Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Let me start by telling you the story about Taylor (names have been changed to protect the innocent). Taylor is a sweet, loving, German Shepherd Dog of about 8 months. She was owned by a gentleman who passed away suddenly and his closest friends inherited her. About 4 weeks ago, Taylor was dropped off at Tarheel for training. Last Thursday she developed a running nose and cough. We took her to the vet and she was given meds. Today, there was still no improvement, so we took her back. She's developed pneumonia. We called her owner and suggested she pick Taylor up until she was better and we could finish training afterwards. The owner lives in VA, so I even offered to transport Taylor for her. The owner came right away.

Somewhat understandably, the owner was very upset. The problem is, she blames us. Taylor, due to being sick had lost a bit of weight. The thing is, we did everything right. We took her to the vet at the first sign of trouble (she wasn't even running a fever). We administered all the meds and kept a close eye on her. I personally checked her at least once a day.

So, my first prayer is for Taylor. I hope she gets over this pneumonia swiftly and starts to act like her old self again.

Next, I want to pray for Taylor's owner. She's hurting over a lot more than her dog being sick. This dog is the biggest memory of her departed friend. She feels she's caring for his child (which is pretty much true). I pray that she can overcome the pain she's feeling and learn to love Taylor as her own and not just as the dog she inherited.

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