An Open Dog Adoption

An Open Dog Adoption

Giving away my best friend on the loneliest day of summer.


For as long as I can remember, my family has always had pit bulls as our family pets. I was never a big fan of them and preferred "cute" dogs like Pomeranians or huskies. In the beginning of February 2017, my grandma picked up a puppy from a guy at a gas station who told her the dog was half German Shepherd and half Great Pyrenees. All I knew was she was an adorable little fluffball with wavy ears and a white tip on her tail.

My younger cousin named her Bailee. I was the one who took care of her and eventually she was my dog. When we moved closer to town I was responsible of finding her a home for the night before we signed the lease and she was the reason I had to come home every weekend my first year of college (my grandma insisted if I was not doing schoolwork I needed to be at home).

I should have known she was going to grow quite big by the previous owner's description, but we had suspicions she was not exactly the way he said she was. We figured she had some sort of collie in her because of how she will herd and just by her looks. Unfortunately I am a small adult as I have not grown much since middle school. Along with other issues, I am not strong enough to lift her into her crate at night or even push her off my bed, which she sheds on if she gets on it.

After realizing this and having to move into a small trailer with my grandma in Norman, I had to make the decision to try and rehome her by myself. Writing about her and posting her picture on Facebook with the words "free to good home" made me an inconsolable ball of tears for the rest of the night. That attempt was not very successful at all with only maybe 10 reactions, but no comments whatsoever. At that point I was looking at shelters because she was not allowed at the trailer and I was running out of time.

I visited an animal shelter for a school paper last semester and could not convince myself that leaving her there, knowing what happens to pets that can't find homes, was a good idea. Last Sunday I got a text from my uncle's girlfriend, Cassie, saying she had a guy who wanted Bailee. I was happy that she wasn't going to have to sit in a shelter just hopelessly waiting. As I am writing this it is Thursday evening and tomorrow Cassie and I are going to make the three hour drive to deliver my dog to this man.

I found him on Facebook and have talked with him a couple of times, mostly to introduce myself. He seems really nice and is so excited to meet Bailee, which he should be. I asked if he would be okay with giving me updates every once in a while, which he agreed to. I can only pray that he takes good care of her, that she forgives me for giving her away and that she will be at her happiest.

At this point in my life, I can't really tell if I have more than five reliable friends. During the summer months the most I hear from people other than my boyfriend are streaks on Snapchat, so I spend almost all of my time alone. I just wish I had more time and space to hang out with one of my absolute best friends, even if she is a dog.

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You Are NOT Enough

We will never be enough, but God is always more than enough.


Society and even the church seem to constantly encourage us with the saying "You are enough," and their intentions behind this statement are totally innocent. Something about this phrase has always bothered me, though, but I never understood why. In a sermon I heard one Wednesday night a week or so ago, the verses Proverbs 30:7-9 were used, and these verses stood out to me in a big way.

Proverbs 30:7-9

7 "Two things I ask of you, Lord;
do not refuse me before I die:
8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, 'Who is the Lord?'
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.

The speaker was specifically focusing on verses 7-8, but the Holy Spirit kept drawing me to verse 9, even days and weeks after. So I decided to dig into it. This verse focuses on Agur (the speaker in the passage) and his tendency to sin. When he asked God to provide "only [his] daily bread," and then when he continued on to speak about the specific sins he was afraid of committing, Agur was completely and wholly surrendering his struggles with temptation and sin to God, because Agur knew he couldn't do it on his own.

Aren't we all like Agur? Because we are human, we mess up all the time and fall into sin more than we would like to admit, and many times because of this, we fall into guilt and shame. This is because, on our own, we aren't enough. If we were enough on our own, we wouldn't sin. If we were enough on our own, we would be able to save ourselves. If we were enough on our own, we wouldn't need God. But none of those statements are true, are they? In fact, it is the exact opposite because God is enough, he calls us out of sin. Because God is enough, He sent Jesus to save us from our sin. Because God is enough, He is with us in every situation because we call to Him.

How do we know that we aren't enough? Because no one is!

Every human sins, even great heroes of faith. David, one of the most well-known biblical figures: the one who killed Goliath and one of the ancestors of Jesus Christ, said in Psalm 51:5--

Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

The beauty in realizing that you aren't enough on your own is that you don't have to be! Never in the Bible does God call us to be "enough!" He never expected us to be enough because it is impossible. God does call us to depend on Him, though. This is because God is ultimately more than enough. When we depend on God to help us keep away from sin and put in the work necessary to keep away from sin, it will be much easier. We will never be enough, but if we continuously search for our identity in worldly things and not Christ, we will be upset when we realize that we are not enough. Guess what, though, when we find our identity in what Christ says about us, we will find peace and hope because just like 2 Corinthians 12:9 says:

9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

God is the only one who is enough. When we depend on God for everything we will begin to see that HE is enough, and that's all we need.

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Why You Should Never Give Pets As Christmas Gifts

What about a puppy?


It's around the winter holidays and everyone is searching for the best gift to give your friends, parents, and family members. Many Christmas movies give people the idea that animals such as dogs and cats or other interesting creature you can easily buy at PetSmart would be the perfect gift, but that could potentially be the worst gift ever.

When deciding to give an animal away as a Christmas present, ask yourself one thing: Have I discussed a new pet and the responsibilities with the new owner of said pet? If you are not absolutely sure and confident that they have the means and resources to take in a new pet, then it is best to find another gift. They may have a rental house or apartment, a roommate with an allergy or not prepared to take care of potential veterinary bills. Another danger is getting a new pet for a child as a Christmas gift. A puppy does not stay a puppy and a cute Christmas gift can turn into a resented Christmas dog in eight months.

Some animal shelters get busier after the holidays because people have decided their cute animal is not going to work out. If you surprise someone with a pet as a Christmas gift, you are potentially gambling with that animal's life. The average cat and dog lifespan is around 13 years, but cats often live longer than dogs, so remember that typical pets are a long commitment and not something to play with for a few months, then surrender to a shelter when you have decided you are done with it.

As for smaller animals such as hamsters, guinea pigs, or sometimes hedgehogs, do your own research on what specific breeds will need. The starter kits commonly sold at pet stores do not always allow the animal adequate space that it needs to be healthy. Keep in mind that just because these animals have shorter lifespans and seem low maintenance that they require just as much attention, love and care as cats and dogs.

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