Always with us

We always had animals when we were younger. I don’t have a single memory that didn’t have at least one in it. The two dogs that touched my heart the most is a cattle dog named Smokey and a little terrier named Tiffany. These were the most loyal of dogs not only to us but to each other. One didn’t go anywhere without the other and when it was time to sleep they cuddled next to each other as one. Smokey was a digger and every day he would find that special place to dig and make his way under the fence. As soon as the perfect hole was dug out and we were at school or work, he would get out and take himself on a walk for an hour or so then come back through before we got home. Tiffany would always follow him NEVER letting him out of her sight. Even though Tiffany was a petite dogs she had the fight of a much larger one. She didn’t have a little dog syndrome she was just very protective over her brother. One day it was exceptionally hot and Smokey had wondered into a different neighborhood that he was unfamiliar with. Himself and Tiffany made a stop at someone’s house for a rest under a tree in the front yard. The homeowner noticed the dynamic duo and walked out to say hello. Tiffany would not let the man near her overweight exhausted brother. After a while the man had gone into the house and retrieved some treats to occupy them while he read their collars. The man called us and we were able to bring our animals home. Praise God! Many years later Smokey had reached his life’s end and died in our backyard. When we came home we called the dogs in but met without an answer I went to look for them. Smokey looked so peaceful I thought that he was sleeping and there laid Tiffany cuddled up next to his belly. We buried Smokey having a nice funeral. The next few weeks we would find Tiffany sitting where Smokey died when we got home from school. She never really got over the death of her friend and brother. Even after death she never left his side. This reminds me so much of our Heavenly Father. He never ever leaves our side, no matter what and can always be found as long as we seek Him. He is with us in bad times, good times and everything in between.

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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