Special Cases: Tanner: Saving the best for last

Published 10:00 pm Thursday, August 10, 2017

Over the past few weeks we’ve been telling the tale of a group of animals rescued from an indigent family. Two pigs and two Chihuahuas were left behind and all we can do is pray for them.

Each animal has been treated and been accounted for by a group of wonderful rescuers. I feel certain that eventually each will find a good home.

The last remaining dog is Tanner, a 1-year-old Boxer-Pit mix. I call these mixes BPs because they’re full of gas. Tanner is mid-sized, 40 to 45 pounds and handsome as all get out. I’ll be honest, I’m a bit prejudiced, and Tanner struck my heart the most. 

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He arrived with some skin problems, fleas, ticks and hookworms. The good news is that he was heartworm negative. He is set to be neutered on Wednesday of this week so by the time you read this he’ll be ready for a new home.

Outside of viewing him in his cage, I recently got to meet him for the first time. When I saw him I teared up a bit, I just wanted to wrap my arms around him and take him home myself, which of course I am not prepared to do. 

“We think he’s a bit shy with men,” the staff member warned me. I smiled to myself thinking how often I’ve dispelled an initial analysis of one of my kids. The magnificent Soldier and my precious beloved Allie girl came to mind. 

I have a favorite prayer I would like to share with you:

“Heavenly Father, You created us in Your image, gave us rules of behavior and never stopped loving and caring for us. You forgave even when we broke Your commandments. You have given us dominion over all the animals, many of which we have brought into our homes. Give us the wisdom to teach them right from wrong, the compassion to forgive them when they stray and the heart to love them as You do us.”

I cannot tell you how often someone would come up to me and exclaim, “I have one of your kids.” I would then learn all about how its doing and more often then not, view some photographs displayed proudly. 

Someday soon I hope to be approached by someone who will say, “I have one of your kids, his name is Tanner.”

Thanks for listening.