The Great Puppy Conundrum

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7

Our mutual decision had been to not get another dog after our little Bitsy passed away, so I was surprised when thoughts about just that popped up unexpectedly in my morning quiet time. I immediately put it out of my mind, but it happened again…and again…until I finally said, “Lord, if this is You prompting me to get a dog, then please bring it to me because I have agreed not to get another one. I do not plan to go looking for one.” You can imagine my surprise when just a couple of days later a friend posted pictures of some rescued puppies on Facebook and that picture jumped right off the screen at me.

Surprise after surprise came as I realized we should adopt two puppies, only then to be told that the rescue organization rarely allows anyone to do that. However, the lady in charge very reasonably asked if I would consider fostering the dog that was found with the mother of the puppies instead of getting two babies from the same litter. To say I was disappointed is a masterpiece of understatement, but I wanted to at least appear reasonable so I very reluctantly said I would consider it and asked for a picture of the dog she was proposing I consider. As soon as I saw the picture, my heart belonged to her and “Lady” became ours.

The decision remained, which of the litter would we choose to be our new baby and Lady’s companion? My husband and I agreed on a precious brown and white little girl they had named Abigail. I went to visit the puppies in person fully expecting to be swept away with love for Abigail. Instead, Al came running over to me and captured my heart. However, I loved Abigail, too, and my husband said she was the one he really wanted. In spite of being “chosen” by Al, we had already spoken for Abigail and her name was on the adoption application I had submitted. I reached out and was told we could still change our minds, but we needed to let them know as soon as possible. I did not know what to do...decisions, decisions!

Now, this may seem like a silly thing to worry about, but we felt we had hit the jackpot with our sweet little Lady, and I wanted to be very careful about choosing the right puppy to share our home. I prayed about it fervently because the Bible says to lay all of our cares and concerns before the Lord, but an acceptable decision eluded me. Finally, one evening in my quiet time I prayed, “Lord, I know you brought Lady to us and I still believe with all my heart that you have directed me to get a second puppy, but I do not know which one to choose. Please show me which one you want us to have.” As I was praying that prayer, I felt I should write the puppies names on slips of paper, thinking the one I drew would be our choice. However, even as I started to write, I felt compelled to cut 10 slips of paper and write 5 for the little boy and 5 for the little girl. After I put those ten slips of paper into a small cup, stacked in alternating order to ensure they were well mixed, I shook it up, lifted the cup to Heaven and prayed, “Father, thank you for showing me which puppy is your choice for us. Please let it be so obvious there will be no room for doubt, in Jesus’ name, amen.” When I tipped the cup on its side, a slip of paper fell out before I could even draw one, and it said “Al.” It occurred to me that maybe I should see what “the odds” would say (honestly, God must be so frustrated with me sometimes!), so I drew another, and another…until I had drawn 4 more slips of paper, and every – single – one said “Al”!!!!! I have no idea what the odds are of that happening, but my faith assures me it was God answering my prayer with a clear and obvious, 100% answer. Lady will welcome “Tramp” (aka “Al”) home on March 18th.

Our God is so good! He truly cares about every detail of our lives…our homes, families, finances, relationships…and even our pets.

Prayer: Father God, thank you so much for caring about even the smallest details of my life. Thank you for your mercy and grace in hearing and answering my prayers in this and so many different ways. Your mercies are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness! I praise you and love you with all of my heart and ask that Your will be done in my life today and always, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Additional Scriptures:

“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Luke 12:6-7

"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7

For information on adopting a rescue dog:

"Hooves and Hounds Rescue & Rehab Sanctuary" in Sheridan, Texas.


Contact: Terrye Branson at

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