SHOW US YOUR PETS!!!

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Postby mrwatch » Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:57 am

I like this.
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Re: SHOW US YOUR PETS!!!

Postby Mumbleypeg » Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:11 pm

Our Labrador, Gracie, was a faithful friend and companion. One of the most sweet and gentle creatures God ever created - the only time I ever even heard her growl was when there was a coyote or stray dog around. Gracie rode along or followed me everywhere she could. If I did not confine her, or drive off the ranch property without her, she was right there with me. When I returned she was the first to run out and greet me. She was just happy being where I was, watching whatever I was doing ("supervising" my wife said). :lol: In the evenings she sat beside my chair - I couldn't even make a trip to the kitchen or the bathroom without her escort. My wife always laughingly said there was no doubt who Gracie worshiped. :lol:

In the current (January/February 2019) issue of Ducks Unlimited magazine is an article by Doug Larsen titled "The Contract". Larsen says:
We enter into a difficult contract when we pick up our new puppy. We know we are signing up to get our hearts broken in 10, or if we are lucky, perhaps 15 years.


For me that day has come again. Gracie was diagnosed recently with cancer. She had a large inoperable tumor on her liver. As her liver failed she accumulated fluid in her abdomen, began to tire quickly and had trouble breathing. Through it all she remained alert and tried her best to keep up with me as she had always done. A lot slower to get where I was, but eventually always there. Her days as a hunting companion and gundog ended several years ago when she began to have difficulty getting into, and out of places hunting dogs need to go.

Two days ago I had been working in the shop until near dark. When I left the shop to put up the chickens and walk to the house she was there. When I got to the house it was dark. Normally Gracie would have been right with me to go into the house, but she was nowhere to be found. I called her. She did not come. Retracing my steps I found her lying under a cedar tree between the shop and the chicken house. She just was too tired to go on. I got her up and back into the house. Yesterday we took her to the vet again. Nothing more to be done for her and not wanting her to suffer (or fall victim to coyotes), we made that difficult decision. She would have been 14 years old this summer.

She's now retrieving ducks, and waiting for me. I don't know if there are dogs in heaven - I prefer to think there are. I hope to see Gracie again some day.

Ken

Gracie doing what she loved:
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Ranch work and training a new pup:
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"Lap dog" :lol:
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Re: SHOW US YOUR PETS!!!

Postby Steve Warden » Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:29 pm

Sorry for your loss Ken. She's a beautiful pup (I don't care how old a pup is, they're a pup 'till they pass).

Ken, you said you don't know if she'll be in heaven, but I found and hold onto this about our sheltie Rio.

The Holy Spirit is giving John a glimpse of the Throne Room of Heaven, and he writes in Revelation 5:13 New King James Version (NKJV)...

13 And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying:

“Blessing and honor and glory and power
Be to Him who sits on the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”

Not only are our pets (every creature) in heaven, but we'll be able to understand them!

Could I be true? I certainly pray it is!!
Take care and God bless,

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Re: SHOW US YOUR PETS!!!

Postby jmh58 » Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:41 pm

Ken.. I am so sorry for your loss.. It is a real tough thing to go thru.. Our thoughts and prayers..
And don't worry as Gracie is waiting you..
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Postby samb1955 » Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:22 pm

Steve Warden wrote:Sorry for your loss Ken. She's a beautiful pup (I don't care how old a pup is, they're a pup 'till they pass).

Ken, you said you don't know if she'll be in heaven, but I found and hold onto this about our sheltie Rio.

The Holy Spirit is giving John a glimpse of the Throne Room of Heaven, and he writes in Revelation 5:13 New King James Version (NKJV)...

13 And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying:

“Blessing and honor and glory and power
Be to Him who sits on the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”

Not only are our pets (every creature) in heaven, but we'll be able to understand them!

Could I be true? I certainly pray it is!!

I hope so too, couple dogs that I really miss. After putting one down the vet sent me a card saying after I cross the rainbow bridge they will be waiting there to greet me. I really hope so!

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Re: SHOW US YOUR PETS!!!

Postby treefarmer » Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:26 pm

Ken,
That's is a wonderful biography of your special pup, Gracie! I understand very well the "contract" you mentioned. Our Ausssidor, 1/2 Choc Lab and 1/2 red merle Australian, adores Miss Joy. Like Gracie she moves from room to room with my wife, always in the way. She is almost 8 now and has finally gotten out of the playful puppy stag! We know that day is coming that you just experienced but like you we are thankful for such loyal companionship, human friends could take a few notes. I'm reminded of the comedy segment with Mark Lowry, "Dogs go to heaven" and I'm not prepared to debate that issue theologically. There are some well known biblical scholars on both sides of that particular fence. ::hmm::
Life goes on with great memories of special critters that God has allowed to be in our lives over the years.
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Re: SHOW US YOUR PETS!!!

Postby philco » Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:18 pm

Ken I'm sorry for your loss. It's never an easy thing to do, but you did the right thing at the right time.
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Re: SHOW US YOUR PETS!!!

Postby carrmillus » Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:42 pm

.............very hard for me to read these posts, I've been thru this many times...............

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Re: SHOW US YOUR PETS!!!

Postby orvet » Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:43 pm

Ken, I'm sorry about Gracie. I know when I posted about Josi in the Mostly True Stories you said Gracie had a limited time left then.I am sorry your time of being blessed by Gracie's companionship has ended. Even if there are other dogs or if there will be other dogs in your life, Gracie will always have your heart.

You said you prefer to think that there are dogs in heaven, but you didn't know for sure.
I have pondered that question a lot this past year, losing Josi last month in December and we lost her sire at the beginning of last year.
When I read my Bible it tells me after everything God created He said it was good. God was happy with the things that he created, they were good and I don't read of any account in the Bible where dogs sinned. I see no reason why dogs would not be in heaven.
That's not a doctrinal or theological statement, that's just something I believe. There are some things we have to take on faith.

God bless you my friend, I know it's not easy.
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Re: SHOW US YOUR PETS!!!

Postby steve99f » Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:44 pm

Loosing a member of the family is tough Ken, sorry for your loss. She'll be waiting for you.
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Postby Sharpnshinyknives » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:07 pm

Steve Warden wrote:Sorry for your loss Ken. She's a beautiful pup (I don't care how old a pup is, they're a pup 'till they pass).

Ken, you said you don't know if she'll be in heaven, but I found and hold onto this about our sheltie Rio.

The Holy Spirit is giving John a glimpse of the Throne Room of Heaven, and he writes in Revelation 5:13 New King James Version (NKJV)...

13 And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying:

“Blessing and honor and glory and power
Be to Him who sits on the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”

Not only are our pets (every creature) in heaven, but we'll be able to understand them!

Could I be true? I certainly pray it is!!


Ken, I am truely sorry for your loss. These stories about dogs always bring me to tears.
For many years I preached that there wouldn’t be animals in heaven. Then one day a teenage boy asked me, if there no animals in heaven then why is Jesus described by John as coming back on white horse? How had I missed that all those years? I know there will at the least be horses, so why not dogs? Cats can stay out however.
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Re: SHOW US YOUR PETS!!!

Postby Mumbleypeg » Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:56 pm

Thanks everyone for the sympathy and understanding, and the encouragement. I have buried several dogs. Parting with them is always difficult, more so by far than other animals it seems to me.

We still have Mazie, who is also a great dog and has many of Gracie's same traits and may be even smarter, so we're not without canine companionship. Here's a picture of the two of them that I took last fall when Gracie was still healthy. That's Mazie on the bottom.

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Re: SHOW US YOUR PETS!!!

Postby peanut740 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:17 am

Sorry for your loss Ken.I know your pain.
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Re: SHOW US YOUR PETS!!!

Postby FRJ » Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:25 am

I'm sorry about the loss of your dog, Ken. I have lost a few some years ago.

Gracie was a real sweetheart that's for sure.
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Postby zoogirl » Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:09 am

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Aw, I’m sorry to hear that. She was a beautiful pup! I had a cancer scare with my 12 year old cat last spring. Fortunately they got it all, but I dread the day something else catches up with him. My sympathies.

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