“As I drove over there, I did not know what was going to happen. I did not know if she would last through the night. But I knew God was leading me, so I just simply followed. And I am so happy that I did! I could have turned away and brought her home to let her pass. But I knew I had to go to this place…..”
This is Miley. She is nine years old, and I adopted her in 2010 when she was 8 weeks old. Miley is a terrier, corgi, lab, goldie mutt (I know she doesn’t look like a goldie, but her mom was!). She has always been a fiercely loyal dog, and she’s been the best watch dog. I have every confidence that she would bark away any bad guys. She loves my kids, and is never far from them wherever they are in the house.
I have forever joked that Miley would outlive us all. She’s a trash digging, scrap eating dog. It has never phased her. And she’s never been sick!
Last Tuesday, I noticed that she hadn’t eaten her food for almost a full day. That was highly usual for her. Sometimes, she grazes over her food and comes back an hour later to eat it. But it’s not like her to leave it completely untouched.
I started to notice that she wasn’t barking anymore or leaping up at us when the kids and I came in the door.
Over the next 24 hours, Miley started to decline rapidly. All the sudden, she was limping and could barely walk. Aside from everything else, that’s when I knew something was very seriously wrong.
It was 4pm on Thursday, and the kids and I, along with Miley on a makeshift bed in the back of my explorer, headed to the vet. The vet tech came back and took her temp, and it was a 106.9 fever! The vet came in a re-checked the temp with a different thermometer to double check, and it shot right up to 106.9.
They immediately took her back to give her an IV of fluids, which brought her temp down slightly.
This whole time, I’m freaking out internally because 1.) I was so worried for her, but was trying to remain positive for the kids and 2.) How the heck will I pay for her treatments and medicine? I knew this would be an expensive trip. I’m a single mom that lives basically paycheck to paycheck. That’s not something I advertise, but hey, it’s real. And that’s the point of this blog.
I finally did explain my financial situation to them, and bless the good people at Trinity Animal Hospital off Alicia in Orange County, they didn’t charge me for the bag of fluids.
By that time, it was getting close to their closing time, so they sent us to Animal Urgent Care of SOC in Mission Viejo, which is an overnight urgent care.
As I am driving there, I am having an internal conversation with myself and God. Should we go here? God, how will I afford this OVERNIGHT stay for her? And my mind went darker, what is the point at which I would put her down?
We get there, and poor Miley is panting, extremely tired and weak. They ushered her back right away to get her hooked up to an IV.
We went in to a room, and after they assessed her, the vet tech came in with a summary of what her estimated treatments and bill will look like in the morning.
What she said next shocked me, and I knew that God was extremely present in that moment.
“Someone by the name of ………….. just called, and she wants to take care of the entire bill for you.”
I stood there in disbelief. And then the tears came in as realization settled in. I had no idea who this woman was. I don’t know what her faith is, but she must have had some kind of nagging in her heart. That’s the Holy Spirit.
What would have happened if she ignored that feeling? My dog would have died. It scares me to think of how many times that I have felt that familiar nagging feeling in my heart and ignored it. How many times have I said “No” to God?
BUT she said “yes”, and answered the call. And my Miley was able to receive the overnight care and medications that she so desperately needed.
Once again, GOD SHOWED UP. Jesus said in Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20
As I drove over there, I did not know what was going to happen. I did not know if she would last through the night. But I knew God was leading me, so I just simply followed. And I am so happy that I did! I could have turned away and brought her home to let her pass. But I knew I had to go to this place.
I love when God does this. You’re scared and very nervous. And then He’s like BAM! Wassup? Miracle for YOU! And a miracle for YOU! EVERYBODY HERE GET’S MIRACCCCLLLLLLLLEEESSSSSSS!
I love this imagery, and it’s fun to paint it that way, but that’s how it feels! When you are following where God is leading you, when you listen to the silent messages He gives you, He always shows up. He will never leave you, and rest assured He will always be with you when you go through tough times.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; Do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
So to the woman who helped save my dog, I will be forever thankful. I will use this lesson of selflessness and pay it forward.
Update: She’s doing great on antibiotics and is at home with us!