Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Me and You and a Dog Named Boo

God gave my husband, John, and me a little angel fourteen years ago. Instead of wings she had white fluffy hair all over her body and her name was Boo.

She was an energetic and playful puppy most of her life. She loved for us to chase her around the house and yard. She loved sun bathing on the deck or at our favorite Lake Almanor campsite. When we took her for walks on warm summer days, she would lie down at the edge of the water and enjoy the waves splashing over her.

Every day at five o’clock whether we were at home in Carmichael, California or camping in our motor home, Boo went to her chair and barked. This was our special family time of conversation and cocktails before dinner. Boo didn’t care about conversation or cocktails. She waited impatiently for her treats.

Boo brought John and me exceeding love, joy and companionship. She was a great part of our family. She loved the grandchildren and company, but only for a little while. When she had enough she would escape into a closet and we often called her out closet dog.

Some day I want to be the wonderful person Boo thought I was and love as unconditionally as she did. Through her example I learned to worship and wait on the Lord in a more reverent manner.

Our hearts broke the more we saw Boo’s health failing. At the end she had a stubborn kidney infection and she was blind. To complicate matters, she began to have seizures. John and I and Boo’s doctor did all we could for her but she never recovered from the last seizure. We had to say goodbye to our precious pal but she lives in our memories. John barks at five o’clock, but he hasn’t started chasing me around the house—yet.

God gave us a wonderful vision of Jesus holding Boo in his arms where it is always five o’clock and He gives her treats.

Will We see Boo in Heaven?
I hope so. God created animals before people and He preserved each species through the flood during Noah’s time. A golden age is coming when we will live in harmony with all creation. “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them” (Isaiah 11:6, New International Version).

Thank you, Lord, for the awesome blessing of Boo. We miss her terribly and ask for your comfort and healing. Amen.


Dianne E. Butts said...

Beautiful, Sue. I'm missing Boo, too.

Sue Tornai said...

Thank you, Dianne, for your wonderful friendship. It means so much, especially in times like this.