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My sister used to love dressing up our pets in dolls clothes. She’d walk by pushing a baby stroller with our dear little poodle neatly tucked in with blankets, a bonnet on his head, and a fake baby bottle sitting by his side. Nor was our cat able to escape having to wear a dress and sunglasses. She would hold them and pamper them as if they were her own kids, and many times my dad would stare at the dog and say, “Remember, you’re just a dog”, as the little pup looked back at him with eyes that would make your heart melt.
It was all fun and games of course, but pets really do become part of our families. They weave their way into our hearts, into our homes, onto the couch, and eventually into the bed. They become so a part of our lives that they feel like and are true members of the family.
I recently read a news article about a man dying of terminal cancer who was all alone, with no family. Like every morning before, he came downstairs, made his tea and walked to the front porch to get his newspaper; but today was different. This time when he opened the door, a small black and white dog lay curled up on the doormat.

Dog Was There Again

He yelled at the dog and shooed him away, picked up his paper and thought nothing of it again, until the next morning; the dog was there again. This scenario played out for several days.

Needless to say, as time went by the man began to form a bond with this dog, feeding him, grooming him, walking him, and loving him. One day while out on a walk, he saw a missing dog poster pasted to the telephone pole, and in it a picture of the very dog he had come to love. As hard as it was for him to call, he dialed the number and informed an excited family that he had their dog and it was safe.

The family picked up the dog, and as they walked out the door, invited the man over for a dog party the next day at their house. This brief exchange between one family, a dog, and an old sick man, over the next five months grew into something much more than any of them could have expected. And on a dark September night, the man with no family, passed away, ...did I say no family? With his new found family and a dog who loved him, the old man passed away with a smile on his face.

"How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures” (Psalm 104:24).

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