Monday, March 08, 2010

A Dog Named Lucky


Posted by Picasa

Anyone who has pets will really like this. You'll like it even if you don't and you may even decide you need one!

Mary and her husband Jim had a dog named 'Lucky.'

Lucky was a real character. Whenever Mary and Jim had company come for a weekend visit they would warn their friends to not leave their luggage open because Lucky would help himself to whatever struck his fancy. Inevitably, someone would forget and something would come up missing.

Mary or Jim would go to Lucky's toy box in the basement and there the treasure would be, amid all of Lucky's other favorite toys Lucky always stashed his finds in his toy box and he was very particular that his toys stay in the box.

It happened that Mary found out she had breast cancer. Something told her she was going to die of this fact; she was just sure it was fatal.

She scheduled the double mastectomy, fear riding her shoulders. The night before she was to go to the hospital she cuddled with Lucky. A thought struck her...what would happen to Lucky? Although the three-year-old dog liked Jim, he was Mary's dog through and through. If I die, Lucky will be abandoned, Mary thought. He won't understand that I didn't want to leave him! The thought made her sadder than thinking of her own death.

The double mastectomy was harder on Mary than her doctors had anticipated and Mary was hospitalized for over two weeks. Jim took Lucky for his evening walk faithfully, but the little dog just drooped, whining and miserable.

Finally the day came for Mary to leave the hospital. When she arrived home, Mary was so exhausted she couldn't even make it up the steps to her bedroom. Jim made his wife comfortable on the couch and left her to nap.

Lucky stood watching Mary but he didn't come to her when she called. It made Mary sad but sleep soon overcame her and she dozed.

When Mary woke for a second she couldn't understand what was wrong. She couldn't move her head and her body felt heavy and hot. But panic soon gave way to laughter when Mary realized the problem. She was covered, literally blanketed, with every treasure Lucky owned! While she had slept, the sorrowing dog had made trip after trip to the basement bringing his beloved mistress all his favorite things in life.
He had covered her with his love.
Mary forgot about dying. Instead she and Lucky began living again, walking further and further together every day. It's been 12 years now and Mary is still cancer-free. Lucky, he still steals treasures and stashes them in his toy box but Mary remains his greatest treasure.

A friend, Soo Kiat, sent me the story of Lucky which I wish to share with my readers.
Lucky reminds me of my beloved Kamlette, a mixed Golden Retriever who lived to the ripe, old age of 16 years 7 months. Even when Kamlette was put to sleep, she looked absolutely gorgeous with her bright shining eyes and golden fur which always smelt of baby powder! Kamlette could always sense when I was sad or disappointed and she would give me pecks on my cheeks, or she would continuously put her paws on my leg, as if to say, "Please cheer up. Don't worry and be sad." Dogs are such wonderful and faithful friends. every day to the fullest. Each minute is a blessing from God. And never forget....the people who make a difference in our lives are not the ones with the most Credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care for us.

If you see someone without a smile today give them one of yours! Live simply. Love seriously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

A small request
All you are asked to do is keep this circulating.

Dear God, I pray for the cure of cancer.

All you are asked to do is keep this circulating, even if it is only to one more person, in memory of anyone you know that has been struck down by cancer or is still fighting their battle.


Donna said...

Hi, I follow your blog and today your article "A dog named Lucky' is such a coincidence about praying for a cure for cancer. My father had nose cancer and had finished his treatment. His usual yearly scan last year was clear but for this year, in fact just last week, the scan showed some abnormalities. I had in fact brought him today for his detailed scanning.So I pray and hope that everything's will be ok. And thank you for your inspring articles. It helps me when I feel down.

The Oriental Express said...

I am glad you have been encouraged, and lifted up when you read my articles.

Sorry to hear about your papa's nose cancer. Try and make him happy and less anxious. Happiness is good medicine.

Will pray for your papa's recovery.

If you can find sour sop, buy some for him to eat. Take more brocoli, tomatoes and lady's fingers and drink green tea.

Abraham said...

Hey Choo Choo. The story was really heartwarming. It actually made me tear a little!