We made the sad decision to put our dog, Speedy, down today. After watching him deteriorate for the past few months, we knew it was time. His hair was falling out, his skin was en-flamed, his legs shook, and he whimpered at night in an effort to get comfortable. Speedy was 15 & 1/2 years old, and the last of what I call our “fur baby family before we had a human family”.
I could write so much about what I have learned through loving my dogs and cats. Dogs are especially unique in their love for their human companions, and I believe that they are a special kind of gift to this world. They keep our secrets, comfort our sadness, and protect us with vicious loyalty. If only we could treat each other the way our dogs do, perhaps there would be less gossip, less grief, and less victimization in the world.
This morning, I gathered our children and explained to them that when they returned home this evening, Speedy would no longer be living with us, and that we felt it was time for him to be put down so that he would not suffer anymore. Both paused for a moment, and then spoke some wise words to me:
“Speedy will be in Heaven with Cleo and Baby Kitty now.”
“His skin will get better, and his hair will grow back.”
“God will take care of Speedy.”
After listening to them process their impending loss, I realized that their words brought great comfort to me. It was a difficult day, but the vision of Heaven that the kids put in my mind infused my thoughts.
In Heaven, there will be great joy, and the grandest of reunions. In Heaven, sickness and frailness, and all of the things that make us physically and emotionally ill, will be gone. In Heaven, we will rejoice with our Heavenly Father.
Today was one of remembrance of the sweet little puppy that bounced his way into our lives. It was one of commemoration about the many years he greeted us at the door, slept next to my feet, and gave us moments of laughter. I was also reminded that the years may seem long, but time with each other, truly is short.
It was also a day of a grand envisioning of what Heaven will be like, and of the blessed assurance of Eternal life.
Thank you, Lord, for gifting me with Your wisdom and promises through the soft-spoken words of my children.