Another family dog died. Yesterday my Mom told me the sad news that Little Bear, my sister Kim’s 17-year-old pug died of natural causes.
The last time I saw Bear, around the holidays, he was very sickly. Thin to the bone. We all knew it was just a matter of time.
But Little Bear had a wonderful life and a great testimony, thanks to my Mom.
Mom got Little Bear for Kim from a breeder. About a week after she got him, the puppy wasn’t walking right. Then two after that he wasn’t walking at all, but dragging his body around on the ground. None of his little legs were working. And this poor thing was just a puppy! It was devastating to see a little thing so helpless.
My Mom called the breeder and expressed the concern.
The breeder was such an idiot and said, “You can bring the dog back and we’ll give you another one.”
My Mom said, “Why, so you can put him down?!” She would not have it! She continued, screaming, “We don’t want another dog! We’re attached to this one now. I’LL TAKE CARE OF HIM!”
It was only the mid-1990s and not much was known about holistic health, but my mother found an all natural therapy on the internet that would help the puppy’s bones. It was some natural bone health product that was put in the puppy’s food. Within two weeks Little Bear was not only walking, but running!
That summer my sister, Kim and I took Little Bear to a Walk For Animals fundraiser. The little puppy that couldn’t even walk not too long before did a two-mile walk with us! At the end of the walk, Kim, Bear and I had our photo and story in the local newspaper as a “success story.”
Imagine — a puppy that couldn’t even walk two months earlier, fixed up and good as gold!
Thanks to my Mom, Little Bear lived a long happy life. He was a good dog and will be missed.