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The Pretty One
by Roger Dean Kiser, Sr.
This was the last litter of puppies we were going to allow our Cocker Spaniel to have. It had been a very long night for me. Precious, our only black cocker, was having a very difficult time with the delivery of her puppies.
I laid on the floor beside her large four-foot square cage, watching her every movement. Watching and waiting just in case we had to rush her to the veterinarian.
After six hours the puppies started to appear. The first-born was a black and white party dog. The second and third puppies were tan and brown in color. The fourth and fifth were also spotted black and white. "one, two, three, four, five," I counted to myself as I walked down the hallway to wake up Judy and tell her that everything was fine. As we walked back down the hallway and into the spare bedroom, I noticed a sixth puppy had been born and was now laying all by itself over to the side of the cage. I picked up the small puppy and laid it on top of the large pile of puppies, who were whining and trying to nurse on the mother. Instantly Precious pushed the small puppy away from the rest of the group and refused to recognize it as a member of her family.
"Something's wrong," said Judy.
I reached over and picked up the puppy. My heart sank inside my chest when I saw the little puppy had a cleft lip and palate and could not close its little mouth. We had gone through this once before last year with another one of our cockers. That experience really hurt me when the puppy died and I had to bury it. If there was any way to save this animal I was going to give it my best shot.
All the puppies born that night, with the exception of the one small pup, were very valuable because of their unusual coloring. Most would bring between five to seven hundred dollars each. The next day I took the puppy to the vet. I was told nothing could be done unless we were willing to spend about a thousand dollars to try and correct the defect. He told us that the puppy would die mainly because it could not suckle.
After returning home Judy and I decided that we could not afford to spend that kind of money without getting some type of assurances from the vet that the puppy had a chance to live. However, that did not stop me from purchasing a syringe and feeding the puppy by hand, which I did every day and night, every two hours, for more than ten days. After that the little guy had learned to eat on his own as long as it was soft canned food.
The fifth week I placed an ad in the newspaper, and within a week we had taken deposits on all of the pups, except the one with the deformity.
Late that afternoon I had gone to the store to pick up a few groceries. Upon returning I happened to see the old retired schoolteacher, who lived across the street from us, waving at me. She had read in the paper that we had puppies for sale and was wondering if she might buy one from us for her grandson. I told her all the puppies had been sold, but I would keep my eyes open for anyone else who might have a cocker spaniel for sale. I also mentioned we never kept a deposit should someone change their mind, and if so I would let her know. Within days all but one of the puppies had been picked up by their new owners. This left me with one brown and tan cocker as well as the smaller puppy with the cleft lip and palate.
Two days passed without me hearing anything from the gentleman who had placed a deposit on the tan and brown pup. So I telephoned the schoolteacher and told her I had one puppy left and that she was welcome to come and look at it. She advised me that she was going to pick up her grandson and would come over at about eight o'clock that evening. Judy and I were eating supper when we heard a knock on the front door. When I opened the door, the man who had placed a $100 deposit on the dog was standing there. We walked inside where I filled out the paperwork, he paid me the balance of the money, and I handed him the puppy.
Judy and I did not know what to do or say if the teacher showed up with her grandson. Sure enough at exactly eight o'clock the doorbell rang. I opened the door, and there was the schoolteacher with her grandson standing behind her. I explained to her the man had come for the puppy just an hour before, and there were no puppies left.
"I'm sorry, Jeffery. They sold all the puppies," she told her grandson. Just at that moment the small puppy left in the bedroom began to yelp. "My puppy! My puppy!" yelled the little boy as he ran out from behind his grandmother.
I just about fell over when I saw that the small child also had a cleft lip and palate. The boy ran past me as fast as he could, down the hallway to where the puppy was still yelping.
When the three of us made it to the bedroom, the small boy was holding the puppy in his arm. He looked up at his grandmother and said, "Look Grandma. They sold all the puppies except the pretty one, and he looks just like me."
Well, old Grandma wasn't the only one with tears in her eyes that day. Judy and I stood there, not knowing what to do.
"Is this puppy for sale?" asked the schoolteacher.
"My grandma told me these kind of puppies are real expensive and that I have to take real good care of it," said the little boy, who was now hugging the puppy.
"Yes, ma'am. This puppy is for sale."
The lady opened her purse, and I could see several one-hundred dollar bills sticking out of her wallet. I reached over and pushed her hand back down into her purse so that she would not pull her wallet out.
"How much do you think this puppy is worth?" I asked the boy.
"About a dollar?" He replied.
"No. This puppy is very, very expensive. More than a dollar," I told him.
"I'm afraid so," said his grandmother.
The boy stood there pressing the small puppy against his cheek.
"We could not possibly take less than two dollars for this puppy," Judy said, squeezing my hand. "Like you said, it's the pretty one." she continued.
The schoolteacher took out two dollars and handed it to the young boy. "It's your dog now, Jeffery. You pay the man."
I think it must be a wonderful feeling for any young person to look at their selves in the mirror and see nothing except "the pretty one."
Roger Dean Kiser, Sr.
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Creation Q & A
Q: Why do many Christians accept evolution?
A: Unfortunately, many Christians--in fact, many pastors--accept some form of evolution and try to add it to the Bible. They say that God could have used evolutionary processes over millions of years to bring about plants, animals, and finally man. Many accept molecule-to-man evolution because they believe that science has "proven" that the earth is millions of years old, so they simply attach God to the process.
But this view, called "theistic evolution," is actually destructive to the gospel message. Of course, this does not mean that people who believe in theistic evolution aren't Christians, since the Bible teaches that believing in and confessing Christ's death and resurrection is the key to salvation. However, they are being very inconsistent in their faith.
The Bible clearly teaches that when God created Adam and Eve, the world was perfect (i.e., "very good"). There was no death and bloodshed. But because of the sin of Adam, God brought death as a judgment into the world. Of course, He also provided a means by which man could be reconciled to his Creator.
But a Christian who believes in evolution over eons as told by evolutionists must also believe that God used death and bloodshed over millions of years as a way to bring man into existence. For them, the fossil record is not a sign of God's judgment in the Flood, but of the cruel nature of the world they believe God created. However, if death is not a result of the Fall, then why would God need to send His Son to save us from death? In this view, cancer, pain, and death would simply be part of the original plan.
But thank God this is not the true history of the world. Death came into the world because of sin, but Christ came to the earth and died to save us from sin and death. There is no room for death before sin, and no room for the evolutionary myth in the Bible.
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Be sure to come back and visit each day for an informative article that will help you keep up to date on the latest news in this controversial area!
Thought For The Day
"Here is the test to see if your mission here on earth is
finished: If you are alive, it isn't." --Richard Bach
Verse for the Day
"For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my
people; my chosen ones will long enjoy the works of
Kid's Thought For The Day
"Sometimes you need a little push to go down the big slide."
Parent's Thought For The Day
"If your baby is 'beautiful and perfect, never cries or fusses,
sleeps on schedule and burps on demand, an angel all the
time', you're the grandma." --Theresa Bloomingdale
Coach's Thought For The Day
"We're never as good as we think we are, nor as bad as
we think we are."
Writer's Thought for the Day
"Use plain, simple language, short words and brief sentences.
That is the way to write English -- it is the modern way and the
best way. Stick to it; don't let fluff and flowers and verbosity
creep in. When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don't mean
utterly, but kill most of them -- then the rest will be valuable.
A wordy habit, once fastened upon a person, is as hard to
get rid of as any other vice." --Mark Twain
Deep Thought For The Day
"Drive-in banking was invented so cars could go in and
see their real owners."
Inspired Audio -- Inspirational Audio Message of the Week!
Inspired Audio is a brand new offshoot of HeartTouchers.com. Every week we will offer a different audio message that you can listen to right on your comput as you are surfing the net or just getting things done around the house. Be sure to come back and visit each week!
This Week: "The Young and the Restless" by Author Michael T. Powers
From the E-mail Box
Thank you is not enough but I send it with deep regards for the story "Boys of Iwo Jima". I have read it over and over today.I sent it on to family and friends.It was great. It is a wonderful tribute and remarkable story of the young men that fought and died on that barren island.
I am the widow of an enlisted navy retiree, mother of a Capt.in the US Navy (Naval Attache' to Thailand and Myranmar ,a helo pilot and Gulf War Vet),grandmother of an enlisted navy man, step grandmother of a navy LTJ pilot and sister and sister-in-law to men that served nearly sixty years in the military. Combined my men folk have over 100 years of military service. I have pride in what they did and still do. They are part of the United States Military.
God bless the USA!
Your Batman story touched a place deep in my heart. My sons, ages 29 and 23, were Batman and Robin. When Walter, 29, was 3 we bought him a Batman costume for Halloween. He wore it for 3 or 4 years. He always insisted he was Batman and his brother was Robin. They both wanted us to have another baby, a sister, to play Batgirl.
I'm so glad you know how important it is to cherish each and every opportunity you have to spend time with your sons. Take it from a mother who know how fast the years fly by. Before you know it your little ones will be grown and you'll be a grandfather.
Anyway, God Bless you and your lovely family!
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