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July 7, 2011


Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

We lost Susie this week.  There is sadness throughout the neighborhood.

Susie was already living across the street when we moved in three and a half years ago.  Within days, we began a special friendship.  If Susie was out in front of her house, she would come immediately to see Judy if she was working in the yard.  If I opened the garage door, Susie was alerted and came to see me.

Many times Susie just wanted to walk in the shade of our backyard.  There were times when we would be eating on the patio and Susie would come around the side of the house to see us.  She would simply walk in, walk around the table as if to see what we were eating, and then walk on away.  We were never bothered — rather, we were always glad to see her.

Sometimes Susie only wanted to lie down in the soft grass in our yard. Oh, I just realized with that statement that everyone did not know Susie.  Susie was the rescued Greyhound that belonged to our neighbor Betty.  But Susie was a delight in our life.  She always wanted to kiss us on the face, and we allowed her to do so.  She had lost all her hearing, but there was communication between us.  We loved Susie, and I believe Susie loved us.

There is always grief when a friend — though a pet — passes away.  We feel such grief, but certainly not as deeply as her owner.  All of us know something of the grief in losing a pet.  I can certainly remember many times through life as I had to face those difficult times.  When the dog of my childhood died, I was deeply troubled.  I began to think about where dogs go when they die.  Do they go to heaven!  I certainly had hoped Pug would go!

However, I must be factional and admit that I don’t believe dogs go to heaven!  Now, I am not a theologian, but I have not found anywhere in the Bible that even alludes to the possibility.  As I understand, only humans created with a soul and spirit will go to heaven.  That’s not saying I wouldn’t  like for Pug or Susie to be there when I arrive.

Heaven is for angels and humans who are changed with a glorified body.  Again, I don’t know much about heaven, but I do know that I am going there one day.  I will go, not because of my goodness, my belief in God, or my seeking to labor for God, but I will go because of my faith in Jesus Christ and His death to atone for my sins.

So, today I remember Susie for her love toward us.  And Susie, wherever you are, we miss you!



1 Comment »

  1. Awwwww, how sweet. We had a little dog when I was young and on a farm. That little dog thought she was as big as the cows. When we would herd (on foot) the cattle from one pasture to another she would always go and help, running after those cows as if she were on a horse.

    I guess we are much like the animals that think they can be as big as other animals and don’t need any help (don’t need God, I can handle it myself)

    One day our little dog, Midget got between a cow and the bull, they were bouncing her back and forth like a ball. My little brother went running in there and swooped up Midget before anyone could think what to do. God does protect animals sometimes, using us humans, just as HE uses us humans to do his work on earth for those who don’t learn of him in other ways, such as reading God’s Word, or going to church to hear God’s Word preached.

    Thank you Pastor J for allowing God to use you and your many gifts in reaching his sheep. May we all be used by God for his purpose for our lives!

    Comment by doriswhite — July 9, 2011 @ 6:55 pm | Reply

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