HOW MUCH MONEY should a human spend on a sick critter?
Buddy the Dog, on a scale of 1 to 10, is more than $500 sick at the moment.
He has been to the vet 3 times in the last half-week.
First it was a double ear infection. Now he has what appears to be a tummy ache.
The tummy ache may have something to do with that baby bunny he swallowed whole last week.
But I also wonder if he picked up some kind of virus during the two weeks we boarded him while we were on vacation.
Earlier this week he started gagging, as though trying to choke out a baby bunny fur ball.
In time, he started spitting up something that looked like mucus.
My wife, a nurse, called the vet.
Buddy the Dog’s doc said the gagging sound is actually the sound of a dog vomiting or dry heaving.
Sadly, Buddy the Dog was doing this quite often.
My wife took him to the vet. Three times so far.
Buddy the Dog has been
- IV’d to hydrate him.
- X-rayed to see if he had anything stuck in his throat.
- Tested for pancreatitis – negative on that, which is a good thing.
So, we’re looking at over $500, so far, with follow up to come. That’s on top of more than $600 to board Buddy the Dog for two weeks.
We never really stopped to anticipate the cost of Buddy the Dog when we rescued him after my wife saw him get hit by two cars. We just took him in.
Actually, my wife took in. I just happened to be here at the time.
I was talking with a good friend of mine this week about Buddy the Dog’s situation. My friend, Terry, a native of Trinidad, said that whenever a dog gagged like that, his father used to give the dog some cod liver oil…and the problem passed.
Take that any way you like, and you’ll be right.
I’ve wondered this week if the Bible said anything about how we should treat our pets.
I was sure there was nothing in there about how much money we should spend on them. But I figured there was something about the role humans have with animals.
Here’s what I came up with:
Good people are kind to their animals, but a mean person is cruel.
—Proverbs 12:10, CEV
Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature, so they can be responsible for….every animal that moves on the face of Earth.
—Genesis 1:26, The Message
Lord, you keep people and animals safe. How priceless your faithful love is!
—(Psalm 36:6-7, NIRV)
Here’s what I get out of that:
- God loves the critters.
- We are God’s children, which means we should resemble our Father and love critters, too.
- God has entrusted critters to our care.
The Bible is sometimes handy in helping us decide what to do. But I have found that God’s Spirit working within me is no less handy – sometimes more so.
Ironically, as far as Buddy the Dog would be concerned, God’s Spirit seems to talk to me through my gut.
What does my gut tell me?
Sell more books.
I’ve got vet bills to pay.
We get the kids out of the house, through college, and gainfully employed at a time when it’s tough to get kids employed, then my wife brings home a dog.