This post has turned out to be harder to write than I expected. Sometimes in our journey with Jesus, we have to say goodbye to people, things, and even pets for the sake of the call.
As we follow our Lord’s leading to Puebla, the realization hit us that the house we’re renting won’t support an outside dog (that never accepted a leash) and the owner doesn’t want a dog in the house. Thus, Peanut, our faithful, furry companion of over 12 years cannot go with us.
Yesterday, our teammates from Amealco came over to spend some time with us before they head to the USA for a month. We’ll be changing teams, so it was a farewell of sorts. They have always been so kind to take Peanut on for a summer when we’ve traveled, but they really can’t take her for us. However, they know a lot of people there in the country near them. One of them might have an interest in an old herding dog (with no experience). They kindly agreed to take her up with them and see if they can find someone nearby who might take her over the next few days before they leave on their trip. If no one will take her, they have a friend who can put her down for us. She is old and suffers some from arthritis but is in pretty good health. It’s a little early to put her down as she probably has a couple years of health left in her, but if no one is able to take her and care for her, it’s really the only other viable option.
So, we’re missing Peanut a little today. She greets us at the front door every day and makes sure we remember to feed her and pet her and rub her belly and maybe even throw a ball to her a couple of times before she loses interest or energy.
The same summer we moved here in 2005, she was found abandoned in a trash can by our co-workers’ neighborhood watchman. She was about 1 month old and afflicted by a very bad case of parasites. A local vet was able to treat her with medications and she survived that.
She’s been a great pet, and while we’ve never been ones to treat our pet like a person, she certainly did earn our affection. She was loved on by many, many guests who’ve visited us over the years. Some of them still ask us how Peanut is doing. She drove me crazy at times with some of her tendencies, and I always wondered if she would protect us if we ever needed her too…I still think she’d have gladly sold out for a treat or piece of meat. Ha!
Giving up a dog is a small thing in comparison to following Jesus. We have given up far more over the years. I don’t know that tears have come for any of the other things though. We will miss her. We will move on.
37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.