helps me in countless ways. Medication slows the progression of multiple sclerosis, pills can mask the pain, but, my four-legged companion comforts me.
Pets have a way of easing our sorrow and helping us forget our physical pain. Without any side effects.
Alone because you can no longer work? A pet is your companion.
Feeling lonely? A pet listens to your every word.
Sad because of what your illness prevents you from doing? A pet licks away your tears.
Fearful of what your future holds? A pet’s calming presence helps ease anxieties.
In pain? A pet demonstrates how to bear it without complaining.
Betrayed by a loved one who abandoned you in your illness? A pet remains.
Trouble getting around? Trained service animals and guide dogs help.
Seizure prone? God created dogs that can sense a seizure coming and warn you.
2 Corinthians 7:6 gives us an example of how God uses Christian friends to comfort the downcast. He blesses us with the love of a pet who can do the same.
Prayer: Dear Father, Thank You for creating animals that You use as instruments of comfort. I ask that Allegro will always be a reminder of Your unconditional love for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
About the Author:
Vicki understands special needs as a patient, parent, and professor. She has had multiple sclerosis since 1993. Her 31 year old son was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She’s taught special education as a teacher, administrator, and adjunct professor. Through her online community she reaches out to other parents of children with special needs. http://theblogfrog.com/1505794
What ways does the love of a pet help you deal with your illness or pain?
Oh, so many cute puppy videos to choose from! Here is one of a puppy who thinks he has found a friend (in the mirror!)