Yesterday our sweet 2 year old boxer Abby got hit by a car on the highway we live on. No one stopped. We didn't even know it had happened until our very kind neighbor brought her to our porch. It was clear that her leg was badly broken. She was in a lot of pain and bleeding profusely. Kyle and my stepdad loaded her up in the kind neighbor's truck and rushed her to the emergency vet. After several hours the vet took some xrays and at first said it was just broken and would need minor surgery. He was gonna splint her up and send her home. Then after seeing the xrays he realized that it was a bad break. Right on the joint where it is very hard to fix. Surgery would be expensive and may or may not work. Amputation or fusion was an option but neither bode well for poor Abby's future. Kyle brought her home for the evening so we could pray and decide what to do. Well our poor doggy was miserable all night long. Even taking twice the dose of pain meds didn't ease her. She literally cried all night long and even screamed out a few times.
After much worry, praying, and sadness we decided that the best we could do was to have her put to sleep. It would be costly and time consuming to find a vet to fix her. With 2 small kids at home we knew that recovery would be difficult if not impossible. It had been all we could do the one night to keep them away from her. We went to church this morning with heavy hearts and eyelids. After church we let the kids spend some time loving on her and then we explained to them that Abby was not going to make it. That we did not want her to suffer anymore. They handled it pretty well. Then we put them down for nap, spent a little while longer with her and then Kyle loaded her in the van.
A little over an hour later he called me back. He said he would not be bringing Abby's body home. I was thinking OH NO what on earth had happened?? A lady that works with the vet wanted to keep Abby! She obviously has access to more medical treatment for her and will know how to manage her pain so much better! She doesn't have any kids to worry about and she will be able to get the expensive surgery for Abby!!! While we are so so sad to have lost our family pet we truly feel like God stepped in today. He turned our pain into a blessing! It is amazing where He makes a way when there is no way.
Thank you Jesus for our Christmas present today and for the ultimate gift and sacrifice when you gave your life on the cross for our sins!