I read this dog story in “Man’s Best Hero” by Ace Collins.
A mail carrier found Eve, as she would be named, when she heard a faint whimper coming from a snow bank on Christmas Eve. She cuddled this little puppy into her arms and it nuzzled her. What could she do? Her holiday plans would begin when her shift ended.
She knew of Zack Skow, a short distance away whose calling was to save unwanted dogs. Within the hour, the tiny bundle of fur was in his very capable hands. He soon determined it to be a well bred puppy, but because one eye had not developed at all and the other was but a slit, it was a “throw-away” from a puppy mill.
Though he had little hope of it living until the next morning, the little dog’s grit came through. He soon discovered she was not only nearly blind, but deaf as well. He worked with the puppy until it could run with him across the mountain ridges – apparently the only delight this puppy could enjoy. She could sense his nearness and therefore was free to fun and enjoy life.
The rest of the time she barked. Well, I must shorten this story –
Eventually she was adopted but within two months was back. He had misjudged the adoptive couple who thought this handicapped dog might be an inspiration to their challenged daughter. They had put her in the back yard, fed her but basically ignored her. Now, thrown away twice, she was a basket case. Back to proverbial “square one” in her training.
Then Skow received a call from a boarding kennel. A large white mixed-breed dog had been left with them about a year ago and the owners had never returned. If Skow wouldn’t take it, they would turn it over to the dog pound.
Skow was soon on his way to meet this new challenge. When he approached the dog, it growled and snapped. He was told the dog, Dillon, reacted the same with other dogs as well as people. On his way home with Dillon, Skow stopped at the vet and it was determined this dog was totally blind and also deaf! Another Eve?
At home, with Dillon on leash, he introduced him to the exercise yard with its other occupants. He growled and snapped. Then, along came Eve who could probably see only the shape of a dog and couldn’t hear his growls.
She quietly pressed herself against Dillon, enjoyed the warmth of his body and stayed there. It must have been pleasing to Dillon as well, for he remained perfectly still. Then he opened his mouth, dropped his tongue toward the ground and grinned. Eve led Dillon around the yard introducing him to their fellow kennel mates. Eve had found a job and she quit barking. Though their adoption was very doubtful, they became inseparable friends.
Why are we humans so quick to judge those who are challenged? Just as Eve had much to offer Dillon, so the challenged individuals with whom we are in contact also have much to offer.
Linda, a lady on our mission team to Nicaragua, is challenged. As a toddler she had a very high fever and the challenge is the result. There are things she cannot do, like reading. Yet, she has made her own living. She was promoted to be an advocate for the challenged population. This spring she was sent to Washington, D.C., to appear before a congressional committee representing the challenged of our population. Her sister’s report on that presentation was, “I was so proud of her! And they treated her with such respect!”
Challenged? Yes, but stop and think – aren’t we all challenged in some respect? Eve found her calling in life; Linda found her calling. Have the rest of us searched out our true calling? That calling, for those who know Jesus as Savior, is to show His love and grace to others. Just do it!
Oh, by the way, Eve and Dillon were eventually adopted – together.