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If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” -St. Francis of Assisi

“‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” – Matthew 5:5

Prior to Wednesday, I had not been to the Taize service at St Peters in quite a while. This week, I decided that if I was going to go, I was going bring my little guy Renard (pictured upper right) to the service with me. Normally he and I don’t go out without my wife and my other little guy Fernando (see my gravatar and my header photo) unless I am taking him to the vet, so I was hesitant. I worried openly that it would be stressful for him. My wife made a very good point, telling me that if I was nervous or stressed about him being that way, he would be that way for sure. So we suited up, got in the car, and went to the church.

Arriving at the church, I scooped Renard up out of his car seat and carried him into the chapel at St Peters. One of the perks of having chihuahuas is that they are easy to carry. Both of my boys are bigger than most chihuahuas, not overweight mind you just with bigger frames, but 8.8 pounds is still quite manageable! The folks at the service were delighted to see us, especially delighted to see Renard! Before the service, Fr Paul asked us to come up to the front and he gave Renard a blessing and Renard was totally fine with it! For about the first 20 minutes, Renard looked back at the doors, I think he was wondering when my wife was going to show up! Once the music started, he seemed very interested in our music director Joe and he seemed to like the music. I was singing the songs and massaging him, which seemed to work out well for both of us. We were both pretty chill.

The pinnacle of the service was during the last song, Surrexit Christus, as I was singing he looked up at me and gave me kisses. The simple affirmation that he was comfortable and even perhaps enjoying himself. And so was I.

Our pets are a gift from God. We should always, always remember to treat them as such.

Peace

Chris

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Mickey the poodle mix is at our no-kill shelter and needs two expensive operations, please give generously. He has had a hard life but we can give him a second chance!! http://bit.ly/oYcFNX or http://www.neas.org

See below for the full appeal from NEAS:

Mickey, a nine-month-old Poodle mix, had a rough start to life, and now he needs our help.

He was born in a puppy mill where people thought of him as a product to sell instead of a sweet, friendly pet with emotions. Denied love and attention, he lived in a small cage until he and his littermates were sold to a pet store.

With an adorably cute face, it didn’t take long before Mickey was purchased… but his problems were only beginning. Pets, like children, can get into a lot of trouble if left on their own, and one day Mickey was hurt badly, breaking both his hind legs.

His bones didn’t heal correctly, leaving him in pain and unable to walk normally. When Mickey’s owners decided to separate, they brought him to Northeast Animal Shelter. And this was the first bit of good luck this poor dog has ever had in his short life… because now he may finally get the care he needs.

Too often, homeless pets arrive at an animal shelter with injuries that require expensive care. And sadly, these pets are usually the first to be euthanized. That could have been Mickey’s fate elsewhere, but not at Northeast Animal Shelter.

Our local vet is confident he can fix Mickey’s badly injured legs and knees, but it is going to require two expensive surgeries.

The medical bills for Mickey’s two surgeries will be in the thousands — and this will deplete the vital resources we need to provide medical care for other dogs and cats in our care.

Your friendship and support ensures that we never, ever, turn our back on an animal like Mickey. That’s why I urge you to make the most generous gift you can… as quickly as you can.

As I sit here looking at this loving dog trying to walk awkwardly in pain, still wagging his tail and giving kisses, I am comforted knowing that I have caring friends like you whom I can depend on in times like these.

Thanks for caring!

Chris

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