Anyone who has pets will really like this. You’ll like it even if you don’t and you may even decide you need one!

Mary and her husband Jim had a dog named ‘Lucky.’  Lucky was a real character.  Whenever Mary and Jim had company come for a weekend visit they would warn their friends to not leave their luggage open because Lucky would help himself to whatever struck his fancy.  Inevitably, someone would forget and something would come up missing.

Mary or Jim would go to Lucky’s toy box in the basement and there the treasure would be, amid all of Lucky’s other favorite toys. Lucky always
stashed his finds in his toy box and he was very particular that his toys stay in the box.

It happened that Mary found out she had breast cancer. Something told her she was going to die of this disease….in fact, she was just sure it was fatal.  She scheduled the double mastectomy, fear riding her shoulders. The night before she was to go to the hospital she cuddled with Lucky. A
thought  struck her…what would happen to Lucky? Although the three-year-old dog liked Jim, he was Mary’s dog through and through. If I die, Lucky will be abandoned, Mary thought. He won’t understand that I didn’t want to leave him.  The thought made her sadder than thinking of her own death.

The double mastectomy was harder on Mary than her doctors had anticipated and Mary was hospitalized for over two weeks. Jim took Lucky for his evening walk faithfully, but the little dog just drooped, whining and miserable.  Finally the day came for Mary to leave the hospital. When she arrived home, Mary was so exhausted she couldn’t even make it up the steps to her bedroom.  Jim made his wife comfortable on the couch and left her to nap.  Lucky stood watching Mary but he didn’t come to her when she called.   It made Mary sad but sleep soon overcame her and she dozed.

When Mary woke for a second she couldn’t understand what was wrong. She couldn’t move her head and her body felt heavy and hot. But panic
soon gave way to laughter when Mary realized the problem. She was covered,  literally blanketed, with every treasure Lucky owned!  While she had slept, the sorrowing dog had made trip after trip to the basement bringing his beloved mistress all his favorite things in life. He had covered  her with his love.

Mary forgot about dying.  Instead she and Lucky began living again, walking further and further together every day. It’s been 12 years now and Mary is still cancer-free.  Lucky?  He still steals treasures and stashes them in his toy box but Mary remains his greatest treasure.

Remember….live every day to the fullest. Each minute is a blessing from God. And never forget….the people who make a difference in our lives are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards.  They are the ones that care for us.

If you see someone without a smile today give them one of yours!

Live simply. Love seriously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God!


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Curtis
    Nov 09, 2008 @ 12:40:57

    What a beautiful story.  Thank you for that.  Many hugs to you my friend and may God bless


  2. Amy
    Nov 09, 2008 @ 12:46:31

    Leave the rest to God!  Here, here.  I LIKE it!!!!


  3. JoAnn
    Nov 09, 2008 @ 12:50:41

    A great, heartwarming story!  Thanks for sharing.  We find the greatest treasures where we least expect it!  Hugs


  4. Patricia
    Nov 09, 2008 @ 12:55:08

    Hi Rhonda Your sum up of the lucky story was better than the story and your right we should all do just thatI try to on here being basically home bound so if I make people smile help them on emails and blogs I always get a good vibe back from them On your lucky Blog animals are very in tune to everything especially there second parents as I see them they loyalty to you is endless they love freely without a second though my cat is like that if he see me upset he get upset and hovers around me lays near me purrrring non stop cuddles me till am back to calm me just simple example Have a wonderful day Rhonda Hugs Pat


  5. Beth
    Nov 09, 2008 @ 13:06:56

    Very nice!  Thank you!


  6. Angel eyes
    Nov 09, 2008 @ 13:33:40

    i had laproscopic surgery on my gall blddrr and was sent home 2 hours later on my son\’s 7th birthday my dear dog would never leave his spot in front where i laid  angel eyes


  7. Hope
    Nov 09, 2008 @ 17:33:16

    forgive me while I cry..beautiful story..ok.. gotta go.. tears are streaming.. much loveHope


  8. Unknown
    Nov 09, 2008 @ 17:45:55

     Dogs are miracles with paws!!   Dogs\’ lives are too short.  Their only fault, really.          What a great story!              
                                |                                      \\  |  /                        \\_|_/                       .\’         \’.                     /  _     _   \\                    | / `  /       |                    | \\_0 \\_0   |             _   _ \\    .—.    / ___/\\/ \\ / \\_\’/      \\\’____________ \\    \\/\\_/\\_/  \\      /                      /   )                       \’—\’                     ( /       Pssst!   SETH was here on      \\ \\          your space.  Chances          /   )       are …. he will be back!  _    ( /__________________/\\/ \\/  \\__\\                  |      |      |    \\/\\_/\\_/                  | _   |  _  |                  |      |      |                  |___|___|                  / –\’Y\’ — \\                 (___/\\___)


  9. Miss Beth
    Nov 09, 2008 @ 21:42:35

    that was very nice   thank you for sharing that !!


  10. Ray
    Nov 09, 2008 @ 22:00:19

    Yes a great story Rhonda, and you are right Seth they don\’t live long enough.Hugs, DD.


  11. Cynical
    Nov 10, 2008 @ 23:27:17

    Beautiful story.  I believe that it could be true.  I hope that it was true.Peace, Doc


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