Dogs, church and family

October 8, 2023

I was woken up at 11pm by Delilah the dog we are pet sitting. She was pacing around and scratching and whimpering. I let her out to us the bathroom, as well as Angels new puppy Chase and Little Bit, then we all came back inside and I went back to sleep. At 12:30am I was woken up again. Delilah was doing the same thing. I looked her over and she looked fine. I wasn’t sure what was wrong with her. I let her out again but she continued scratching and whimpering. I comforted her as best as I could. Finally at 3:30am I took her in to Christopher and told him what was happening and that I needed to get some sleep. I went back to bed and woke up again at 6:30am. 

I went into the house to check on Delilah. Christopher said she was still having a hard time. I noticed she had itchy red spots on her skin. I messaged her owners. They messaged back right away and said that she gets a rash sometimes and they give her medicine for it. I was grateful it wasn’t something we did and that now I knew how to help ease her suffering. I gave her some Benadryl and she settled down about a half hour later. She ate well and went to sleep. Whew. What a relief. 

Christopher left to go grocery shopping. Angel cleaned up the rest of her room and we got ready for church, which we had plenty of time to do. Suddenly I realized that I didn’t make it to the Episcopal church yesterday to set up the altar. I looked at the time. If we left right away I could make it to town to set up the altar before their church service and we could attend the Cowboy Church while we were in town, rather than attend the little church down the road we usually attended on Sundays. 

On the drive to town, I could still feel grief about Remy in my chest but it didn’t ache or feel heavy like it had been, instead it felt like a warm glowing ball of love. I marveled at how good it felt. I sent Remy a thank you for giving me so much joy while she was with us. 

When I arrived in town, I set up the altar at the Episcopal church. (We used to attend this church and I still volunteer to set up the altar for them once a month). On my way back out the door, a friend of mine that attends the church was coming in. It was good to see her and we talked briefly before I headed to the Cowboy Church. We arrived right on time. The service was fantastic and the sermon was uplifting. After church I stopped by Street Ministries to drop off some games I had bought at a garage sell last week. Then we went to the grocery store and back home. 

At home, Christopher and I were talking about taking a nap since neither of us got much sleep because of Delilah, when his son Ben and his girlfriend Joslyn pulled up. We were having family over for supper and meeting his sons girlfriend for the first time. They arrived early and we were happy to see them. We made our introductions and talked for awhile. Ben had brought some games to play. We played a card game until Christopher’s daughter Miranda, her husband Matthew and our grandson Finn arrived. Shortly after that Christopher’s mom Ann arrived. We played a game called Telestrations until supper was ready. That game was great fun and we had lots of good laughs while playing it. For supper I had a yummy salad and enjoyed good conversations. After supper we played another card game until it started to get dark. It was good to spend time with family. 

We all said our goodbyes and our guests headed home. We finished our evening chores and went to bed. Angel slept on the trundle bed with Chase in the Banana Hut with me and Little Bit. Chase is doing so good. Him and Angel are inseparable already. Delilah (who was doing much better) slept in the house with Christopher and his dog Jake. 

I am grateful to have experienced another wonderful day. 

Thank you for reading my blog. I dearly appreciate you. 



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