This blog today is for my dear friends Ford and Elizabeth, and for all of us who have lost a part of our hearts at the passing of a beloved pet.
Genesis 1:28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
In the beginning of time God created animals, all kinds, and gave man dominion over them. God made these creatures, big and small, with feelings and senses that we don’t have. Some have the ability to sense when storms are coming, others have incredible eyesight, giving them the ability to see minute things from far distances. Found among these beasts God created are the furry little cherubs we affectionately refer to as dogs and cats (or our babies).
In my opinion cats and dogs are a special gift from God because of their unique intrinsic characteristics. Experts say owning a dog or cat improves our quality of health and the longevity of our lives. They are known to bring blood pressure down and slow a persons heart rate. They can sense when we are ill before we can. Some cats and dogs can detect and alert a person before they are about to have a seizure, protecting them from certain danger. They can detect various other diseases and disorders as well.
Besides the aforementioned qualities, our furry little cherubs provide us with unconditional 24/7 love. They don’t seem to care if we are too tired to play with them, or in a bad mood. Unlike our human counterparts they don’t get mad at us when we work too hard or are late putting dinner on the table (even theirs). They are always excited to see us and to be with us. Our hairy friends can provide us hours of entertainment by just chasing their own tails, trying to catch crabs on a beach, playing with stuffed animals and squeaky toys, or just being silly like innocent little children can be.
That’s what they really are isn’t it? Little children. It has been said that a full grown dog or cat has the mental capacity of a two year old child. They are like toddlers that never ever grow up. They cock their head to one side and look up at us with those big angelic eyes as if to say, “Take care of me please.” Maybe that’s what makes them so endearing or perhaps why we are so often talking to them in “baby talk”. Whatever it is they are just so darn cute!
They ask for so little and they give us so much. When we are sad, they sense it and stand by our side. They will defend us if they think an enemy is about to attack (real or imagined). They are better than a best friend. They never tell our secrets or leave us hanging. Some say they make the best bed fellas!
The down side to giving our heart away to our pet is that their life on earth is relatively short in human terms and the gut wrenching grief that follows is almost inconsolable.
Proverbs12:10 The righteous man takes care of the needs of his animals.
God gave man the ability to choose whether to give or to take, to love or to hate. When God gave us dominion over these animals that can give love and feel pain, we have the same choice. I think He entrusted these innocent creatures to us so in learning how to treat them, (who love us regardless) we may better learn how to love one another.
So…when our dear little ones become old and sick, we have it in our power to meet their greatest need… their need to go. It is the kindest but most difficult thing we will ever do because it is so final. The decision made…we know it’s best. One minute they are with us and the next they are gone. They are gone from our arms. They are gone from our watchful eye. They are gone from our care, and gone from our life. In our mercy, the mercy granted to us by God’s hand, we have given our little friend their peace.We have acted selflessly by letting them go.
Will we see them again? Only God knows that secret. But in regards to heaven, 1 Corinthians 2:9 says, No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived, what God has prepared for those that love him.
I can only imagine….
So here’s to the Gators, Smokeys, Butterscotchs, Bear Cats and Satins, and all the other furry cherubs that have brought us so much happiness. In our hearts and memories, you will always be there…chasing squirrels and jumping at the air. Even in your death you bring healing as we learn how to console one another. Thank you for teaching us how to love, give and care.
You will always be missed!