(Wo)Man's Best Friend

Someone sent me this story complete with pictures of a cute dog!

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 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

Life may not be the party we expected, but while we're here, we may as well dance

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  • Hi Kathleen.

    I just love your story. Thank you so much for posting it.

    Wishing you all good things in 2013.

    Linda xx

  • Hi Kathleen,

    Beautiful...thank you and a timely reminder to me that God is in control (not me) best wishes and many blessings for the new year ahead lots of love x G x :-)

  • Dear Kathleen

    Thanks so much for posting that story. It made me laugh but there's also a really heart-warming story there. I love the resume at the end. A good homily for New Year!

    Wishing everyone a Lucky experience. xxxxx Annie

  • I'm so soft with stories like that it made me cry,in a good way! Thank you posting such a lovely tale, great words for a New Year xxxxx

  • Hi thank you for posting such a lovely story, and so very true. I must admit I do worry about my little Archie as he is my dog through and through, no one could ever love him like I do and vice versa. Like Lucky he is always there for me and know's when I feel down. Love come in many guises and I for one am very grateful.

    A very happy and healthy new year to you!

    Love Linda xxx

  • Hi Everyone!

    Thank you for your comments.

    Yes, isn't it sweet! It really cheered me up and made me turn my thoughts to life rather than the afterlife.

    God bless you all and I also wish you a 'Lucky' and healthy New Year.

    Kathleen :)

  • Thankyou Kathleen for your lovely story, my dogs, usually full of enery and fun,become very quiet and gentle when I feel unwell.

    Thankyou too for your prayers, a warm and loving thought to comfort me.

    God bless you too

    Sue :-)

  • Hi Kathleen you reminded me of the way my Labrador looked after me when I was having chemo. She would sit at the side of my chair just high enough for me to gently stroke her without too much effort. She always seemed to know when to come over to me and when I lay on the couch she would lie beside me. I always attribute my recovery to her. My other dog is a Westie and an airhead and hasn't got a clue. How different our pets are but how wonderful just the same.

    Lucy x

  • Thank you all for your kind comments. I am so pleased that you like the story.

    Bless you all.

    Kathleen xx

  • I was so glad to read that story today: we have spent the morning trying to find a dog from the local rehoming centres. No joy yet but I'm sure it will happen.

    They say dogs are blessed almost with 'second sight' when it comes to their owners illnesses!

    Thank you, Kathleen.

    Anne xx

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