Sunday, November 2, 2008

A Dog Lover's Story

Jack_Russell_Terrier Lucky Dog....
Anyone who has pets will really like this. You'll like it even if you don't have a pet!
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 feel 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.
(I received this in an email today, and can't properly give credit to the author of "Lucky", but I want to say my thank you now.... It touched me deeply)

7 comments:

Dolly's Diary November 2, 2008 at 8:32 PM  

Hi Kat,
Thanks for sharing this story, it brought tears to my eyes. People should focus on what are true treasures are in this life. Our loved ones.
Take Care,
Janet :)

Anna November 2, 2008 at 10:23 PM  

Awwww! I have a lovely 85-pound fur-baby that saved me from grief after my mom died!

KAT November 3, 2008 at 7:28 PM  

Thank you for your comments! This story really touched me, and I couldn't resist posting it. Pets are so loving and helpful, and I think this story shows just how much!

Take care, and thanks again!

rkdsign88 November 7, 2008 at 7:33 PM  

Wow, thank you for sharing this story. Kat, you have given another award please check http://rkdsign88.blogspot.com/
Please don't get confuse, there are two awards that I posted, thank you.

KAT November 8, 2008 at 10:00 AM  

Thank you so much for my award! I am thrilled! :)

Triz Designs November 8, 2008 at 11:29 PM  

this is such a lovely story! I'm a huge dog lover myself and the story really touched my heart!

Swapna November 9, 2008 at 11:55 PM  

Wow.. that was sooo touching... thanks for sharing

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