Thursday, April 29, 2010

Update and Praise Report - Lucy the Cat

From Anne:
My heartfelt thanks to all who have been praying for my Lucy!! She underwent her surgery and the prognosis is great!! Prayer works!!
Thank you Esther for this wonderful, heartwarming, soul filled site!!
Thank you dear Lord! Thank you all for your dedicated prayers!

Prayer Request for Pets Abandoned by Owners When Homes are Foreclosed

I read a disturbing story in an old Ladies Home Journal yesterday, Left Behind. At least this realtor is doing something about the pets that are abandoned. But it got me to thinking about all the others who are left to die.

Just today, I received the following story via email.
Keeping Your Pet Out of the Economic Doghouse
Millions of pets in the United States are euthanized because there are no homes for them. According to The Spayed Club website, more than 35,000 dogs, puppies, cats and kittens in the seven shelters around Greater Philadelphia are put to death each year.

In a difficult economy, many pets are abandoned to reduce homeowners' costs, but just like anything else in the house, with a little planning and research, pet care can be less burdensome on the budget.

Please keep all our abandoned pets in your prayers.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Update on Dudly the Dog and Urgent Prayer Request

From Scott:
I thought I would update you on Dudley and ask for further prayers as he will be having surgery tomorrow to remove the tumor on his left hind leg. Our specific prayer request is that the surgery will be successful and that the veterinary surgeon will be able to remove the whole tumor with wide enough margins and that there will be no reoccurrence of the tumor or cancer any where else. We are also asking for prayers that his pain will be well managed during and after the surgery and that he will make a full recovery. Right now he is very peaceful and content and has no idea that his world is about to radically change. The word I received in my prayers late last night was TRUST, which we are trying very hard to do. Thank you so much for considering this prayer request. We have been regularly asking for Blessed Francis X. Seelos and St. Martin de Porres to pray for Dudley. We continue to hold pets all over the world who are ill or lost and especially those mentioned on this site in our prayers.
Many thanks, again.

Peace and blessings to you,

Prayer Request for Bailey the Dog

From Pete:
Please pray for Bailey. She is a 13 year old German Shepard/Shar pei mix. She is amazingly strong in mind and body aside from mild arthritis. But she has become suddenly ill. Her gall bladder is stopped up and the build up of bile and other acids is affecting her liver. Surgery is not an option due to many reasons. After two ultrasounds, the doctors can find no blockage or reason for the enlarged gall bladder, but if the new meds don't work soon, she will go into liver failure. Please send a prayer to Bailey and to St. Roch, as I will do for all of your beloved pets. Thank you and God Bless.
Please keep Bailey and all our seriously ill pets in your prayers.

Prayer Request for Mammie the Cat

From Joanna:
Please pray that kitty Mammie finds her way back home. We miss her so much. Prayer are powerful and we believe that with God's help we will find her. Thank you. We are praying for all lost cats and dogs.
Please keep Mammie and all our missing pets in your prayers. We ask for the intercession of St. Anthony to find and bring home all our missing pets.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Update and Prayer Request for Lucy the Cat

From Anne:
Please pray for my beloved Lucy who had her salivary gland removed today because of what is thought to be a non-aggressive cancerous tumor. The specimens will be sent for a more thorough diagnosis and to see if has spread. Please pray that this is the only incident and that she be restored to her vital, contented, love filled life.
Please continue to pray for Lucy and all our seriously ill pets. Please keep their owners in your prayers too.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Update and Praise Report on Marley the Cat

From Fiona:
Marley returned safe this morning after a two week stay in a garage while the home owners were on holiday. Sincere thanks to all those whose prayers helped to bring him home.
Thank God Marley is home! Thank you all for your dedicated prayers!!

Prayer Request for Peaches the Cat

Peaches Owner, For Pets Sake left the following comment under the blog post of my Honey the Cat returning home:
THat is so great!! :D

I have lost a cat too, it is very depressing, so please pray for Peaches. <3
Please keep Peaches and all our missing pets in your prayers. Please pray that St. Anthony will find them and return them home safely, if it be God's will.

Prayer Request for Barbie the Puppy

Please pray for my puppy Barbie. She is really sick, and could pass. I just ask that he interceed and ask the Lord to help my puppy.
Please keep Barbie and all our sick pets in your prayers.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Another Update on Dingir the Dog

From Kevin:
Dingir's energy has been low of late. Continue to pray for him. Also pray for me that I can continue to help him with the remedies that have seemed to benefit him a lot.
Please continue to pray for Dingir and for Kevin!

Prayer Request for D.C. the Cat

From Roxanne:
My mother, who is ailing fast, had to give up her home a year ago and sent her precious cat to live with me. He is the most loving and wonderful cat you can imagine. He has been with me a year and has never attempted to go outside. Last Saturday evening, he apparently went past me onto the patio and got outside. I have not been able to find him since. I have placed an ad in the local paper, put up flyers, and asked around. He has not come home. I pray each night for his return. Please help me and include him in your prayers. His name is D.C. He is about 12 to 13 years old. Black. Please help.
Please keep D.C. and all our missing pets in your prayers. Please keep Roxanne's ailing mom in your prayers too.

Sad News - Baby the Rabbit

From Steve:
I wanted to write to you and let you know that Baby, our rabbit has died tonight, April 23, 2010. I stayed with him all day, since Friday morning when he suddenly stopped eating and just lay down. He declined throughout the day, but I've never seen a more tenacious fight for life than Baby showed us.

I wanted to sincerely thank you, and everyone who gave their prayers for Baby. We know that we don't always get what we ask for in prayers. All we can do is to try to accept God's will with grace.

No one ever said losing our beloved friends would be easy.
Please keep Steve in your prayers as he mourns the loss of his beloved pet bunny.

Heartbreaking News on Milo the Cat

From Jessica:
I wanted to thank you for all of your prayers last night. Milo came home this evening 48hrs after the time he went missing. Unfortunately he had a gunshot wound and a broken leg. However, I find comfort in knowing that he made his way back home and we were with him when he passed. I know in my heart that he knows how much he was loved and will truly be missed. He was one of a kind and he stole my heart. Rest in Peace Milo.

This pet's death has really affected me. I cannot believe someone could be so cruel. I just hope it was accidental. Please keep Jessica in your prayers as she mourns the loss of her beloved little cat.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Prayer Request for Murphy the Cat

From Kimberly:
Please pray for my little Murphy. He's not feeling well--vomiting off and on yesterday and today and has weird diarrhea. He's never been sick before and I'm so scared. I can't take him to the vet until I get my Social Security Check next month. I don't know what I'd do if I lost him.

Thanks you for your care and concern for pets and their owners.

Kimberlee, aka Worried sick mommy of the sweetest Himalayan Cat in the whole world.
Please keep Murphy and all our sick pets in your prayers.

Health Tip - Reducing Vet Bills

I found the following tip at The Dollar Stretcher
Sometimes dogs, like people, need blood transfusions. Everyone who works at my vet's office knows that they are always welcome to call me whenever a patient needs blood. From what I understand, all dogs have the same blood type; the real issue is the amount. Since my dogs are large, they can donate to any other dog. And, although this isn't why I let them donate blood, I always get a nice credit on my next vet bill, usually between $50 and $80.

So for readers who have dogs (I don't know if this works for cats, but I suspect it might), they may want to let their vets know that their healthy dogs are available for donation.
Rebecca in Johnson City, TN

editor's note: For more on pet healthcare, please click here Pet Health Care for Less.

Urgent Prayer Request for Dudley the Dog

From Sarah and Scott:
Please pray for our 11 year old Golden Retriever, Dudley. Earlier this week we discovered a 2" mass on his left hind leg. Tests from the vet have indicated that it is a cancerous tumor (in the "soft tissue sarcoma" family). It is unclear at this point if surgery to remove it is possible because of the tumor's location which is near the joint. We are faced with the following options: 1) having the tumor removed followed by radiation (if surgery is possible) with a 15% chance of the tumor coming back (radiation would need to be done in Seattle Washington and we live on Vancouver Island, Canada); 2) doing the surgery without radiation with a 50% chance of it reoccurring; 3) having his leg amputated which would ensure the cancer would not return; or 4) doing nothing. The vet cautioned us that the last option would eventually result in gangrene which would be a bigger problem. We will be finding out more information in a few days, but we need to act soon as the tumor continues to grow. He is an otherwise very healthy dog with lots of energy. Our prayer is for a miraculous cure and for the tumor to be gone or that surgery will be possible, the tumor will be completely removed and his leg will remain intact. Please pray also that we will make the right decision given the options presented to us. We have been praying to God and asking for St. Francis to intercede for us. The last few nights have been agonizing in worry and fear. We love him so much and ultimately want what is best for him. We pray that we can have him as our faithful, beloved companion for a little more time.

Thank you so much for your prayers and please be assured of our prayers for all the pets that are sick, or lost or are in any kind of need.
Please keep Dudley and all our seriously ill pets in your prayers. We especially ask Bl. Seelos and St. Martin de Porres for their intercession.

Prayer Request for Marley the Cat

From Fiona:
Could you please say a prayer for Marley, my lovely cat missing since April 11th. Although I miss him terribly, I just want him to be safe and happy, even if it means he can't come home. Thanks in advance.
Please keep Marley and all our missing pets in your prayers. Let us ask for the intercession of St. Anthony to find and return Marley to his home, safe and sound.

Prayer Request for Cinnamon the Cat

From Christy:
Please pray for my baby Cinnamon - she has been diagnosed with Feline Lukemina however the vet says she can live a long life with this disease. But right now I need to have a prayer so she will eat. I'm worried sick about her and need to her to get better.
Thank you.
Please keep Cinnamon and all our seriously ill pets in your prayers.

Urgent Prayer Request for Mr. O'Leary the Cat

From Michael:
My cat Mr O'Leary has an eye infection and was last diagnosed with an eye ulcer. I don't have the money and resources for further tests. I wish there was some way to get a grant for care or I wish he would get better. I love him so much. He is my constant companion and it breaks my heart that he can't open his eye. I pray that there will be a remission of his condition and that he will live many more years.
Please keep Mr. O'Leary and all our pets in need in your prayers.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Prayer Request for Milo the Cat

From Jessica:

Please keep Milo and all our missing pets in your prayers. We especially ask for the intercession of St. Anthony to bring Milo and all the missing pets, home safely.

Prayer Request for Jerry the Dog

From Anna:
My best friend Jerry is a Terrier Mix that we adopted from the shelter when he was 5 months old. He is now 12 years old and was diagnosed with kidney disease today after his routine blood work before a teeth cleaning came back with elevated BUN & Creatine. He is such a wonderful, loving companion and I am so scared and upset over this diagnosis. Please pray for him. We love him so much and cannot bare the thought of losing him.
Please keep Jerry and all our seriously ill pets in your prayers.

Prayer Request for Harlei the Dog

From Gemma:
My Harlie is a 14 month old Corgi. He had on and off body paralysis since September 2009 and was diagnosed to have Aseptic Autoimmune Meningitis last December. Right now he is on medication which will be completed soon and I am very worried what will happen after that. He has brought so much joy to our family and friends. I could not imagine my life without Harlie. Please help me pray for his complete recovery.
Please keep Harlie and all our seriously ill pets in your prayers.

Prayer Request for Pudge the Dog

Please pray for the safe return of my lost dog, Pudge, who has been missing for two days. My other dog, Sheba, is waiting for her to come home and I know Pudge has to start missing her, and needs to find her way back. St. Francis, if I never see her again, please let someone at least love her and care for her as we do. Jesus, please forgive me for my sins. I worry that she is hungry, scared, and lost. My heart goes out to all other pet owners as well.
Please keep Pudge and all our missing pets and their owners in your prayers.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Prayer Request for Ruby the Cat

Please pray for little Ruby, my orange tiger tabby who has been missing since April 11, 2010. She is the joy of our family, both human and furry, and her sweetness is sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all here who are missing a beloved pet.
Please keep Ruby and all our missing in pets in your prayers.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

New Update on Sunny the Dog

From Mark:
Praise the Lord! Our dog "Sunny",(8 pound Maltese), who had swallowed a stone... and then had surgery to remove it... and then acquired a serious infection during recovery which greatly threatened his life... and had to be reopened with another surgery - is doing much better! Thanks for all your prayers. According to the doctors, Sunny is not completely out of the woods yet... about another week, but it is obvious that God is watching over Sunny and is healing him. Again,Praise God!
Our prayers are being answered. Please continue to pray for Sunny and all our pets in needs...also, please pray for the owners too.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Sad News - Midnight the Cat

From Kevin:
We lost our beloved Midnight last night. We are most grateful to all for the prayer support. She was with us 3 weeks and 4 days longer than the vet anticipated for which we are grateful.

Our prayers are with all those who are facing illnesses, disappearances and other concerns with their beloved animal companions.
Please keep Kevin in your prayers as he suffers the loss of his beloved cat.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Prayer Request for Lucy the Cat

From Anne:
Please pray for my beloved Lucy. She has been diagnosed with lympho sarcoma which is treatable. We are having ultrasounds done on her Monday to make sure the cancer has not gone into any of her organs, which would not be treatable. She is 12 years old and has never been more frisky, playful and full of life. St. Gertrude, St. Francis and all of our friends here, please pray for her comfort and hope for many more years of joy and love.
Please keep Lucy and all our seriously ill pets in your prayers.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Prayer Request for Shawnee the Dog

This website is fantastic. Thank you for taking the time to set it up and to monitor it so vigilantly. Please pray for my German Sherpard Shawnee. She's nine years old and to say that she is my best friend wouldn't come close enough to describing the bond we share. My fiancee and I fear that she is suffering from Degenerative Myelopathy and are extremely worried about her. She is going to be diagnosed tomorrow and I am worried that the vet will have bad news for our family. I cannot imagine the fear and confusion she is going through. Please pray take the time to pray for her. Thank you all so much and for your thoughts and prayers and please know that we'll be praying for all of you as well
Please keep Shawnee and all our pets in need your prayers.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Prayer Request for Bailey the Dog

From Melissa:
Can you please say a prayer for my parent's dog Bailey? He went missing on March 28th 2010. He was staying at a local kennel and got loose while out on a walk and hasn't been seen since. We love him dearly and miss him so much. We are praying for his safe return. Thank you so much! You have come up with such a wonderful way to honour and show love for our pets!
Please join me in asking St. Anthony to help find Bailey and bring him home safely. Thank you!

Urgent Prayer Request for Marley and Samson the Dogs

Please help me pray for the safe return of two of my dogs, Marley (a black lab) and Samson (white Maltese/poodle). I am devastated - they have been missing over 4 days and I have prayed and prayed and done everything (flyers, ads etc...) that I know to do. I know that everything is possible with God. I have attached their pictures. Thanks so much - I know there is power in numbers when it comes to prayer. God Bless you all
Please pray to St. Anthony for his intercession in finding these two missing pets and all our missing pets.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Another Update on Sunny the Dog and Urgent Prayer Request

From Mark:
Our dog just had a serious setback from his surgery. He has some kind of infection and antibiotics are not helping so the doctor has to immediately operate on him again to address this infection. However, he doesn't sound very hopeful! So, please continue praying for God's intervention and miraculous healing.

Thank you and God Bless.
Please continue to pray for Sunny and all our pets in need of prayers! Thanks so much everyone.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Prayer Request for Maggie the Dog

Please pray for Maggie. She is a 14 year old German Shepard Mix. She has multiple health problems (thyroid, liver, arthritis, sensitive stomach, beginning of cataracts and is somewhat deaf), all of which are under control and I supposed come with age. We found out recently however, that she is beginning to show signs of Degenerative Myelopathy and hopefully the precautions the vet has helped us take will slow the degeneration of her nerves. We've also discovered a tumor on her paw. She will be undergoing surgery Tuesday 13 April 2010 (after an over night at the vet's from Monday) to remove the tumor and biopsy it. I know I have been very blessed to have her in my life the last 14 years, but it would mean the world to me to have her a while longer, especially since I don't get to see her often anymore since I'm away at school and my loving parents take care of her for me. I'm so worried that while this is a normal procedure, that something might happen due to her age and health. Please, please offer up a prayer for her health and strength and that she not suffer? It would mean so much. She is so special to me and my family. I'm not ready to say goodbye. Thank you and please know I am praying for all of your intentions as well!
Please keep Maggie and her owner in your prayers!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Prayer Request for Snowcap the Cat

Please pray for Snowcap, who ran off April 3, 2010. He is a lovely, cuddly little man and he is missed greatly. God bless everyone here in need. Thank you!
Please keep Snowcap and all our missing pets in your prayers.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Prayer Request for Smokey the Cat

From Mellany:
Please pray for my cat Smokey to be well and cancer free. He suffered a nose bleed and the vet thinks it is nasal cancer. I pray that it was only due to nasal inflammation or an irritant. Smokey is very dear to me and we both appreciate your thoughts and prayers.
Please keep Smokey and all our pets in need in your prayers.

Update and Praise Report on Sunny the Dog

From Mark:
Thank you and your group for your prayers. My dog "Sunny" came out of surgery and everything went well... no complications. The stone was quite big: 1" x 1/2" x 1/4".
Thank you all for your prayers!

Urgent Prayer Request for Sunny the Dog

From Mark:
Please pray for our dog "Sunny" , a 7 pound Maltese, who swallowed a stone and it is lodged in his small intestine. He has to have immediate surgery to remove it. Thank you and God Bless,
Please say a prayer for all our pets in urgent need, like Sunny.

Sad News - Fritzie the Cat

From Sarah:
Just wanted to let you know that we said goodbye yesterday to Fritzie. It was all just too much for his little body. He tried very hard to beat it, as did we, but the leukemia was too strong. It was in his bone marrow, and depleted his red blood cells. He was the sweetest little angel in the world, and my husband and I wouldn’t trade a moment for another cat. He brought us so much happiness and joy. We buried him in the backyard at sunset. I placed several of his toy balls that he loved to play fetch with, a can of his favorite food, and three pictures, one of him with John, one of John and I, and one of Fritzie when he was just a kitten.

Thank you all so very much for your prayers, I know that without them, we would not have had the extra almost two months with him. It gives me great happiness that you and everyone were so kind to open your hearts and keep us in your prayers, and I thank you so very much.

With great appreciation,
Thank you all for your prayers. Please keep Sarah in your prayers as she grieves the loss of Fritzi, her beloved pet.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Sad News - Devo the Dog

From Tara and Clara:
I wrote on April 1st, asking for a prayer request for our lost border collie mix, Devo. He was lost for 20 days, no doubt chasing deer in the massive woodland areas in our area. It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that Devo was struck by a car and killed yesterday morning. Thanks to the kindness of a passing stranger, who saw one of our many signs, we were able to say our goodbyes. It is not the homecoming we anticipated, but he is now home in our hearts. Thank you for posting on your site. It afforded us peace when we were so very hopeless. Alas not all endings are happy ones.

Thank you again for keeping our family in your prayers, especially now.
Please keep Tara and Clara in your prayers as they mourn the loss of their beloved pet Devo.

Update on Lizzie and Riley the Dogs

From their owner:
Lizzie has finally come home, and she's been back since last Thursday (04/06/10) afternoon after someone reported us saying they found her. Sadly, Riley was unable to come back to us after he died from consuming poison. He passed away Wednesday night (03/31/10).
Please keep their owner in your prayers during this sad time in losing Riley. Thank you all for your prayers as they were answered for Lizzie.

I Rescued a Human Today

Shared by our friend Kieran (Taz and Vlooi's owner):

I Rescued A Human Today

I rescued a human today.

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her. I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn't be afraid.

As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn't want her to know that I hadn't been walked today. Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn't want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone's life. She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me.

I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her.

Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes. I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven't walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

I rescued a human today.

Hope you like it. Take care and God Bless,



Prayer Request for Lama the Cat

From Christine:
Yesterday we had to make the decision to have our sweet, wonderful, ten year old golden retriever, Jake, put to sleep. We had hoped he would respond to medication but sadly his kidneys just couldn't keep up. After only a few days, he stopped eating altogether and lost all his strength. We know it was the right decision but the ache is still intolerable. Doubtless that inimitable and profound phrase, "Good dog!" was coined with him in mind.

Only a few hours later, I noticed that my senior cat, Lama, had a small nosebleed. Calling the vet, I was told to bring her in immediately. They discovered she has a growth just inside her nose which they need to remove and biopsy. Most of our money was just spent on Jake's palliative care so we may need to delay Lama's surgery a bit. Even then, I am afraid of what the biopsy will reveal. I lost my one great love, my Leopold, a little over a year ago. I honestly don't know how much more my heart can take.

Please, pray for my little Lama, pray for some good news for her. Thank you.
Please keep Lama and all our pets in need, in your prayers. I would also ask that you keep Christine in your prayers as she mourns the loss of Jake, her beloved dog.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Prayer Request for Stella the Dog

From Sara:
Please say a prayer for our dog Stella. She had 2 knee surgeries recently and her health is not improving. She is only 5 years old and we love her very much as a part of our family. Thank you, God Bless you.
Please keep Stella and all pets recovering from surgery, in your prayers.

Update on Patch the Cat

From Jon:
I give thanks for all your prayers for my cat Patch. Please continue to pray for Patch.

Patch is doing better. Saturday I was not sure if he would last another day on this earth.

Saturday night I noticed something was different. I cannot tell you exactly what but he was just different. I watched him closely and I became convinced he was getting better.

It was hard to go to sleep that night and when I awoke on Easter Sunday I was anxious to see him but confident he would be better.

He was definitely better.

I said nothing to anyone else and just watched him. He was no longer acting sick. He was a little pinker but not a lot - just a little. Sunday before dinner I pulled my wife aside and whispered to her that Patch was better.

I had prayed Saturday to St. Jude and St. Francis, to the Saints mentioned on this sight and to John Paul and Mary for intercession with Our Lord.

I asked John Paul for his intercession because I always saw him as such a sweet and Holy man. I asked the Holy Spirit to heal Patch and prayed that Jesus would have mercy on Patch*.

I give thanks to God for what he has done with Patch. Please continue to Pray for Patch as he still has a ways to go.

One more thing I will tell you. For me, after witnessing this, nothing can be the same.

Bless his Holy Name.
As you can see, prayers have helped Patch to get better.

*. I have left Jon's email here in its entirety. Clarification is needed here: animals do not have immortal souls nor do they have the ability to sin.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Urgen Prayer Request for Doty the Puppy

From Breezy:
Please pray for our puppy Doty, she is currently in a battle to try to beat parvo. We are monitoring on an hourly bases. Her brother had succumbed to the disease in the middle of the night last night. Doty has been given the medicine by our vet this morning. We ask for prayers to give her strength to continue her fight and beat this disease.
Please keep Doty and all our seriously ill pets in your prayers!

Prayer Request for Buddy the Dog

From Buddy's owner:
Please pray for my friends dog "Buddy" he is a 13 year old Lab - they are waiting for blood work results as he is showing signs of renal failure - the family needs all the prayers they can get!
Please keep Buddy and all our seriously ill pets in your prayers.

Puppy Size - A Story Shared by Taz & Vlooi Grieving Owner

Kieran shared the following with me and I in turn would like to share it with all of you. Thank you so much Kieran for this beautiful story.
I found a story that helps to describe my love for Taz and Vlooi and I would like to share it with you:

Puppy Size

Danielle keeps repeating it over and over again. "We've been back to this animal shelter at least five times. It has been weeks now since we started all of this," the mother told the volunteer.

"What is it she keeps asking for?” the volunteer asked.

"'Puppy size!'" replied the mother.

"Well, we have plenty of puppies, if that's what she's looking for."

"I know... we have seen most of them", the mom said in frustration.

Just then Danielle came walking into the office

"Well, did you find one?" asked her mom. "No, not this time," Danielle said with sadness in her voice. "Can we come back on the weekend?"

The two women looked at each other, shook their heads and laughed. "You never know when we will get more dogs. Unfortunately, there's always a supply," the volunteer said.

Danielle took her mother by the hand and headed to the door. "Don’t worry, I'll find one this weekend," she said.

Over the next few days both Mom and Dad had long conversations with her.

They both felt she was being too particular. "It's this weekend or we're not looking anymore," Dad finally said in frustration.

"We don't want to hear anything more about 'puppy size', either," Mom added.

Sure enough, they were the first ones in the shelter on Saturday morning. By now Danielle knew her way around, so she ran right for the section that housed the smaller dogs.

Tired of the routine, mom sat in the small waiting room at the end of the first row of cages. There was an observation window so you could see the animals during times when visitors weren't permitted.

Danielle walked slowly from cage to cage, kneeling periodically to take a closer look. One by one the dogs were brought out and she held each one.
One by one she said, "Sorry, but you're not the one."

It was the last cage on this last day in search of the perfect pup.

The volunteer opened the cage door and the child carefully picked up the dog and held it closely. This time she took a little longer.

"Mom, that's it! I found the right puppy! He's the one! I know it!" She screamed with joy. "It's the puppy size!"

"But it's the same size as all the other puppies you held over the last few weeks," Mom said.

"No...Not size... The sighs. When I held him in my arms, he sighed", she said.

"Don’t you remember? When I asked you one day what love is, you told me love depends on the sighs of your heart. The more you love, the bigger the sigh!"

The two women looked at each other for a moment. Mom didn't know whether to laugh or cry. As she stooped down to hug the child, she did a little of both.

"Mom, every time you hold me, I sigh. When you and Daddy come home from work and hug each other, you both sigh. I knew I would find the right puppy if it sighed when I held it in my arms", she said.

Then, holding the puppy up close to her face, she said, "Mom, he loves
me. I heard the sighs of his heart!"

'Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away'

Taz and Vlooi made my heart sigh, as I was never more content, at peace, happy and loved then when I held them in my arms. It is nearly a month now since I lost my baby boy Taz and exactly one week since I lost my baby girl Vlooi. I miss them more and more each day and continue to cry for them. The pain never goes away, as Taz and Vlooi were something special and they could never be replaced. I just want to thank you for continuing to pray for my baby children and hope they are together and happy in heaven.

Bless you and Happy Easter,

URGENT Prayer Request for Patch the Cat

From Jon:
Please pray for our cat Patch. Patch is a shy retiring cat that has fallen ill with what the vets think is Leukemia. He was a feral cat that we took in along with his brother from a previous litter and his pregnant mother. All of these cats tested negative for Leukemia and they have lived inside exclusively since they came in. We felt so blessed that none of them were positive for this disease.

Last week we noticed Patch was hiding and did not look good so we took him to the vet and he was near death. He is a rare blood type and we gave a transfusion from his brother. He tested positive for Leukemia but when we sent out blood for a more definitive test it came back negative but indeterminate. Patch is so shy I am unwilling to take him back to the Vet. We tried but he simply will not go and I am convinced he would rather die than go back for more tests, which after all would really not tell us anything. So far we have two negative tests and one positive test and our other cats are negative but we know he is not replacing red blood cells.

Please pray for Patch. He is only two and of all the cats I have ever had and we have twelve now, he is the sweetest. We leave it with God but we would really like Patch to get better and stay with us for a long time.

Thank you for your prayers.
Please keep Patch and all our seriously ill pets in your prayers. We especially ask for Blessed Seelos' and St. Martin de Porres' intercession for healing if it be God's Will.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Prayer Request for Missing Pet Dog

From Tara and Clara:
I am emailing from Pooler, Georgia. Our 2 y/o border collie mix has been missing for 18 days now. We are sick with worry. He escaped our pet sitter on March 13th evening and an accident prevented us from making it home until two hours after the event. We have put up hundreds of dollars of posters, passed out hundreds of fliers door-to-door. We are asking for your help. Would you please be so kind as to pray for his safe return? I imagine him surrounded by a bubble of safety and light and going to a lady that will return him to us. Any help is appreciated more than you know.

I hope this email meets you in high spirits. Have a blessed Passover and Easter.
Please pray for this missing pet and all our missing pets. We especially invoke the aid of St. Anthony to help in bringing them all back home safe and sound.