So Long To Our Furry Friend

On Friday morning we awoke to find that our beloved friend and pet, Gretta, had died in her sleep. Gretta was our dog of nearly ten years and not a truer friend could one find. Yet, though our heart breaks at her absence we see God’s hand. Gretta was the kind of pet that we needed. She was patient, waiting for a busy family to come home. She let us know how much she missed us when we were away. When I’d take business trips she would wag her tail and give a bit of a cry when I returned. I felt her love – even during those times when I didn’t feel very lovely or loving. When Gretta became sick we decided that we would not try to prolong her life if it meant diminished quality. So God, in God’s loving way, simply let her drift off to sleep. The decision was made. And though our hearts ache, we know that having to make a decision would have been even harder. God is a burden-bearer and I am grateful that the burden of a difficult decision was born by God and not our family.

Some may wonder why the loss of a pet can be so devastating and think that we are just a bit over the top. And, there are certainly others that would wonder why I had to get “spiritual” about it and bring God into the picture. As a Christian, as a minister, I believe that God cares about anything I care about. The scripture teaches that every good and perfect gift comes from God. Gretta was a good, perfect gift to our family. She helped a teenager through trying teenage years by unwavering love. Her presence brought each of us happiness. When we would have been too busy to stop and just enjoy life, Gretta would remind us by insisting on a walk or a belly rub. In her gentle way, she reminded us that simple touches were necessary. Touching her reminded us to touch each other and to be still long enough to allow God to touch us. That had to make God smile. I thank God for the nearly ten years that this furry face looked into my eyes. I thank God for the many lessons I’ve learned just by having her in our lives.Gretta

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3 Responses

  1. I’m so sorry to hear about Sam. I know how difficult this can be. We had already decided that if Gretta needed major medical work we would have to let her go. We weren’t going to pay the money or drag her along. I thank God that he didn’t make us have to actually do it, though we were prepared. Our neighbor had her dog put to sleep. It was difficult but she hasn’t regretted it.

    love you.

  2. wow….sam is sick. =( I took him to the vet yesterday. he has 2 torn doggy ACLs. 750 each leg for a temporary fix. 2500 each leg for a permanent fix. u know what we r tryin to do rite now. we r torn. I thank God for His grace towards Greta and u. so you wouldnt have to see her suffer. pray for us as we seek God on what to do.

  3. really good one and thanks for it.

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