For several years I resisted the idea of getting pets. Read through one of my older blogs.
Read here: http://koeppelclan.blogspot.com/2009/08/pets.html?m=1
We hadn't had a lot of luck. But after buying a house here in Washington it felt like the time was right. We have a larger yard, and a nice sized home that could accommodate an animal, it was time to begin praying. And so I began praying
Slowly, after hunting and searching I found some good groups on Facebook and online and prayed. I prayed two things. First, I asked God to bless us with the wisdom to know what dog would God wanted us to have. Second, I prayed for whatever dog we found, it's safety, protection, etc. . .
A lot of times when we pray we want I stant results. Being human it is easy to forget that God's timing isn't always ours, I know I struggle with this. I become impatient and want to know right away or to have something happen immediately. As I grow older, God has gently taught me to wait because when He moves, everything happens quickly and falls perfectly into place.
Finding Lily was no different. For two months I looked at dogs, read descriptions. I knew after prayer that we needed several things and didn't need several things.
1. WE DID NOT NEED A FREE DOG.
In the past we were given free dogs. Really what this meant was the dog needed medical care or had behavioral issues the previous owner was unwilling or unable to address. In short, the dog was free because they hoped to get rid of the dog and so their problem became our problem.
2. WE NEEDED A DOG THAT HAD A SWEET TEMPERAMENT.
We seemed to get dogs with issues. Aggression issues, home broken issues, medical issues. It was a mess and what should have been an easy transition turned into a royal pain in the neck. We needed a dog who could be easy going, loving and low maintenance.
3. WE NEEDED A DOG THAT WAS GOOD WITH CHILDREN.
We struggles with jealous dogs in the past, we needed a dog who was patient.
We finally found all of those things in Lily. One day a new for sale add popped up on a garage sale group I was a part of. Lily was a little over a year old and needed a new home because her owner was gone a lot for work. She had a sweet disposition and was nicely house broken and her owner was just as excited to meet us as we were to meet him and Lily.
We drove to the park a little nervous and wondering if we would meet our dog that day. We did! And we have enjoyed her immensely. She wasn't free, but she was worth every penny of the $200. Truthfully, we should have paid more.
We enjoyed her so much that when our oldest daughter came home to live with us she asked if she could adopt a cat. She promised to take good care of the cat and be responsible for it. So we said yes. Lol, she found Mikhail and takes good care of him, but I think he is adopting us. And he and Lily after a rough first few days play well together and are becoming friends.
God answers prayers and pets are awesome, if you find the right pet. I have been sick a few times and spent yesterday sad (that's another story), both Lily and Mikhail never left my side. They snuggled me and hugged me.
I'm so glad we changed our minds. I can't imagine our home without them. It seems we are pet people after all.
Have a good rest of your weekend.