You have read the story about Stastny coming home and our difficult experience at the pound; however, you have not read the most important reason why Stastny got to go home with us. When Garrett and I found Stastny at the pound, she was terribly sick with kennel cough, about 25 pounds under weight, and very eager to get out of her prison cell. In the process of getting Statstny ready to go home with us, one of the keepers told me, “I probably shouldn’t tell you this but because you shared your story of feeling called to be here… I guess it’s important.” She looked down as if looking at me was the last thing she wanted to do. Then she composed herself and told me that 3 days ago she went to Stastny’s cage to prepare her to be euthanized; however, for some reason the lock was stuck on Stastny’s cage so she took the dog in the cage next to Stastny instead.
I felt chills run down my arms. My heart sank, not in sadness, but rather in gratitude for God placing His hand on her lock so that we could save her from what could have been her end. I also am very grateful that I listened to God speak to my heart and He allowed Stastny to come home with us. Garrett and I had gone to several other pounds, but God was strongly calling us to Stastny at the Carson-L.A pound. I remember the look on my husband’s face when I told him that we needed to go specifically to that pound. At first, he could not understand why we could not get a dog from the local pound; however, he quickly took to the idea of going to Carson. One of the many things about Garrett that I treasure is his willingness to support me and go on a new adventure. I am grateful to have such a supportive and caring husband.
As I type this story, I realize now why I waited on posting it. My eyes are full tears. I cannot bear the thought of Stastny or any other dog being put down as a result of there not being enough space in the pound. I remember when I first saw Stastny; she wore a blue scarf around her neck and did everything she could to get anyone’s attention. She would leave me and rush to the other side of her kennel whenever a new person walked by. The screen between the inside and outside of her kennel was not raised properly causing Stastny to scrape her back every time she had to go to the other side. Despite this, she was willing to sacrifice any comfort she had if it meant going home.
Garrett and I are incredibly blessed to have taken Miss Stastny home and will never forget God’s calling to us.
- Sometimes God may call us at an inconvenient time. How do you get over being in an inconvenient situation to answer your Father’s call?
2. Why is it not okay to put God’s call on hold?