Lily- a few months ago
I am thankful to Todd Wilhelm for this quote.
I am feeling a bit sad today so two short posts are all that I can handle. 12/1/2 years ago, I received a call from a pug rescue group. There had been a puppy mill bust and 50 pugs were found INSIDE a house. Several of the mother pugs had died and there were a few babies who were not yet weaned and needed to be fed puppy formula.
So, I took on Lily when she was 5 weeks old. When I brought her home, I set her down on the grass for a minuted whileI gathered her things. She promptly peed on the grass. I laughed and said “You and I are going to get along just fine!”
Lily was the kindest, most loving, most laid back pug dog I have ever had. All our pugs are rescues who often come from horrific backgrounds, so it takes the time to adjust to the great life we give them at the Parsons’ household. Lily didn’t remember a life of suffering and so was just plain happy.
Lily was by my side when I started this blog. She insisted on sitting next to me (on my left side) while I blogged. She had her special chair and would occasionally rest her head or paw on my leg. I used to talk to her when I was trying to figure out things. I could also tell her secrets, knowing they were safe with her.
A month ago she started acting off. This week I took her to the vet and found out she had two lungs filled with cancer. Sadly, the decision was too easy. On Saturday, surrounded by my husband, daughter and me, she passed gently away thanks to my wonderful veterinarians.
My left side feels strange as I write this because Lily was always there. However, Buttercup has suddenly decided to sit on a cushion on my right side. I tried to put her on the left side but she wouldn’t go there. That will always be Lily’s spot.
I believe we will see out beloved pets in heaven I don’t get how all of the soul stuff works but I do know this. God created them for now and He can recreate them later. We live in a world filled with animals and I find it difficult to believe that there will not be an infinite variety of incredible animals in heaven, which will, of course, include pugs.
We know one thing that never passes away and that is love. I believe that the love we feel for our pets is eternal and they shall grace our eternal lives.
I’ve posted this before but I have to post it again for me. This is from “First Friend,” part of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories. This story dealt with the Adam and Eve in the Garden. How this quote touched my heart!
When the Man waked up he said,
“What is Wild Dog doing here?”
And the Woman said,
“His name is not Wild Dog any more,
but the First Friend,
because he will be our friend
for always and always and always.”
Two years ago, Lily was particularly offended by John Piper and urged me to write the following post: John Piper: Dogs Can Distract You From Giving God Glory. Here are some quotes.
The first thing I would say is: Surely, yes, pets can take up too much of your time and too much of your money,
…So, if your conscience is indicting you for the money you spend or the time you spend combing your dog’s fur or scratching her behind the ears, you should stop, stop. You should get rid of the dog. No pet is worth the damaging of your conscience.
Needless to say, I am in no mood for his nonsense today.