A Dog's Prayer

Thursday, December 18, 2014


"Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in the entire world is more grateful for your kindness than mine. Don't be angry with me for long, and don't lock me up as punishment. After all, you have your job, your friends, and your entertainment. I only have you." -A Dog's Prayer.

Today Mikey the dog is crossing the Rainbow Bridge.

But thanks to all of you, Mikey was able to live his last two weeks in the home of an amazing foster family.

It's also because of the money raised that he was able to see an orthopedic surgeon, but sadly the results were not what we had hoped. The doctors found a very large tumor growing on his spinal chord, which is why his back legs had become paralyzed. Because of the size and location of the tumor they knew they weren't going to be able to remove it and Mikey's condition would continue to deteriorate.

Although based on Mikey's smile, you'd never know.


Mikey with his foster sister. These two really seemed to have that connection that only a dog and a child can have.

You can read more about Mikey (and see other sweet photos) by clicking here.

Stories like this can really bring me down. They torture me to the point where I sickly start searching the internet trying to figure out ways I can help, but instead I end up getting lost in all of the other sad stories like it. It's a dark path and it typically doesn't lead anywhere good.

So instead of feeling blue about the fact I haven't figured out a way to save every animal, I'm going to try to focus on something more positive.

Like the fact that today is the day Mikey gets to meet all of our wonderful pups who have gone before home. So do me a favor, Sweet Mikey, as your running free through the never ending fields, chasing unlimited frisbees and tennis balls, say hello to my old friend Jagz. He might look a little scary, but he's not. (However if he has a bone, maybe give him a minute or two.)

Today is the day Mikey gets his legs back.

*Any remaining funds that were raised will be donated to help another disabled dog named, Suzy, who is being treated by Mikey's same doctor. Thank you again to everyone who gave something!


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21 comments:

  1. Taylor .. my heart is aching. I know you know this. THANK YOU for all you did for him. I believe you single-handedly (though I know you wont take the credit for it) did mountains and mountains of publicity and fundraising which equaled a better life for Mikey during his short stay here on Earth.

    You are such a good, good person.

    Prayers that Mikey will be playing soon, free with all the other animals that got there before he did.

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  2. This makes my heart break, but I feel a little better knowing that he got to spend his last two weeks with a family. He can hang out with our old chocolate lab, Abby, and they can eat all the bread, pecan pies, and hershey bars they want!

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  3. I got goosebumps reading this. You're a wonderful person by spreading his story and I'm glad to hear he got his legs back today, but it's so sad that his foster family had to say good-bye.

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  4. I read this (and the previous post about Mikey) with tears in my eyes. Thank goodness for the amazing family that took him in and made him comfortable and happy these past two weeks.

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  5. Oh man! Breaks my heart....Mikey reminds me so much of Chip, the best dog I ever had. He lived to be 12 and succumbed to cancer two years ago. He was a big ol' Chocolate Lab with a heart of gold. Currently, I have three Labs (all inside) and I love them with all of my heart. Run free, Mikey!

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  6. Buuuugh this just breaks my heart. I do love knowing that he can run free on all four legs and enjoy his life up there to the fullest.

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  7. oh this makes me so sad. so glad to hear that the funds are going to another dog in need!

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  8. I've been following Mikey's progress and this just breaks my heart. It makes me feel a little better knowing how much love he has received and that he can be free now. Run free, sweet Mikey!

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  9. Losing a pet is never easy. We had to put my childhood dog down just a few months ago. I wish I could adopt every dog out there that is suffering.

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  10. Oh that last line truly made my heart break. RIP Mikey! x

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  11. In tears at my desk. I am glad that remaining moneys were able to go another animal in need.

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  12. Tears here, too. You write so eloquently and provide a beautiful tribute to Mikey. Thank you.

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  13. That is so sad. But I'm glad that there were so many people willing and able to contribute.

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  14. Thanks for the update on Mikey, even though I'm now crying on my lunch break. :( I'm so glad he had a loving family for his last weeks on earth, and I hope he died peacefully. It's great that extra funds are going to another deserving dog!

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  15. I'm like you in that I find myself in a downward spiral, trying to figure out how I can help ALL of the homeless dogs, dogs that can't be cared for by their owners anymore, and dogs that are in shelters. But then I remember that I AM helping by loving my rescue pup more than he knows and by donating what and when I can to the local animal shelters. Thanks for sharing Mikey's story!

    Alyssa
    www.feathersandstripes.com

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  16. Sweet boy. I have to say Rainbow Bridge poem makes me cry every time. Sending so much love to all who loved Mikey as more than a dog, but as family. It's never easy, but he's running free up above.

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  17. Gosh dang it... today was not the day to go without waterproof mascara! Sniffling and wiping tears sitting at my desk.

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  18. So sad :( I wish that little pup could have been saved... but I'm glad he was able to have a happy life until then. Poor little guy :(

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  19. I'm so sad to hear this :( but I'm glad the funds will be used to help another pup, and I'm glad someone at least gave Mikey a chance :)

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  20. Aww man this is really sad I was hoping he'd pull through. What a stunning dog :(

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