Did you know that lots of animal shelters have lots of older cats and dogs that will probably never get adopted? It’s pretty sad. Think about it. When most people want a new pet, they look for puppies and kittens, all the cute, younger ones. But what about the older ones? Will they have to spend the rest of their lives in a animal shelter? Will they never know what it’s like to come home? Will they never know what it’s like to be loved? Puppies and kittens do have a special place in our hearts, but older animals need love too. This has been on my mind ever since I found out about it. I want to adopt a older dog someday, but what about you? Will you love and care for a dog or cat that really wants to know what a home is? Doing this is one way to take care of God’s creation. Don’t forget, “Even a child is known by his doings.”
Last month, early in November, my beloved dog, Koa, was hit by a car. That was one horrid Sunday night for our family. After weeks of tears and loneliness, on December 4, we drove for two hours up to North Carolina in order to buy ourselves a new puppy. His name is Cocoa.
It was a long trip, but totally worth it. Cocoa is a super-sweet chocolate lab/beagle mix. He is five months old, and since we don’t know his actual birthday, we officially made it July 4th. Unfortunately, when we brought him home, we discovered he was stocked full of fleas and worms. Tuesday, we took him to the vet. He is feeling much better, and therefore his puppy instincts are kicking in. He has destroyed one cardboard box, a pair of my favorite shoes, two Nerf gun bullets, and gone to the bathroom once in the house (but only once). He’s doing well for a 5 month old! We prayed for a special new puppy, and God has provided the perfect one!