“Mom, Benni’s going to be put down tomorrow.” The grief I heard in my daughter’s voice stabbed my heart.
“The cancer’s spread, and there’s no hope.”
My heart sank, recognizing that the decision no dog lover wants to make had to be made.
Benni was an incredible dog, and she will always have a special place in my heart. A rescue animal, Benni was friendly, and had a tail that was quick to wag in the presence of those she loved. I’m certain I saw her smile, too.
But, make no mistake, Benni knew how to protect the ones who cared for her.
When Benni’s “parents” needed someone to keep her for several months, my daughter stepped to the plate and took Benni in.
Within several days of coming to stay with Megan, Benni woke during the night and rushed to the front door where she snarled and barked as she frantically paced. The sounds wakened Megan who coaxed Benni back to her bedroom after she’d quieted. A short time later, Benni once again ran to the front door where she let whoever was on the other side know that they weren’t entering the apartment without some serious hurting.
Upon learning of Benni’s protection of my daughter, my husband and I thanked the Lord. We shuddered to think what might have happened that night had Benni not been in the apartment. A mother’s earnest prayers for the protection of her child were heard and answered. When I’d asked God to surround Megan with angel guards, I didn’t realize that He used four-legged ones.
There were no more middle-of-the-night scares after that. Several months later, Benni’s parents moved into their new home and Benni went to live with them.
God found a new angel guard for my daughter—a full-grown German shepherd who loved to romp with Benni whenever their “parents” visited each other.
Evil discovered, in the middle of one night, that God had been expecting his visit. A mother learned that some angels have fur and four legs. And several families cried at the passing of a faithful friend.
There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13 (NIV)
TO GOD BE THE GLORY