I know the “Big Bunny” is popular this time of year, but have you ever heard of the Easter Dog? It’s an honor to tell my friend Chris’s story about her beloved pet Allie who was born on Easter Day seven years ago. Allie is a gorgeous golden retriever who came to live with Chris, her husband Ray and their two children when she was just 12 weeks old. Everyone fell head over heals with this dog as she quickly became part of their family. But at 2 years old, Allie wasn’t acting like her usual playful self. Who could have foreseen this looming sickness about to strike?
After several tests and thousands in vet bills, the truth was discovered – a fatal bone marrow cancer known as leukemia. The doctor’s advice was to put her down soon so she wouldn’t suffer. With deep sadness, the family isolated themselves as they rallied around their best friend to spend the remaining time left with her. Fortunately, God had other plans!
On one particular Sunday, the family mustered their strength to attend church despite their depression. However, it just so happened that the sermon was on healing. During communion, all of the family along with a close friend joined together to pray for Allie. When they returned home, Chris’s 13-year-old son Eric declared that he just knew that Allie would be OK. Later that day, Chris climbed into Allie’s big crate and laid hands on Allie praying again. She felt a warm feeling all over her hands. Was this God’s love or healing power? She wasn’t sure, but she was going to believe.
Then, Chris felt the need to research some natural food remedies. With the Lord’s help, she found a website with a testimony of a dog just like Allie that was dramatically improved using a recipe of flax-seed oil, organic cottage cheese and natural dog food. Still believing for God’s healing, Chris felt this was certainly worth a try.
One day went by, and another, and then months went by. Suddenly Allie began to act like her normal self. So they returned to the doctor for further tests. All the blood work was found normal. Yea God for the great report!
So was it the power of the Lord? Or the new diet? Who knows for sure? Except that they got their miracle! “So Jesus answered and said to them, Have faith in God. … Therefore, I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:22,24
Thank you Chris and family for sharing your awesome story of God’s love – that He will even heal our pets if we ask. Truly Allie is an Easter Dog who received because you and your family believed. I know you share this redemptive story to anyone who will listen and I pray you have many more opportunities to pray for the sick.
Thanks God for healing Allie! I pray her story will do more than any hop-along bunny – to retrieve God’s resurrection blessings to raise up the sick – as we who are inspired continue to pray and believe.
Run, Easter Dog Run! ;-D