Baxter

This is a fiction story but it applies in everyday life.

There was a dog named Baxter he was adopted at a animal shelter years ago many years ago.  He has been in this shelter for two Christmases. He was a pup who was found along with five others. His family who adopted him were an older man and women who wanted a dog for there Golden Years. The house he lived in was in a rural community and he had a fenced in yard to roam in. His master took him on daily walks and they would say hello to all their neighbors as Baxter was a friendly dog. Life was GOOD.  One day the lady of the house was crying and he could not understand why. The person who spent time with him and walked him daily never came around again, he died, and Baxter was alone with the older lady. She cries a lot and Baxter would put his head on your lap to comfort her.  They also went for their daily walks and life is still good.  One day he seen people coming in and moving out furniture. The older women was crying again and Baxter could not understand why.  Her and Baxter took a ride in a cab and stopped at this place with other dogs in it the women handed over the leash to a young girl and gave him a big hug while crying and said sorry but someday we will meet again. You see after her husband died it became impossible for the women to keep the house and she had to move into senior housing that would not allow animals. Baxter felt rejected, he was 12 years old. and sat in the corner of the pen tuat he was placed in, the shelter workers were afraid of him at first because of his size and he was not friendly at all.  After a while he got used to them and trusted them. They would let him out of his pen as they knew his disposition and that he would never harm anyone. On adoption time at the shelters he would meet and greet everyone that came in and hope that he would be adopted but everyone wanted a smaller or younger dog. His life was good food, shelter and a warm place to sleep. But he remembered the good times he had with his previous family especially at Christmas, as the shelter was placing its Christmas Tree in the lobby. He was helping as only he could – this was his second year at the shelter and the workers when they leave let him sleep on a sofa by the tree, with a special bone for him, as most of the pens are empty and he can be trusted. So as he fell asleep he dreamed of going home to a family again. But this time he felt different, like something was going to happen! Later on he was awakened by a Man in a Glowing White Robe that was standing in the room with him, he wondered who was this man as the shelter is locked and no one should be here. The man spoke him and when he did he noticed although he got up to greet this man he was not sure because he looked back and he was not moving it appeared as if he was a spirit.  This man told him him he was going home with him and reached for him. As he took this mans hand he was in the air and the both of them moved in the air until they came to rest in a garden. This man said he was home and the man who took him on daily walks was there to greet him also. The shelter workers came in Christmas Day to care for the animals as they approached Baxter they thought he was in a deep sleep and they tried to awaken him to no avail. They realized he had gone home – funny thing he had a smile on his face and the bone was no where to found.jesus with animals

Paul Kattner

I am retired after working as an industrial mechanic for most of my work career. I am married have had animals friends almost my whole life. This project that I have taken on has given me more satisfaction than my whole work career. So far over 600 beds and 60 cat bunks or towers have been made and donated to various shelters. Some new items were dog bunk beds and cat hammocks. I sleep at night knowing that in a small way we have made a difference in the life of the animals who have received our beds. We have sent beds to Nebraska, Texas, State of Washington and New Jersey. We have helped Eagle Scouts in their projects and in turn they have helped us.

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