Thursday, July 23, 2009

Dogs on Thursdays...DOT!

Lucky Dog....

Anyone who has pets will really like this. You'll like it even if you don't and you may even decide you need one!Mary and her husband Jim had a dog named 'Lucky.' Lucky was a real character. Whenever Mary and Jim had company come for a weekend visit they would warn their friends to not leave their luggage open because Lucky would help himself to whatever struck his fancy... Inevitably, someone would forget and something would come up missing.
Mary or Jim would go to Lucky's toy box in the basement and there the treasure would be, amid all of Lucky's other favorite toys Lucky always stashed his finds in his toy box and he was very particular that his toys stay in the box..It happened that Mary found out she had breast cancer. Something told her she was going to die of this disease....in fact; she was just sure it was fatal.She scheduled the double mastectomy, fear riding her shoulders. The night before she was to go to the hospital she cuddled with Lucky. A thought struck her...what would happen to Lucky? Although the three-year-old dog liked Jim, he was Mary's dog through and through. If I die, Lucky will be abandoned, Mary thought. He won't understand that I didn't want to leave him! The thought made her sadder than thinking of her own death.The double mastectomy was harder on Mary than her doctors had anticipated and Mary was hospitalized for over two weeks. Jim took Lucky for his evening walk faithfully, but the little dog just drooped, whining and miserable.Finally the day came for Mary to leave the hospital. When she arrived home, Mary was so exhausted she couldn't even make it up the steps to her bedroom. Jim made his wife comfortable on the couch and left her to nap Lucky stood watching Mary but he didn't come to her when she called. It made Mary sad but sleep soon overcame her and she dozed.

When Mary woke for a second she couldn't understand what was wrong. She couldn't move her head and her body f felt heavy and hot. But panic soon gave way to laughter when Mary realized the problem. She was covered, literally blanketed, with every treasure Lucky owned! While she had slept, the sorrowing dog had made trip after trip to the basement bringing his beloved mistress all his favorite things in life.He had covered her with his love. Mary forgot about dying. Instead she and Lucky began living again, walking further and further together every day. It's been 12 years now and Mary is still cancer-free. Lucky He still steals treasures and stashes them in his toy box but Mary remains his greatest treasure.
Remember....live every day to the fullest. Each minute is a blessing from God. And never forget....the people who make a difference in our lives are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care for us.If you see someone without a smile today give them one of yours! Live simply. Love seriously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.


I was emailed this the other day and thought what a great way to spread it would be on a dogs on Thursday post. I don't know who Lucky is but I'm sure there are tons of Lucky's out there. It's been researched how animals are beneficial for healing and longer life. That is one reason there are therapy dogs out there that visit hospitals and assisted living facilities. The unconditional love of an animal is one of God's greatest gifts!
Give your dog/cat/critter a hug today and visit all the wonderful DOT sites!

7 comments:

Channon said...

I LOVE that story, and that's only the second time I've seen it.

Mindy said...

Between the story about Lucky and the dance tribute video, your post today had me in tears! Both were beautiful.

Charli and me said...

What a beautiful and heart felt post. I loved it! Happy DOT ♥

Sue said...

Animals make us lives so much better in so many ways.

Sonya said...

Oh my goodness! Another shinning example how wonderful dogs.

fiberdoodles said...

I love this story! Thank you for sharing it.

Happy DOT,
Sharon

Tina. said...

Thank you for sharing that story. I had never heard it before. It made me cry. What a beautiful example of how much our dogs treasure us! We should be sure to treasure them that much as well!