Today we added another dog to our family. If you didn't know, we consider our home to be something of a rescue for old doggies or for those who suffered trauma in their lives and just need a loving and understanding home. We do not foster, we keep them until the very end. We've had many of the years, all of them with their own stories to tell. But since they can't tell their own stories, we tell them for them.
Today we picked up Cookie, a female chocolate lab with dwarfism, which, if you didn't know, is rather common for labs. It just means her legs are shorter than a regular lab, but it can also cause some pain and other health issues as she ages. Cookie was a victim of a puppy mill; forced to breed over and over again in her young life of only 4 years. She is safe now with us and can begin healing and relaxing and becoming the kind of dog that we believe all dogs should be: the kind that lay on the couch and sleep in bed with us and get ice cream on their birthdays and have a yard to run around in and get walks everyday. She brings our current number of dogs up to 5, which is pretty much our limit since our house is rather small.
Bringing healing into the world and manifesting Christ in this world means more than just seeing clients. It means truly giving to other selflessly. It means even giving to animals in need, because some animals like dogs simply cannot care for themselves, and so need our love to help them live their best lives.