Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Gifted for Living Victoriously

I don't mean to complain, but why didn't my vet suggest the miracle Hip Hound Splint for dogs with weak hips? Honeybun is doing fantastically well, and I had to find the solution all on my own. I head back for laser treatment #7 today, but I plan to show the vet the splint and urge him to tell other dog owners about this non-surgical, inexpensive alternative. Honeybun was racing around the house today in her splint. It may not be a cure, but it is a very good alternative for an older dog. She looks like she is wearing hotpants, but what do you want to bet that in a month, all the cool dogs will be sporting similar adornments? When folks ask me what my dog is wearing, I laugh and tell them, "You mean your dog doesn't have one of these?"

Actually, I don't really say that, but I plan to start.

And let this be a motivator to all of you who depend on the "experts" for guidance. Don't ignore the experts- they often have a lot of valuable experience and wisdom. However, there is a lot to be said for good old-fashioned self-reliance, diligence, and common sense. This brace that is helping my dog so much was not developed by a vet. It was developed by dog lovers who thought: if the hip is loose and the joint unstable, let's put pressure gently on it to keep it in place. I am not a vet...I don't even play one on TV...but that is exactly what I thought after the vet described Honeybun's problem and that is the word search description I googled. That's how I found "hip hound" made by Orthodog.

God gave us brains to think, legs and feet to walk, and hands to create wonderful works with. Then He urged us to use them. It seems to me near sacrilege to have been handed all these gifts, and let them atrophy. We are commanded to trust and rely on God, and of course to pray unceasingly in all matters. But we are not told to give up and roll over and let the fine mind and body we have been given contribute nothing to the process of living for His glory. We are gifted uniquely by God to live life abundantly, and victoriously. My new heroes are the developers of the "hip hound" brace. Maybe helping a lame dog seems inconsequential to the Kingdom of God, but it has reminded me that those who seek, FIND. Those who just complain and sit on their tushes often don't find what they are looking for, other than pity. And pity is a poor substitute for success.


You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13 NASB)

-save a dog-

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