A Special Bond
and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.”
And that is what happened.
Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!
Genesis 1:30-31 (NLT)
When I arrived, I could hear him crying from the back room. As soon as he saw me, the crying stopped. Bringing Jack, my seven year old Cocker Spaniel home from surgery, was like witnessing one my children in pain. Jack is more than a pet to me and my family. He is a family member.
It may seem strange that I’ve slept downstairs with Jack since he came home that day. Knowing that he can’t do stairs for quite some time, worries me. If I go upstairs, Jack has always followed, no matter what time of day. He knows when it’s mom’s bedtime and has always reminded me if I’m late. I can’t bear the thought of him being alone or risking injury to himself if he were to bypass the barricade.
I am his main caregiver. I tend to his therapy each day. I hand fed him the first two weeks when his cone of shame prevented him easy access to his food bowl. Some would say this is extreme. I am not the only one who has a special connection to Jack; all four of my children have a special bond with him not to mention my husband Kevin. Each one of them has taken part in his recovery.
It is amazing what lengths we will go to for our pets. But isn’t it our responsibility to care for all the living things God has put in our lives? It is amazing what animals can do for us. Many canines have special abilities to help the sick and prevent us from danger. I believe most pet owners would agree that they somehow seem to connect emotionally. They lift us up when we are down. Sometimes they have a way of consoling us when others can’t. Even with animals, God had a plan. And He saw that even they, were good.