Lessons from a Dog and a Bullet

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My dog Chip was accidentally shot today by marksmen across the road from my parents’ cabin back in Mississippi with a 9mm bullet.  He is a Lewellyn setter, a breed of hunting dog with an exceptionally large heart and lungs.  The bullet dropped him.  They called my dad, who then ran over there, scooped him into his arms and ran him back to the car.  They drove 100 mph to the animal hospital while dad sat in the back trying to keep Chip from going into shock.  Since there was so much blood (my dad was covered), they did not see an exit wound and were afraid there was damage to his vital organs.

After examining the wounds closer, they found that the bullet had entered behind his right front leg and exited his chest without damaging either his heart or lungs (again, his heart and lungs are huge)!

Here are a few lessons I learned from this incident:

1.  My parents’ have a God-glorifying regard for the life of their animals.  “It’s just a dog” reflects a lack of wisdom and a heart that lacks mercy (Prov 12:10).

2. God not only cares for the sparrows (Matt 10:29), but also for dogs.  This is a demonstration of His kindness that ought to lead us to repentance (Rom 2:4).

3. God’s meticulous sovereignty is not only over the bullets used to assassinate kings, but also the one that entered and exited Chip today (Prov 16:33).

Chip is doing fine, sleeping soundly in his cage at the animal hospital.  Get well soon, Chip!

Update:  Chip’s wounds are draining too bad for him to come home today, so they’re going to keep him another day, and he can walk.


Written by keywoodblog

February 16, 2011 at 5:19 am

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  1. Get well soon Chip, indeed!

    John Leek

    February 16, 2011 at 12:27 pm

  2. I’m so glad he is gonna be ok. I love my furbabies too! Will pray for a quick recovery! God is good!

    Donna Smith

    February 16, 2011 at 4:47 pm

  3. Update: dr howell said my brother was able to walk this morning. he is off his iv and continues on antibiotics, steroids, and pain meds. his exit wound is oozing (yuk) too bad to let him come home and sleep in the bed so he is gonna stay at the hospital. the doctors at AMC saved my life once too so i know chip is in good hands. i hope he comes home soon!


    February 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm

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