Sunday, October 12, 2008


A little Chihuahua showed up at our house last May covered in ticks and very ill. Her tongue and gums were white from so much blood loss. We wrapped her in a towel and brought her in the house and placed her in the tub and started with the tick shampoo, dip, baking soda and anything else we could think of to put on her. We estimated 300+ ticks covered her neck, head, ears and body.

We succeeded in removing 1/3 of the ticks and knew that tomorrow we would have to start all over if she made it through the night. I cooked her some liver and warmed her some milk and fed her as she lay weak and listless in the crate.

The next morning she was alive and we proceeded to cover her with 7-dust. This time we were successful in removing almost all the ticks and were happy to see that the remaining were dead or dying.

After 2 weeks of a liver and warm milk diet, her gums and tongue began to turn pink. We scheduled a visit to the vet where they diagnosed her with Tick Fever.

Because she is forever under my feet or behind me we named her Shadow. She has gained her health and a family that loves her. She is still skittish after months of love and special attention. By our actions, I hope with time she will learn to trust us.

I see that is so many ways I am like Shadow....God took me all covered in sin and hurting and washed everything away. Yet, I struggle to put my full trust and love in Him.

Psalms 147:3 "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds"


Anonymous said...

HOORAY YOUR BACK! I love your blogs and the applications from each story that I can learn from.
I am always amazed at how much you
care for the unlovely, dogs and people. We need more people like you in the world. Mom

Anonymous said...

It sure is great having a dog with a dog name, and not named after some mushroom. I no longer have to be a connoisseur to remember our dog's name. Daryl

nb said...

I'd say Shadow is one smart dog. She picked just the right family to adopt. :)

David Kirk said...

Hey! The unlovable and unlovely are glad you are back!

Anonymous said...

That was good. I like reading your blogs. They are very encourging.

G. Feeny

Monalea said...

Mom, You are so precious and I've learned so very much from you.

Daryl, I love you!

nb, I have missed you.

David, Thanks!

G. Feeny - Glad I can encourage you!


Donnak said...

Shadow is the same color as Ginger (hence her name) except she has a pink nose instead of black.

I enjoyed the visit today! :)