I have always had a passion for animals, and knew I had to get involved when I came across two huskies belonging to a young Marine on a Facebook group I follow. The group is for men and women that get deployed and need to find a temporary home for their animals while they’re serving.
The foster family he lined up had fallen through, and he was going to have to give up his beloved dogs while he was serving overseas for a year. I could only imagine the devastation he was feeling.
My husband and I talked it over and decided to take on the challenge. Since we already have two huskies of our own, and are both retired military officers, we felt a special prompting from the Lord that this was a way to show His love to others. Even though we were a little daunted by the idea of having four huskies, our desire to serve outweighed that concern.
It’s been a joy lavishing love and building an incredible bond with these dogs, but also getting to invest in some cool friendships with people at our dog park. They want to hear how we ended up with four huskies, and it has given us a chance to just listen and share. Our Thanksgiving table was full this year—it wasn’t just our four canines, but several of our friends (and their dogs) joined us too.
I love knowing Jesus has called me to serve in this way. Now if only He could help me with all the shedding.
Louisa KwagalaFebruary 21, 2018 at 4:10 pm
It’s amazing how we serve God differently yet in a heartfelt way. God bless you for being obedient to him.
DebraMarch 4, 2018 at 12:36 am
what an unbelievable blessing you both are!! that is such a needed ministry and what a way to show Christ’s love……..because He does care about our animals………..and they are such a part of us……when that soldier comes home and is greeted by his fur babies, what a joy to witness ………….
JackApril 6, 2020 at 3:57 pm
Just read the book “tuesday” about a golden retriever that helps a wounded soldier with PTSD. The organization has helped hundreds of clients with these super animals. Having a golden of my own I can only imagine the bonded between them
BobApril 6, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Yes! Thanks for doing what you and your husband are doing, and for sharing that with us. Listen, Trust, Obey. Listen, Trust, Obey. You show love for God, for people, and for the animals! What a complete circle! And you’re laying up treasure in heaven because you are being obedient! Now that’s a real win-win!
Sally CrosbyMay 18, 2021 at 2:00 pm
We have a huskie named Ranger who we took in for a Veteran with PTSD and we opened our hearts and took him in and has been a true blessing to us since we are retired and my husband disabled . He is so sweet and has enriched our lives as our comfort companion. We could not imagine our life without him. . My daughter is a full time student and works full time me so her life is very stressful. He adores her and is sensitive to her moods. He is a true comfort to all of us. We are truly blessed! And yes the shedding outweighs what he has brought to our lives! ???