Me and my broken dog

Me and my broken dog

We can’t be whole apart from Jesus

Relationships consist of broken people. Or in this case, a broken dog. Please don’t be offended, but I was never an animal lover. I’ll admit the whole fur baby mentality made no sense to me, at least not until this canine beauty came along.

I mean seriously, look at those eyes. Even a cold heart would melt.

Now she is crippled. My dog is broken.

Proverbs 12:10, “A righteous man cares about his animal’s health.” HCSB


Three years ago, this dog converted me and I’m plain stupid over her. I mean, she rides in the passenger seat of my car. Since my family was insanely active, I chose an Australian shepherd. We ran the streets, the park, hiking trails and around the pond on my property. Though I swore I would never allow an animal inside my house, the endless shedding is worth her companionship. She loves to fetch a ball, play Frisbee and tug of war. She’s quiet social, but especially adores kids allowing them to wallow on her. But, she does not like the mailman, not one little bit.

Matthew 6:25, “Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.” MSG


Despite the fact that she was only a puppy when I became disabled with myasthenia gravis, my furry bundle of energy sat down at my feet and parked herself. Dogs have an uncanny connection to their humans. She never insisted on playing; she was simply by my side. When I was away for 16 days for surgery, she sunk into a deep depression  and nearly exploded with excitement when I returned.

Genesis 7:1-2, “Then the Lord said to Noah, ‘Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation. Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals.”  NIV


As my health improved, so did her energy. Now she selects a toy and whimpers for me to play. I can’t run with her, but she accepts that and we walk a little and I throw the ball when I can. But she has one bad habit – she chases that threatening mailman who invades our domain every day. She must have finally caught his car because I came home to find her skinned up, a little bloody and with a dislocated hip. The damage is permanent and now I have a disabled dog.

Psalm 34:18, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” NASB


It’s my turn to be her companion. We are broken together. I suspect it’s a requirement for all relationships since none of us are whole, perfect or complete. When we recognize our own lack rather than focusing on another’s then we can simply be together. Broken together, and that’s enough.

Maybe you and I were never meant to be complete,
Could we just be broken together?
If you can bring your shattered dreams and I’ll bring mine,
Could healing still be spoken … and save us.
The only way we’ll last forever is broken together ~Casting Crowns.

Hebrews 11:40, “Since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.” NIV 


These powerful lyrics apply to all relationships:

  • parents and children
  • husband and wife
  • friends
  • pets and humans
No relationship can succeed unless we offer our brokenness to each other. #brokentogether Click To Tweet

Only Jesus is whole, therefore we cannot be whole apart from Him. All other relationships consist of two broken people or in this case, a broken person and a broken dog. Anything else is merely a fairy tale.

My beautiful Aussie is broken, just like me. Don’t worry, we will get along just fine.

Matthew 25:36, “I was sick and you visited me.” NKJV

Disclaimer: It may not have been the mailman and if so, it was not his fault.

17 thoughts on “Me and my broken dog

  1. I love the song Broken Together. I also love my dog like crazy. She’s my companion. Love reading your post. Hope you are doing well.

  2. I’m sorry to hear your doggie companion got hurt and hope that she heals up quickly. You’ve written a lovely piece of truth. Oh, how I wish we could always remember we’re all broken together and give each other a little more grace. 🙂

  3. Hi Vicki, I’m dealing with a terminally ill dog. Though I’ve had Anni 15 years, I’m broken-hearted to have to give her up. Do you believe our pets will be with us in heaven? I appreciate your thoughts.


    (P.S. I’ve missed you)

      1. In the little book “Heaven is for Real” Jesus has a horse…..kinda though He might, since He is to return on a white one. Believe The Lord loved creating the horse and I thank Him for each one I have known!

  4. I’m sorry your beautiful dog is broken. I’m glad you two have each other and a special bond. I love that song Broken Together. It’s very real!

  5. Do u think your writing skills were a hidden talent and only discovered when your other talents could not be used, or u were given this new talent of writing after you got sick?

  6. Broken together, I enjoyed this, glad you are doing well, sorry about your dog, she was very loving to me when we were there. God bless her! Love and blessings!

  7. What a great story and piece of music to accompany it! I smiled as I read about your feeling about having a dog and especially having one indoors. That has been me to this point in my life. I grew up on a farm and as such, we loved animals but believed their place was outside. We have not lived in areas where an outside dog could roam freely so hence no dog and our children grew up without a dog. Now our son has a beautiful golden retriever he got from the golden rescue. One look in Sam’s eyes and my heart melts and I enjoy him immensely, but when I see the hair he has left floating all over the house I am not persuaded that I am ready for that. Who knows? That may change AND there are also dogs who do not have as much hair to deal with…..I know. It was a joy to visit your site as your neighbor at the link up for Coffee Shop Conversations. Blessings on your day! Your site is beautiful!

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