Meet Riley. He’s our 2 year old Maltese. This may seem odd to some, but he is very much a part of my family. In fact, Jaclyn and I have treated him like our kid.
This past Friday, I received a phone call with some tragic news. Riley was hit by a car and had been rushed to a vet. X-rays showed that his pelvis was busted into several pieces and he wasn’t expected to make it. After I hung up the phone I cried like I haven’t in a long time. I hit my knees and asked God for His intervention. Then, I tried to plan how I would tell my wife our little pup was gone. My daughter would certainly miss him.
The 1st night was awful. Riley received constant care and attention from the vet, but all they could do was give him something for the pain. No one offered a hope for his survival. Even if he did pull through, surgery would be a must and would likely cost between $7,000-$10,000. That’s a lot of money and would force us to make a very difficult, financial-based decision. We determined to take it one step at a time. The first goal –just hang on for the night buddy. We prayed & then cried ourselves to sleep wondering, does God even heal dogs? Sure, He heals people, but a pet?
Riley made it through that night. In fact, he made it through the entire weekend with only a bit of morphine for comfort. Our family has been on edge as we waited for the diagnosis of THE doctor (a specialist). This morning, at 9AM, we were relieved with some great news. Riley’s busted up body would be able to heal. He would undergo surgery and it would only cost a third of the original price quoted.
It would seem that God does indeed heal dogs.
Our Twitter & Facebook friends have been awesome! Thank you all for the prayers. We are blown away by your encouragement.
UPDATES ON RILEY:
- Sept 14 at 2PM: Riley went under the knife.
- Sept 14 at 3:30PM: Surgery was a success. He has some additional parts (literally, nuts & bolts). He will stay w/ the vet for a couple days. After that, he’ll come home but will have to be crated for 6 weeks. Poor thing, but certainly better than the alternative.
- Read the comment from “Brandy” below (about 13 comments down this page). She is my mother and has been w/ Riley through this entire process. She has a unique telling of how God has been involved.
- Sept 16: Riley is still w/ the vet. He’s recovering well and will actually be coming home tomorrow (Sept 17). He will have to be crated for 6 weeks and wear one of those silly lampshade things on his head. It will still be tough, but thats much better than the alternative.