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Renewed Hope for Kelly

Agility class at age 2 with Mary McHenry Photo credit Mike McHenry

Agility class at age 2 with Mary McHenry
Photo credit Mike McHenry

She could hardly stand up. Her hind legs splayed behind her. Trying to walk, she would periodically lose her balance and crash to the floor. Where our Kelly did agility training and used to jump onto the couch, she now avoided the steps and waited until I picked her up and placed her on it. Was it time to let her go?

I saw the pain in her beautiful, expressive brown eyes, the sadness. My heart hurt. I love this beautiful little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who brought joy back into my life after my first husband passed away.

Watching Kelly grow, playing with her, having her crawl under the covers with me on cold nights (how did she breathe?) and waking to her warm body against my leg gave me a renewed reason to get up in the mornings. Someone needed me. I laughed the morning I headed to my computer without feeding her first. She stood across the room from me, her ‘lips’ pulled back, making a chewing motion with her teeth. I got the message and fed her immediately. She hasn’t done that since!

I brought you a present!

I brought you a present!

She also brought me a gift once … dropped a little dead rat on the floor in front of me. “Thank you very much, Kelly,” I said, looking her in the eye. “I know you deserve praise for this; but I never want to see one of these again!” And she never brought me another.

So, with her pain and instability, Don and I watched closely. We increased her pain medication. Two days later we had been out for several hours. Kelly must have been on the porch when we entered the house. I went to the back corner restroom. Kelly came into the house, briefly greeted Don, then ran through the house … to find me. I heard running footsteps and knew it was my girl. Sure enough, red-haired Kells dashed into the bathroom to greet me. What a joy to see her run again. Yes, she’s getting old. And yes, she’s slowing down considerably. But I’ve again seen happiness in her eyes and she’s walking better again.

I’m grateful for this little furball of love that God brought into my life after Jerry’s death; for the joy she’s brought to both Don and me (along with her grandpup, Paige); and I’m glad it’s not yet time to let her go. Rather, I treasure every day I have with her.

“Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” James 1:17


  1. Columba Smith says:

    I love the picture of her flying over the jump! I hope you make lots more happy memories with this sweet little one. I know how much they mean, especially when they’ve helped us through a season of grief.

    1. carolnl says:

      You’ve experienced that too, I know. Thank you Columba.

  2. MarJean Peters says:

    What a sweet, heartfelt story! Thank you for sharing it with us. God delights to give us good gifts and to recognize they are from Him. YOU are His gift to me, dear Carol. <3

    1. carolnl says:

      As you are to me MarJean. I so look forward to our upcoming day together.

  3. Karen O'Connor says:

    A tender article on a sweet and tender member of your family!

    1. carolnl says:

      Thank you my friend.

  4. Joy Schmidt says:

    Isn’t God awesome that He even uses dogs to show us His blessings. Our four legged friends are truly treasures from above.

    1. carolnl says:

      Thanks, Joy. They are indeed. Is that cute little one I saw on your FB page a new addition to your home?

      1. Joy Schmidt says:

        I have my son’s 2 dogs, Bella and Gizmo. He brought them down from Alaska last Aug when his plan was to return home in Oct. Never happened. So now I have 3. Hopefully Tay will come home soon.

        1. carolnl says:

          I hope he will too, Joy. That’s why you have the three dogs. I know you miss Taylor.

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