May 21, 2007

Our Fur Children

Our fur children are special. The minute they come into our lives; our lives are changed forever! Adopting a pet is a "big" responsibility. It means you've made a commitment to this creature. In good times and in hard times, we choose to love them and protect them. We are called to be good stewarts of God's creation, and our pets are no exception. They need us. They depend on us. They are entrusted to us by the Lord God Almighty. So, take good care of your fur babies, because God is depending on you to be a good and faithful steward.

May 20, 2007

Salute the Dogs Who Salute Our Wounded Soldiers Benefit

Losing a precious pet isn't easy! I know because I lost my precious little dog on August 4, 2003. This year, it'll be four years that our precious Sappy went to Heaven with God. Sappy touched my life in a big way. God used him to teach me unconditional love and patience. I believe that God gives certain dogs, like people, the gift of comfort and mercy. He uses people and doggies to bring comfort to the hurting.

Have you every heard of therapy dogs? If so, you know that these canines are very special. They are trained and certified dogs who visit the elderly in nursing homes; they also visit children in hospitals and shelters; and they visit our wounded soldiers.

On June 27, a special fundraiser event is scheduled to benefit the Penny's From Heaven Foundation. This pet therapy ministry reaches out to our wonded soldiers. These highly trained dogs provide comfort, mercy and lots of love to our United States service men and women. It's a very good cause. Hope to see you there. (See attached invitation) --

Our Monthly Gatherings: Reaching our pet parent community!

The SAPPY Pet Loss & Grief Support Group will now hold its monthly gatherings at various locations to reach more pet parents in need of support. We will continue to gather once a month, on the 4th Tuesday of each month, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This schedule is expected to change from once a month to twice a month, as needed. We will monitor the need, as we receive calls and e-mails from our pet parent community. Stay tuned.

Support Group Schedule 2007:
April 24
May 22
June 26
July 24
August 28
September 25
October 23
November 27
December 25 *
*(Will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Christmas Day)
Thank you and may God richly bless you.

All Creatures- Great and Small!

The other day I was looking into the eyes of my precious doggie Scooter, and realized that he's precious in the eyes of God. Scooter's innocense and purity are because of God. He's God's little creature and everything that God creates is good. So, your little dog, cat, or whatever creature you have at home as a pet is precious to God. It's amazing how God creates every single creature on the face of this earth differently. There is no creature that is exactly the same. God creates them with their own uniqueness and beauty. I believe God created them because He wanted for us to see His splendor and majesty; and He desires for us to respect what He has created, especially our pets. We are called to be good stewards of all things on earth, and that certainly includes the animals. God entrusted you with the pet in your home. I believe that's the reason we grieve so much when they pass away. We take the best care of them and we miss them. They become part of our daily lives. But, there's hope in every tear you shed. There's hope in Christ. God gives us the strength to press-on and He gives us the strength to live the next day without them in our homes. Our pets aren't gone, they've just moved closer into our hearts!
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