Tomorrow Carter would have turned 11, but 25 days ago on Valentine’s Day morning, we laid Carter to a peaceful rest.
Cheryl has already begun the process of rebuilding our Family.
And the same day (yesterday) she shows me Carter’s breeder’s website, was the same day these ten tips on getting a puppy found their way to my inbox.
Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.
The tips are common sense but not common practice. Reading them reminded me how you get out of your Pet what you put into your Pet.
We put in a ton.
And still, Carter taught us more than we taught him.
Imminent. Looming. Threatening.
This is what we thought October 2008, just over a year ago.
Our beloved Canine Son, Carter, a nine-year old Yellow Lab, was very sick.
Our Vet spotted an unusual sore in the roof of Carter’s mouth during his routine annual exam two months prior.
The sore ate a hole in the roof of his mouth at an alarming rate – what seemed literally overnight. In hindsight, maybe we panicked.
We honestly thought that Carter may not see another weekend and we quickly made arrangements for “one last trip” to our favorite Family vacation spot, Sanibel Island.
We talked with our son (eight) about death. We talked about our favorite Carter memories. We talked about what we’d miss the most about Carter.
We said goodbye to Carter.
The Lord works in mysterious ways.
Carter is still with us. He still struggles with the complications from the hole when he drinks and eats, but overall, it’s a miracle he’s still here.
Tomorrow, the gift that visit brought us.