The first creation of blogging with my furry friends. We want you to know how much GOD loves you and how very special you are to HIM! We look foward to many days of blogging with you.
Andrea and "The Perdue Zoo"

Friday, May 29, 2009

Overcoming Fear

In September 2007, I spent two days in Blackstone, Virginia. I was invited to be a part of The Blackstone Arts and Crafts Festival for petting and to bring awareness to "Dog Therapy." Upon arriving, my parents and I found our place in the children's area between the baby chicks and the alpacas.Many humans of all ages, sizes, and conditions came by to see me. Some folks told my parents they had seen an article in the local news paper (Courier Record) about me and came just to see me. Each human I met was unique and special. However, one precious little boy will always have a special place in our hearts; his name is Josh.Our day was over and Mom began to walk me while Dad loaded our SUV. During my walk Josh ran up to me and I quickly put myself in what my parents call "gentle down." Mom dropped to her knees as she often does when a small child wants to pet me.As Josh began hugging and laying on me, Mom noticed scars around his mouth and face. Josh's mom watched him carefully as her eyes filled with tears. She began telling my parents about his injuries.We learned Josh had been attacked by a dog and flown via helicopter to MCV. During Josh's recovery he received over 300 stitches and multiple cosmetic surgeries to repair his mouth and face. His mom said, "after the attack Josh has been terrified of dogs and would scream when he saw them."Josh and I became friends. God used me to allow him to realize not all dogs are bad. At one point during our visit Josh actually laid backwards across my neck resting his head and neck on mine. God gave Josh the ability to trust again using an unusual source.God often uses unusual or unique vessels as His source of healing in our lives. I am thankful once again He chose me, furry ole Sitka to be a living vessel for His love.Woofs and Wags,Sitka


RCUBEs said...

I enjoy your stories Sitka and how the Lord is using you to touch other people's lives that no humans can do. What a gift! God bless you and your parents who do things unconditionally.

Leslie said...

Oh Sitka, lately you just make me want to cry! You're so good with kids!

If you visit my blog today, you'll see a picture of me with Otto. He sat right down and insisted on being in the photo!

Woofs and dog bones to you!

Heart2Heart said...


I am again blessed by the outpouring of you love to kids everywhere. You are amazing!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Edie said...

Aw Sitka you're such a wonderful dog.

How cool to have a therapy dog like Sitka Andrea. I used to work for a company that manufactured computer access products for people with disabilities. At the trade shows I attended, I saw lots of working dogs. Mostly seeing eye but other working dogs too.

I'm always in awe of the way God's creatures glorify Him. Have I said that before? :)

makeyourhomesing said...

Oh, poor baby. So glad that he is overcoming his fear of dogs, though. I don't blame the poor little guy!

Five Moms & A Blog said...

Of course we don't mind, Andrea! Thank you for doing that, you are such a sweetie! Have a lovely Saturday, my friend!

~ Nan

Just Be Real said...

Andrea, appreciate your blog and also desiring to link JBR. Thank you very kindly! Blessings!

Anonymous said...

Very thoughtfull post on overcoming fear .It should be very much helpfull.

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