Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Dogs Leave Pawprints On Our Hearts

I finally have a chance to give you an update after my last post. . . .

You, my readers, know how upset Chris was about losing his puppy. For the last two weeks, Chris had been grieving the loss of Brutus and my heart was broken because I missed him too. I wanted to "fix" it and even bought another puppy last week for Chris. But we ended up taking it back. Chris appreciated the fact that I wanted to make him feel better but he just wasn't ready for another dog. So, he decided to wait until next year to get another puppy from Riga when we bred her again . . . (and we had been trying to breed her for 4 years just so Chris could have a dog from her.)

Anyway, on Thursday night Steve came into the kitchen with a shocked look on his face. He always scares me when he has "that look." I thought it was more bad news but that wasn't the case. Steve said that he had just gotten off the phone with a lady who had bought one of our puppies two months ago. She has been ill and had been in and out of the hospital and couldn't take care of her new dog. He was too big for her to handle and was disrupting her household. Apparently, he was carrying her small dogs and cats around in his mouth! So, she called us to see if we would help her find a new home for him . . .

Steve asked me what I thought. After I had a chance to process what he had just told me, I told him that God was answering prayer! And that it would be up to Chris to decided if he wanted to help this lady out. . .

AND GUESS WHO WENT AND GOT HIM??? CHRIS! He drove out to the lady's house on Friday night after he got off work. When he got out of the car, this puppy ran up to him and jumped on him and licked his face. The lady said that he had never done that with anyone before. The puppy was really happy to see Chris and seemed to remember him. The lady was sad to see him go but when Chris told her about Brutus, she just hugged him and said that she was glad that she could help.

This puppy was the one with the "blue" collar and it was the other puppy Chris was considering when he was trying to choose his dog. He told me that this was the closest thing to having Brutus back. His name is Gus and he has bonded well with Chris. He knows he belongs to Chris and follows him everywhere, sleeps with him, and lays by his feet.

Even I couldn't "fix" the situation for Chris. Only God could and would do this. "We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. " (Romans 8:28)


"Blue" (Gus) at 2 weeks

So, meet Gus!

Isn't he beautiful? He looks just like his mother, only he has a white spot on his chest. He is so sweet and good natured. He is a little rambuctious but with love, attention, & discipline he'll be fine. We love him already and are glad to have him back in our family again. Isn't that the best news?!!!

P.S. He's already chewed up this carpet in the picture. . .*sigh*

6 comments:

Jennifer said...

Laurie...Gus is adorable! My parents' dog's name is Gus, too...they named him after Augustus McRae on Lonesome Dove...rofl! I think he's a blessing, don't you?? What a cutie...even if he IS a handful!!! Tell Chris I'm THRILLED for him!!! *hugs*

Laurie said...

Yes, Gus is truly a blessing and gift from God!

Abbie said...

Awwwh! Gus was just meant to be. He is such a handsome little boy!!

Shari said...

God works in mysterious ways. I'm glad that Gus is in your son's life again. I am happy for him.

Guess what? I just brought our baby home!! She's a 13-week-old purebred black Lab. Yay!! She's gorgeous. She's chewing on everything. We keep her confined to the kitchen only. No rugs in there. Dogs are great. I guess her name's going to be Midnight. I lost the name game. LOL.

I'm glad things worked out for you guys. :)

Ruth said...

Hi Laurie! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I thought I'd return the visit! Your puppy story is quite touching. I'm so sorry your first puppy was lost, but how neat that you have the brother! God is good. Even the "little" details matter.

Hetha said...

This was so heartwarming, so happy for you guys!