|This is truly
a great story.......
Anyone who has pets will really like this. You'll like it
even if you don't and you may even decide you need one!
Mary and her husband Jim had a dog named Lucky. Lucky
was a real character. Whenever Mary and Jim had company come
for a weekend visit they would warn their friends to
not leave their luggage open because Lucky would help
himself to whatever struck his fancy. Inevitably,
someone would forget and something would come up missing.
Mary or Jim would go to
Lucky's toy box in the basement and
there the treasure would be, amid all of
Lucky's other favorite toys. Lucky
always stashed his finds in his toy
box and he was very particular that his
toys stay in the box.
It happened that Mary found out she had
breast cancer. Something told her she
was going to die of this disease...in
fact; she was just sure it was fatal.
She scheduled the double mastectomy,
fear riding her shoulders. The night
before she was to go to the hospital she
cuddled with Lucky. A thought struck
her....what would happen to Lucky?
Although the three-year-old dog liked
Jim, he was Mary's dog through and
through. If I die, Lucky will be
abandoned, Mary thought. He won't
understand that I didn't want to leave
him! The thought made her sadder than
thinking of her own death.
The double mastectomy was harder on Mary
than her doctors had anticipated and
Mary was hospitalized for over two
weeks. Jim took Lucky for his evening
walk faithfully, but the little dog just
drooped, whining and miserable.
Finally the day came for Mary to leave
the hospital. When she arrived home,
Mary was so exhausted she couldn't even
make it up the steps to her bedroom.
Jim made his wife comfortable on the
couch and left her to nap..
Lucky stood watching Mary, but he didn't
come to her when she called. It made
Mary sad but sleep soon overcame her and
When Mary woke for a second she couldn't
understand what was wrong. She couldn't
move her head and her body felt heavy
and hot. But panic soon gave way to
laughter when Mary realized the problem.
She was covered, literally
blanketed, with every treasure Lucky
owned! While she had slept,
the sorrowing dog had made trip after
trip to the basement bringing his
beloved mistress all his favorite things
in life. he had covered her with his
Mary forgot about dying. Instead she
and Lucky began living again, walking
further and further together every day..
It's been 12 years now and Mary is still
cancer-free. Lucky still steals
treasures and stashes them in his toy
box, but Mary remains his greatest
Remember.....live every day to the
fullest. Each minute is a blessing from
God. And never forget....the people who
make a difference in our lives are not
the ones with the most credentials, the
most money, or the most awards. They
are the ones that care for us.
If you see someone without a smile today
give them one of yours! Live simply.
Love seriously. Care deeply. Speak
kindly. Leave the rest to God
Dear God, I pray for the cure of cancer.