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The Passing of Our Beloved Honey Bear and How God Walked Us Through It
On July 11, 2023, after a long life of 12 1/2 years, my wife and I made the heartbreaking decision to have our golden retriever Honey Bear put to sleep. She reached a point of bodily pain and discomfort due to several tumors that kept growing all over her body (including on those extra sensitive areas), sores that were no longer healing after treatment, urinary tract infections that continued to come back shorty after they were treated causing terrible discomfort and pain, no longer wanted to go for walks, no longer wanted to play with her toys, she had extreme difficulty getting up, her fur was falling out, and started leaving some bits of food in her bowl or not eating her food until later (which was never the case before).
Honey was an amazing companion. From the moment I laid eyes on her as a small puppy (with low blood sugar and worms tucked away in a corner opposite her litter), to picking up groceries, tons of walks, playing tug, running around in the snow in Houston of all places, watching me cook, hanging out with us on the patio or pool side on her blanket, and lived with us in several apartments throughout her life. She was the constant in our lives despite the constant changes we experienced throughout the last twelve years. She was like a daughter to us. So making the decision to end her life was the hardest thing I have ever had to do in all my 46 years of living.
The week leading up to her last day I continued to asked The Lord if He was willing to heal my dog that He would, but instead of healing her He counseled and comforted me through it with the scriptures. He started by reminding me of the death of Moses in Deuteronomy 34:1-8. Showing me that death must come, but we that have control over another individual’s life should not allow them to suffer in pain, agony, sickness, distress, and physical deterioration after the love and devotion they showed us through their lives. We should plan for it if we can and give them a wonderful last moment, lasts days, or last weeks. For Moses had all his strength and strong eyesight when that day came. Afterwards The Lord personally buried his body. For The Lord only buried Moses in all of the scriptures. Moses also got to see the Promise Land from a mountain top on his last day, and Honey got lots of treats and got to go to special places during her last week. Just before she was put to sleep she got to eat a chocolate covered donut.
The second passage He reminded me of was a story He told to King David through the prophet Nathan in order that David could unknowingly pass judgment on his own actions with Bathsheba and being responsible for her husbands death. Through the story He showed me that He sees the love and strong bond we share with our closest pets. For He even uses it in His story for David to judge. So remember that when someone says dismissive things like, “It’s just an animal” or “it’s just a dog so move on and get another one”. Yes, getting another puppy can distract you from the heartbreak and grief somewhat, but no dog no matter how sweet they are is a replacement for the one you sent to your Heavenly Father’s house.
The third scripture came from one of King Solomon’s proverbs that says, “A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal, But even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.” A righteous man regards the health of his animal and acts accordingly. Even if that leads to making life ending decisions. For a wicked man will not do this for their animal, but will ignore the problem and continue to feed their animal while turning a blind eye to their suffering.
The forth passage came from John’s gospel about Jesus’s childhood friend Lazarus getting sick and dying. He arrived four days after he had died with the intention on healing him. When Jesus came He saw everyone mourning and weeping including Lazarus’s sister. Before He resurrected Lazarus He also wept. Why did He wait? Why didn’t He just say to those that delivered the message to Him about Lazarus being sick, “Go your way friends, for this hour Lazarus is healed”? We must remember that The Lord does everything for a purpose. That purpose is never for evil against us, but for prospering us in the way of righteousness and growth.
Lastly, the passage of scripture He reminded me of was, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” This is a promise from Him. For He sees us when we mourn and He comforts us through others around us, and by the Holy Spirit. For we are never alone when we are in Christ.
If you are going through a loss of a beloved fur child my heart goes out to you. You will always remember them and think of them fondly. Grieving for your beloved fur child is completely understandable, and by no means should anyone make you feel stupid for doing so.
Scripture passages:
Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho. There the Lord showed him the whole land—from Gilead to Dan, all of Naphtali, the territory of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the Mediterranean Sea, the Negev and the whole region from the Valley of Jericho, the City of Palms, as far as Zoar. Then the Lord said to him, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacobwhen I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.” And Moses the servant of the Lord died there in Moab, as the Lord had said. He buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is. Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone. The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, until the time of weeping and mourning was over. Deuteronomy 34:1-8
Then the LORD sent Nathan to David. And he came to him and said, “There were two men in a city, the one wealthy and the other poor. The wealthy man had a great many flocks and herds. “But the poor man had nothing at allexcept one little ewe lamb which he bought and nurtured; and it grew up together with him and his children. It would eat scraps from him and drink from his cup and lie in his lap, and was like a daughter to him. “Now a visitor came to the wealthy man, and he could not bring himself to take any animal from his own flock or his own herd, to prepare for the traveler who had come to him; So he took the poor man’s ewe lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.” 2 Samuel 12:1-4
A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal, But even the compassion of the wicked is cruel. Proverbs 12:10
When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. Jesus wept. John 11:33-35
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
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RIP, Bear. Such a sweet face! Go to your Maker and rest in His arms!
July 19, 2023
Farley Dunn
A beautiful face filled with love! You will miss him. Much sympathy to you.
July 19, 2023
Feeding the Flock Ministry
Thank you brother. Honey was truly a blessing to have for the 12 1/2 years we had her. Now she’s in heaven having a great time free of pain and decay. I look forward to seeing her after this life is complete. 😊
July 25, 2023