Finally the day is here and I can share the good news. We have brought home a puppy to our children’s home in Uganda!!! We have been searching since last November for a good quality breeder of German Shepherd puppies. Every time Robert would traipse to far corners of Kampala to see one he’d wrinkle his nose and say, “that’s not a purebred.” With children we do not want to take any chance of there being wild dog in our pet.
So finally this Sunday after church they went to pick up puppy. I had sent instructions about how to welcome a scared little puppy into the home and they were meant to be quiet but their excitement exploded. The children have been anticipating this event for many months. I’ve been checking my inbox eagerly waiting for the photos. When I woke up this morning the first photos arrived. Phiona has asked me now as I write, please hold off on the blog because I am trying to send more photos because the internet is so slow
His name is Samson and he is eight weeks old. He is not only going to be a best friend to these children but also he will be the best protector. We need a night guard that won’t steal all our goods and who will just work for food! Happily I might add.
So many of you reading this blog have donated to make this puppy come be a part of the family. Thank you! What a difference a dog can make in children’s little broken hearts. Everyone knows I am animal crazy (I haven’t even shared yet that we now have a resident bunny…pictures and stories coming this week). I believe that animals are good for the soul. With all the species of animals we are experiencing in our family, canine, feline, equine and whatever the word is for rabbit, I know there is nothing on earth like the love shared between human and dog. It is pure. I love my horse, but really, Lucy loves me more than anyone and I feel it. I think my dog teaches me how to love with more unconditional choices because she models it for me every day. When children go off to college, there’s my Lucy waiting to snuggle and lick away my tears. The other children are quick to scramble for the new vacant room. Craig gives himself a little party, “two out and three to go”. I walk in the door and who greets me? Lucy with a spin and a wiggle.
The children in our home have all been through the sorts of hardships that make me cry. They are opening up and sharing with us the tragedies in their past, the mistreatments, crimes, and traumas they endured. They suffered in ways that cause my chin to fall open. As they begin to heal in their hearts they can stroke their new friend, look in his eyes, play ball, and cuddle for a nap and after a while those hurts will diminish. Dogs have that special healing power for the heart and soul.
It is possible to live in a home with sixteen siblings and feel lonely. With a puppy you can always have a best friend waiting with tail wagging and hopes of a game of fetch.
I am so excited to go to Uganda and help them train this little guy! There are going to be so many dog toys in my suitcases. In fact I think to celebrate I am going shopping today for toys. Thank you again to everyone who helped us bring him home. I am posting this with only the first batch of photos. I am promising you to add photos when the internet will allow them to travel from Africa to Texas. So check back for more pictures of our sweet new friend.
I just realized as I was about to wrap this up…I suddenly feel this great sense of relief now that there is a good dog protecting our family there. Just the knowledge that there’s a dog in our compound will chase most people away. As for our real enemies perhaps we’ll teach Samson their names for the command to attack. (just kidding)
I recall a story of a guy who worked for Craig and lived in South Africa. He kept a tank with his big pet python in the window so no one would come rob his home. It worked. He also drove around town with the snake on his body so he wouldn’t be carjacked. The fear of snakes is so great people flee when they see it. This man’s wife and their three year old son were car jacked and tossed out of their speeding car on a highway. They were ok. But the sorts of crimes that could happen are real and fierce. So a big bark will do wonders for protecting our children. Hooray. Maybe they will finally allow me to go for a walk by myself if Samson comes along with me!