Love is the Key

This season of my life has been hard. I lost my best pup the beginning of November and then came to the close of semester as I wrapped up caring for our youngest grand daughter.

I was grieving. Big time. I had cared for our granddaughters for the most of the last five years of my life. I knew I wouldn’t do it forever but I had no idea how it would impact me.

I am relieved in many ways since I am a Grandma and not of childbearing age. But the loss was great to me. I actually fell onto a bit of depression and anxiety.

It would come and go and I would cry out to my God to take this from me.

Well, after a few days of intense cold and ice outside that caused us to stay indoors for the most part, I was a mess. Crying and sadness were overcoming me. I cried out to God again and the very day – yesterday – the sun (or shall I say Son ) shined bright in my heart.

We adopted a puppy. Whoever thinks animal therapy is nonsense is very wrong. It may not be for everyone but it is for me!

A friend of mine had an unexpected guest show up at her house in the fall. A pregnant dog who appeared to have had some abuse. Naturally she took her in and cared for her. The sweetest terrier mix with a great personality. She birthed the pups of many colors and I considered taking one when they were of the proper age.

Well, the sweet momma went and got ran over. So sad. She left about six or so pups orphaned but fortunately, they were eating puppy mash at that time.

Because of their orphan state I decided we would take one in a few weeks. I picked the one I wanted. I was still apprehensive until I received a text yesterday saying that there was concern about them being left alone all day in their ever energetic state of puppyhood. Can I take him now?

Of course! I jumped into action. Cleaned the crate and mopped the floors and sent the hubby to the store for puppy chow and replacement milk.

Funny thing is……… all my anxiety symptoms vanished. I came home yesterday evening with a sweet bundle of fur and puppy breath. He needed me.

But more than him needing me….. I needed him. My prayers were answered. Never underestimate the power of prayer. The answers come in many shapes and sizes. Mine came in a bundle of furry mutt that looks like he rolled in a few colors of paint.

I am so thankful. And now, without further adieu…… meet Teddy Roosevelt, the new brother of George Bailey……. Enjoy!

Cate B

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28 thoughts on “Love is the Key

  1. Aww, Foggy Nelson, be still my heart.
    Cate, this brought tears to my eyes, I can so relate, on so many levels. Winter for me is ALWAYS very heard and this past year has been rife with lots of pain and challenges.
    So glad you now have a new friend.
    God’s Blessings to you!!

  2. oh my goodness!!! how sweet is little foggy nelson!! i’m so happy for you guys!! what a wonderful addition to your family…he is ADORABLE!!!!!! i’m sure you guys will have lots of fun together…nothing like the sweetness of puppy breath and puppy kisses to keep your heart healthy and happy!!
    sooooooooo happy for you….glad George is such a good dog and easily accepts the new kid on the block!!
    have a blast Cate, the boys will keep you happy for sure!
    xxx

  3. What a little face Cate!! So glad for you– and for him to find your good home. And thankful for the joy he’s brought after some anxious times. Love how you wrote answered prayer comes in all shapes and sizes. Happy tail wags and puppy chow!! love you friend. xo

  4. Oh Cate! You are so sweet! I didn’t know you’d been going through this hard stuff. You just naturally brighten the places you go, and it’s easy to imagine everything is nothing but sunny. But I sit here with a lump in my throat, so delighted how God has kissed your heart. Thanks for sharing ❤

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