I am thankful that our new dog, Stephanie, had surgery. Yes, I know, that sounds like a strange thing to be grateful for. An operation? But here’s my story.
First of all, I am thankful that we have Stephanie. She is a 6 year old, AKC champion, 136 pound black Newfoundland. She was re-homed to us this spring. So she is new to our household. And she is one very big bundle of JOY.
I am also thankful that Stephanie’s bum leg could be healed through surgery. In another month, she should be up to snuff as she has not been in some time. It was a relatively easy fix.
Next, I am grateful that we actually had the money to pay for this extremely costly procedure. There have been many times in our lives when paying for this surgery would have been impossible. I don’t know what we would have done. Maybe we would have given her back to her breeder. I don’t know. But I was am so very grateful that we could provide this care for our beloved pet.
I am also thankful that we were able to manage the care that Stephanie needed after her operation. It has been an inconvenience, to be sure, always taking her out on the leash when needed 24 hours a day, buying a harness to hold up her back end when she stands, not letting her use the doggie door, restricting our other two dogs from using the doggie door, giving medication at 8 and 4 and 8 and midnight for a week, etc. But I am so grateful that we have been able to allocate the time and manage the scheduling to meet Stephanie’s needs. And I am also grateful that I have the physical ability to hold her up and help her maneuver.
Sometimes it is surprising how much you have to be thankful for. And even more surprising how that is revealed to you.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16
A personal note: On this, our 35th wedding anniversary, I am thankful for my husband who tolerates my devotion to dogs and my special fondness for Newfs, drool and all!