Wednesday, May 11, 2011


I heard the fear in her voice before she told me the problem. She had just received a call from the Vet telling her about several tumors they found during surgery on her little dog.
Those of you who aren't dog lovers will not understand this blog today. For those of you, who are like me, feel they aren't "just" pets, but members of your family.
My heart ached for my friend. She's many miles away and waiting for another phone call. We have been friends for more years than I can remember. She is one of a group of my friends that Ellen Miller (Inspiration for Girlfriends) calls "refrigerator friends". She can come to my house and feel comfortable enough to open the fridge and say, "what's to eat?"
She asked me if I thought it was okay to ask me to pray for her little dog. I said, of course, she's "family".
We have a special bond, a friendship that has lasted for so many years. We call each other during happy or sad times.
Jesus is my "go to" friend. The one I lean on in sad times or happy times. He's the one I "call" when I'm happy. I feel His arms around me when I am sad.  
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. 
Early in the morning as I sit, waiting for the sun to come up, I feel His presence. Warming me, just like the sun (son).
Thanks for Coming over. 


Joylene Butler said...

I'm grieving the loss of my best friend, my cat Buster passed away May 1st. I was only able to tell my neighbour on Monday without crying. I absolutely adored Buster and did everything I could to mend him. His kidney's were shutting down. I even got some medicine from a Traditional Chinese medicine doctor. Even now I can't think about him without crying.

Lovely post, Katt. Thanks!

Kathryn Neff Perry said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Joy. It hurts so much. My girlfriend said this morning, "I don't know how you do it. Over the years you have lost so many pets, but you still get another one."
When something happens to one of my pets, my heart is absolutely broken. But Bailey and Meko are worth it. I know someday I'll have to give them up, but for now I love them to pieces.
Buster was so lucky to have you!
And so am I!
Love you

Carol J. Garvin said...

I'm one of those whose pets are considered members of the family, so my heart aches with yours for your friend's situation. I've had so many special canine companions through the years and the pain each time one leaves us is excruciating. There's is nothing anyone can do to alleviate the loss, but from experience I know that it's a consolation to have an understanding friend.

Now I'm off to check on Joylene. I didn't know she'd lost Buster. :(

Kathryn Neff Perry said...

You are the "understanding friend" Joylene needs right now. Give her a hug from me too.
Someone said to me one day, "I can't believe you are so upset, he was only a dog."
Wow, little did she know.....

Joylene Butler said...

Buster's death prompted me to question why I'm so upset, considering he was suffering and I was selfishly prolonging his pain. After much contemplation, I believe part of the problem is I lost my mother October 1999 and then my faithful dog Sammy November 1999. It's remarkable how God's mercy works. My mum dies, Sammy dies and into my life walks this stray cat Buster who loved me so much I was able to bath him, blow dry his fur, squirt liquid medicine down his throat, and brush his teeth without so much as a meow.

Thanks Carol and Katt. You're both the best.

Joylene Butler said...

for some reason it doubled my comment ...

Kathryn Neff Perry said...

Even in sorrow you can make me laugh. How in the world you were able to do all those things to Buster is amazing to me. My cat used to scream if I even THOUGHT about giving her a bath. She could "do it herself"!
I'm sure you are right about your Mom and Sammy. Wow---what a blow that must have been!
Love you!