If you have been following the story of Walk by Faith Ministry’s very special dogs, or if you are just now coming on board, I thought you might enjoy an update on the 18 canine “kids” the Lord has placed in my heart and care.
Given the variety of “special needs” in this canine crowd, I can promise you that I stay on my toes seven days a week. As their sole caretaker, I rely on the love, strength, and mercy of the Lord God almighty to keep up with everything – most especially when the dogs are facing extra challenges as they have recently.
For anyone who is new to the ministry’s dogs, here is a brief summary:
· 3 paralyzed dogs
· 1 two-footed dog
· 1 three-legged dog
· 1 blind dog
· 1 dog missing toes
· 1 senior dog with a double hernia
· 2 seniors with arthritis/walking issues
· 1 14-year-old with a knee issue
· A whole bunch more seniors
· 1 perfectly young, perfectly adoptable former hunting dog!
Now, for a recent update on the doggies with current health issues.
Red, my beloved co-founder of the ministry who helped save a homeless man’s life years ago, is having extreme difficulty walking combined with extreme pain. It is exceedingly sad to watch him grow older, but I thank God for every precious day He has given me with Red over the past 8 years.
Molly, paralyzed, has been in a crate for about 3 months for a wound on her foot that would not heal. As a young, Golden, she has not been too happy with this. She is right on the verge of being totally healed!
Glory, blind, has just been diagnosed with Glaucoma on top of several other eye issues. I am waiting on blood test results to see whether we will proceed with removing one of her eyes as recommended by the ministry’s wonderful vet Dr. Hennessey of Plantation Animal Hospital on Hilton Head Island, SC.
Mr. Simeon, paralyzed, has had a chronic major skin problem that has not been resolved despite the help of two vets, numerous medications, and all sorts of creative suggestions. He recently developed an infection on one of his nipples in the same area as his skin challenges. He appears to be on the mend with the nipple, but not the skin issues. This is extra challenging given he is on his belly much of the time because of his paralysis, and given his tendency to pee where he is lying. I spend much time daily cleaning up after him and expressing him, but it’s hard to keep up and diapers do not work with him!
Miss Mercy got a very significant cut on her foot last week from her wheelchair, but a wonderful friend of the ministry who works at Home Depot kindly and generously fixed her wheelchair to avoid any further problem. Her cut is healing beautifully. Though it will likely leave a scar, she is not altogether concerned.
I took a BIG fall yesterday as Mr. Simeon and Miss Mercy got too close in their wheelchairs such that I got caught up in between and fell hard on the cement backward on my rear and hand thanks to my refusal to let go of the leashes. I praise the Lord that despite the loud noise I heard as I crashed on the ground, I couldn’t even feel it until later – at which point I still could barely feel my injury. God’s protection, without a doubt!
I would be very grateful for continued prayers for the ministry, myself, and the dogs. I am also looking for monthly sponsors for each of the 18 dogs, and for the ministry as a whole. Please contact me at 843-338-2219 or firstname.lastname@example.org you are interested in sowing into the ministry.
Please visit Walk by Faith Ministry at https://www.walkbyfaithministry.com.