Our loyal friend Bernie was truly in bad shape. He contracted, or developed, Pancreatitis at the age of 5. Thought we would have to put him down by the age of 6, because of that fact. But he was truly a trooper and fought on in life. Just prior to turning 10 years old, he developed a cough and began to go into liver failure, potentially had Cushing’s Disease, which probably exacerbated all of his other problems. At eleven o’clock, Sunday, October 9th, 2016 he was first injected with a sedative to induce sleeping and then the final injection to end his pain.
He was a loyal, fun-loving dog, who would take over your whole life and had this tendency to jump up on the bed and rest his head on your arm or chest. And yes, being a Boxer he was 100 pounds, so it was no easy feat to handle…but he was family…like our very own child! We cried rivers of tears because he was removed from our lives. Something that happens to each and every one of us! Life is something that no one gets our alive. Of course, when we got home from the vet’s office, we found his ball right where he left it…dogs never seem to pick up after themselves, do they? But it was just another subtle reminder he was no longer with us.
One of the last pictures of him looking off into the distance. As though, he and Akyra (our other Boxer, which we thought we would lose earlier in the summer; see also Have you ever…) were looking off into the great abyss to view his travel plans. Ahhhh, the imagination of man. It truly keeps you guessing, doesn’t it? But it is almost like she was also saying that it was “alright” for him to move on without her. Knowing that he had so many problems going on for so long.
You may be wondering why I am blathering on about my family’s relationship to a dog, a pet – referring to hims as a child. Well, I am getting to that…
In the Book of Jonah, Jonah 4 to be exact, where God prepared a plant to yield some shade for Jonah as he laid in wait for the Ninevietes to renege on their repentance to God, because he hated them. But Jonah gained a fondness for the plant. Much like man of our day gains a fondness and love for a pet. Even though they are less than a man in the eyes of God, but they are created all for His glory and His goodness. But there is a purpose for pets and plants to be in our lives and they work to God’s ultimate purpose in teaching us that our fellow man is who is created in God’s image and likeness. That being said, man is who has a soul which can be redeemed through the grace of God and salvation in Jesus Christ.
In your pain, as in my own, God can teach us great things in order to further our understanding, as well as, show that our loyalties are wrongly placed, or that we need to fulfill His plan in another manner. Just as Jonah learned by wishing his own death due to the loss of the plant which the Lord had prepared (see Jonah 4:6). Just food for thought for those out there who are going through the same pain as both my wife and I.
And just for your information I do believe that all animals, created by God will go to heaven, below are a few passages of scripture that, in my opinion, lead me to believe so to be true:
“You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created” (Revelation 4:11, NKJV)
“Everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him; yes, I have made him” (Isaiah 43:7, NKJV)
“Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so.” (Genesis 1:24 NKJV)
May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!
MK Murphy, PhD, DD