What price comfort?
A few nights ago I was awakened by a puppy screaming. I thought immediately that it must have been hit by a car. We live right in the middle of town and it happens too often. I went to the window and listened to see if I could tell where the sound was coming from and glanced at the clock it was 1:00 am.
I put my shoes on and walked outside and followed its pitiful sounds to the back yard. I have a very soft heart and I was dreading what I might find but I had to do something!
Oh what a relief when a little puppy came running up and I scooped it up in my arms. She was trembling but did not seem to be hurt in any way. I took her inside and gave her some milk and we settled in on the couch for the night.
It took nearly an hour for her to stop shaking and then I noticed her breathing was funny. In and out rapidly like she was panting with her mouth closed. Finally as I held her she became peaceful and with a long sigh she let her body relax and fell asleep.
It’s been a long time since I held a puppy. I have two dogs which I rescued from the pound but I forgot puppies possess a magical power. As I gave comfort to this little sweet thing I realized she was comforting me and it felt so good.
We cuddled all night and in the morning I called the phone number on her collar and returned her to her owner. I guess I’m just too soft hearted but I wouldn’t have put her out for the night at her age.
The point of all this….I wasn’t aware I needed comfort until my little night visitor stopped by with healing in her paws. This little animal touched my life and made me feel better somehow. I wouldn’t be surprised if I managed to add a new little fuzzy member to our already crowded household in the near future.
Those of you who are blessed with a spouse who can touch you on this level are so blessed. Yea for significant comforting others! Those of you that have children and babies to hold in your arms are so blessed! For us all I prescribe a little time today to be comforted.
I cannot thank you enough for this post. I could actually feel the puppy in my arms as I read your story. :)
"Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live." Robert F. Kennedy
What a warm and fuzzy story!
I watched my granddaughters all day this last Sunday and spent time with my granddog. I did not feel an ounce of pain the whole day. Cuddling and holding my 5 month old GD, doing a little girl makeup kit - eye shadow, lipstick, sparkles and nails with the 3 yr old. Of course she had to put makeup and sparkles on grandma too. You should have seen us- we were a hoot! It took forever to clean our faces but we had so much fun. I still am finding sparkles on me. Oh yes, and outside with the granddog playing and just chilling on the lawn together.
Why can't we bottle this stuff?? I know- I will just suggest to my son and daughter-in-law I'm going to move in with them and then I would not have any pain! R-i-g-h-t.....
Thanks for the story Chuzzle, that was a nice start to my day.
I suppose the rest of the story (as Paul Harvey used to say) will be hard for you guys to believe. But here goes.
This morning after my grand kids arrived my oldest girl decided it was hooky day. I know to all you teachers out there this is an outrage but she is a senior in high school and has a very light schedule. In fact she told me yesterday was spent in movies and a coloring contest. Fall break starts tomorrow and I guess they were getting an early start.
I saw some dogs that were dumped where I usually go fishing and bought some dog food to see if I could get close enough to help them. Today was the day I set aside for my rescue attempt so I invited my grand daughter Kelcey to go with me.
As we drove up to the side of the lake we noticed a spotted pit bull the size of my recliner. At first we sat in the car and just talked nice to him…..very nice! Soon his tail started waggin and we got out to feed him. But he was so excited to see someone he just licked us and nearly beat us to death with his big old tail. If you’ve ever seen the movie Homeward Bound and know the character Chance you’ll know pretty much what he looks like. (only much more stocky) He stood up and put his feet on my chest and then devoured half the sack of dog food we brought.
We figured Chance could probably fend for himself for a while so we vowed to bring him more food and scraps from the mission. I suggested we broaden our search around the side of the lake. Then Kelcey said, “I see something, Oh it’s puppies!”
Someone dumped two yellow lab puppies. They were going through trash sacks when we saw them. I parked the car and we walked up to them calling and talking baby talk. One ran a little ways off and hunkered down to hide and the other opted to just hide in the trash.
Lest I make this story too long….they are now safe, fed, bathed, wormed and probably will be sleeping with my grand daughter tonight. They are just old enough to drink milk from a saucer and eat softened puppy food. It was great to see them finally trust us enough to manage a tail wag.
We stopped by the grocery store in town to get a box for them and found Chance a home. One of the ladies that works there said she would go rescue him after work. What a wonderful day! Thanks for listening
And now Chuzzle you just made my night!
Especially about the yellow lab puppies. My granddog is a yellow lab, so they have a very special place in my heart.
My heart is also breaking from what you said- people just dump these animals by this lake!?? Where is their compassion??? I do know they are poor excuses for human beings.
Marlee was right that the Lord works in mysterious ways and I know he works alot through you. I have no doubt.
Marlee- Your ahead of me on the sparkles. This was the first time her and I did that. And the red cowgirl hat with the silver powder- oh, how pretty, hee-hee. What kind of puppy are you getting?
What a beautiful story Chutz. Thank you for sharing it with us.
We also have two cats. On is 14 yrs old. We named her Patty Cat because she will come and pat you when she wants something. But her Indian name is She Who Sits By The Wall because she sits strait up with her back against the wall like a bear. Funny, funny.
Anyway what I wanted to share with you is about their cat pan. I've fixed them an outside "rest room" which I can clean through an outside access door. All you have to do is fix a rabbit hutch type enclosure and attach it to the outside of your house. At one of our houses we gave them access to it through a window. In our present location they have access through a doggie door in the garage. If you like the idea I can share more detailed directions for the construction. It sure makes it easier to own more than one cat!
Thanks everyone for your comments. My grand daughters latched on to the puppies. And their Daddy promised to take them off my hands when they are strong enough. They have a place in the country. Right now we are trying to get the thousands of ticks off of them. They have certainly perked up since yesterday and I know they are going to be alright now.
When I checked on them this morning to take them outside at 6 am they were kissing my bare toes. They are so adorable.
Ok Sue...Marlee....Dregs or Dreds...I don't get it??? Dumb I guess
A soft heart is a heart that is alive....boy are we alive! I've made an agreement to keep the puppies during the day because my Son in law works all day. So I guess I'll get my puppy fix! I can't believe the little varmits can pee, chew and poo so much. I'm exhausted but so happy.
There's a lady at the at the Sr complex that has a parrot. I don't know what kind he is but he is onry. He calls her cat and then sprinkles him with water. "Here kitty,kitty, kitty"
I got my laughs for this morning Chuzzle-
A parrot that spits water on the cat!! Mean, but so dang funny! Sorry!
Marlee- Another puff ball, am so excited for you! And the cowboy hat really did turn out? I was thinking it would be art in a childs eye only kind of thing! These kids are creative, aren't they- I had no idea you could color a dog with sidewalk chalk-
And Sue- a granddog with dregs, any pictures of this?
Oh, and I love cats too, all of you cat lovers- but I am so allergic to them that my throat closes! Yikes-