There’s something I’ve wanted to tell you about for a while now. HH and I have a new furry friend. A blessing.
Have you ever had a gift drop out of the sky…something so perfect that you know it’s part of God’s perfect plan?
Meet Winston. Just look at that face!
It was the Saturday before Thanksgiving. HH was behind the barn, and the horses were acting strange. That’s when this bag of bones appeared. It pains me to see this picture. I’d forgotten how bad off he really was. This is Winston three days after he wandered up and we began his renovation care.
He would have died that first Saturday night if we hadn’t taken him into the garage. At 29 degrees, he wouldn’t have survived with no meat on his bones to keep him warm.
We don’t take in every stray, but there was something about this one – a special friendliness that attracted HH to him.
Our other stray, Suzy-Q, ignored him at first. It took a few days for her to accept him in the way HH and I welcomed him. But now, they are big buddies. Funny how that term seems to fit the whole situation…
Winston (formally named Renovation Winston) now stays inside. Even though he’s gained over fifteen pounds, he gets cold outside, even on sunshiny days. Before bringing him inside, he started hanging out near the mailbox (a half mile from the house) and chasing cars. Except at meal time.
After all that work surviving, he was about to die from a car! So, that was the last straw. Winston moved into the house. Poor Suzy-Q. She’s alone in the garage at night now (again).
Suzy wandered up to our house about seven years ago, and she has become the perfect farm dog. We couldn’t ask for a better dog! She’s very loving and loyal. That’s something we’ve learned here in The Land of Making Do.
God provides the best dogs.
Winston is the perfect inside dog. He must have been house trained, wherever he came from, because he has never had an accident inside. The vet thinks he’s about three years old and is part Catahoula Cur, a bird dog. Still, a mixture.
I consider this the most important and rewarding renovation we’ve ever done. Winston, with his quick-study obedience and loving loyalty, has wiggled his way into our hearts completely. We know God brought him to us…not only because he needed us, but because we needed him.
Have you ever taken in a stray? Did it take long to get attached – to wrap you completely into…love?