Newest Puppy Family Member

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

One of our neighbors told Pilot and me we are weak, and can’t say, “no”. She is absolutely correct. We are weak, and we can’t say, “no”. At least when it comes to cute puppies.

If you recall, March 31, 2017, Pilot and I said our last good-bye to our sweet Bear. At the time, we told ourselves we wouldn’t even think about getting another dog until six months passed. Well … like Cindy said, we’re weak.

Pilot and I returned from our trip to Florida for Tom’s memorial service June 14. As I caught up with email June 15, I noticed someone in our neighborhood posted a message nineteen hours earlier about two rescue puppies he needed to find a good home for. When I clicked on the attached picture, I caved. Truly. But I resisted the urge to place the phone call.

I wasn’t really sure we needed to add a new family member at this point in time, and in fact was pretty sure we didn’t, but several texts later between Pilot and me, Pilot made the call to inquire about the dogs. One puppy, a female, remained. The male had been adopted.

Although we’ve had females before, this time I wanted another male. Even with that, it was arranged for me to go see the puppy.

I enlisted the prayers of a friend for discernment in this matter, realizing God may have already made my decision easier by eliminating the male from my choice.

Good thing I rode my bike to look at the puppy. That way I couldn’t take HIM home with me. Yep. Pilot misunderstood. The female was adopted out that morning. The male still needed a home.

After Pilot returned home from work that evening, we both went to see the puppy.

We’re weak and can’t say, “no”. That evening, at five-weeks-old, Baxter Black Quandt became our newest family member.

Although we know human lives are much, much, muuch more important in God’s eyes than animal lives, in our defense, we looked upon Baxter as one of God’s creation. An abandoned orphan who needed rescued.

I’m sure Baxter will be appearing in future blog posts, in fact I know he will. A post about redirection is forming as I type. 🙂

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Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. James 1:27 (NLT)

I wish you well.


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