Oscar was my empty-nest puppy. It was 2004 and my first-born and only daughter had just moved away from home. Her two brothers kept my husband and I very busy; but seeing my first child who called me “Mom” drive away, left a little hole in my heart. I decided soon after that I would get a puppy.
There was no question as to which breed of dog I would choose. I have always been partial to Shetland sheepdogs or “shelties”. This breed has the “Lassie” look but are much smaller and easier to handle. I found a breeder near us and my youngest son and I picked out the runt of the litter. He was small and shy. I fell in love that little runt and named him Oscar. He was nervous and unsure of his new home. Oscar stuck to me like glue.
That was nearly 15 years ago and Oscar still sticks to me like glue! He has aged well, but my 15 year old sheltie is very different from the little runt I brought home. As a younger dog, Oscar followed me diligently and was quick to jump on my lap as soon as I sat down. He listened for my return when I was away as he kept watch at the front door. These days Oscar moves much slower. He no longer jumps onto my lap. He is now deaf and does not see as well. He quietly naps in his bed while I am away. One thing has remained constant; he is still my shadow. Once I return home, he follows me from room to room. He is always close by. He has spent his entire life trying to keep a careful watch over me. He has been a most faithful friend.
As I study my old friend these days, I am reminded of another faithful friend who has been my constant companion for my entire life – my Guardian Angel. Although I have never seen this angel; I believe with all my heart that God’s words are true: ” What are the angels then? They are spirits who serve God and are sent by Him to help those who are to receive salvation.” Hebrew 1:14
My angel has watched over me, guided me, and prayed for me. We have a special, spiritual bond that is beyond human comprehension. It is a connection ordained by God and for God that began at my conception and will only end as I enter the Kingdom.
Although I have never seen my angel, it sometimes seems that my faithful friend does. There are occasions when it seems Oscar is seeing something or someone that is only visible to his eyes. During these episodes, I imagine and hope that somehow my old dog can see my angel. Perhaps my angel sometimes gently strokes his fur as a reward for his steadfast watchful eye.
Someday I hope to see my angel. For now I only need to look at Oscar as he faithfully follows me throughout our home; from the time I step out of bed in the morning to the end of my day when he lies in his dog bed right beside mine, to know the love and devotion that my angel must have.
For now I have two angels. One angel will stay with me for the rest of my days. One angel will be with me for the rest of his days. When that day comes, I surely will have a hole in my heart. I know my guardian angel will comfort me.