Tuesday, May 19, 2009

MARY'S LUCKY DOG

Hey Hounders,
Someone sent us this story and we have no idea if it is fact or fiction; or even who the author is. It really doesn't matter though because we think that it's a very nice story and it's the thought that counts. It's probably one that's been floating around for a long time but it won't hurt to post it again for reading. Dad says to tell y'all that Radar is doing great. He put a heating pad inside his bed tonight because it's colder than normal, not below freezing, and the detached garage isn't heated. It's insulated so it should be comfortable for Radar with the heating pad. Well, here's the story about Mary's Lucky 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 was 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. A small request; all you are asked to do is keep this circulating.

Dear God, I pray for the cure of cancer. Amen. All you are asked to do is keep this circulating, even if it is only to one more person, in memory of anyone you know that has been struck down by cancer or is still fighting their battle."

Now wasn't that a nice story. Pets can be very comforting in times of stress. People who think that dogs can't show love or affection or that they can't communicate have most likely never shared their lives with a companion pet.
- The Bumpass Hounds and Kitties

6 comments:

Tracey and Huffle said...

People who don't know about love from dogs have either been very deprived, or don't deserve a dog.

Huffle Mawson

DCampy34 said...

I have read this several times - and it touches me everytime - not to mention the music on your blog makes me cry all by itself - thanx for caring enough to post this.

Debo and the bully brats

Gus said...

This is one of muzzer's favorite stories, and she leaks a bit each time she reads it. She and Dad have told me how good Nigel was when she came home after her operation! (lots of times, she had told me) and that he didn't leave her side for almost a week, and never touched anywhere near her bandages, even though he was an "equal opportunity" bouncer.

gussie d

Suzuki said...

Mummy is leaking now :(
Big licks to you
Suzuki
xxx

Tank said...

This is the first time I've read this story. I must admit, I was choking back the tears. Thank you for sharing it. Woof, Tank

Maggie and Mitch said...

We've read this story before and each and every time we smile through tears! It's a wonderful story and needs to be told again and again! Thank you!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

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