Ruffin went back to the Greater Cincinnati Veterinary Specialists and E.R. on Monday. He saw Dr, Bruner for a final check up and a new X-Ray. Dr. Bruner said there were no signs of any more chicken bones anywhere. I am very pleased with the thorough treatment they gave to my pride and joy Rottweiler. Apart from toxic chemicals, cooked chicken bones are probably the worst thing any dog can swallow and Ruffin had a very close call. I am convinced that besides the capable hands of Dr. Bruner, a lot of prayers from a lot of people played a part in Ruff's recovery and I would like to pay tribute to all those people we have never met who said those prayers.A lady named Gloria Pinsker started The Pet Prayer Line several years ago and it has grown to become a world-wide network of pet lovers who receive a weekly prayer list compiled from submissions for prayer requests from pet owners or from some member who knows of a pet in need of prayer. That was the case of my baby Rottweiler Ruffin. My friend Beryl, whom I used to work with years ago, was one of the people I have in my email list that I asked to say a prayer after I found out that Ruff had gobbled up the entire carcass of the rotisserie chicken I threw in the garbage. Beryl forwarded my story to The Pet Prayer Line along with my email address and almost immediately I started receiving messages of prayers from The Pet Prayer Line members from around the world.Gloria sent me this information about her group.Hi, Nelson. Thank you so much for the update on Ruffin and your kind words about our prayer line. I formed the Pet Prayer Line in 1999 with a prayer request for my own dog, Sandy. It started with one or two members besides myself, and over the years it has grown to include hundreds of people from all over the world. The Pet Prayer Line is mentioned in the book, Miraculous Pet Recoveries by Les Sussman (available on Amazon), and our official prayer has been published in several other books and publications (I have included the prayer below). BTW, Sandy did recover and we had him until his death in 2003 at the age of almost 15.The following is the latest email list from this group, and as you can see at the bottom, they offer prayers for people, too. I wish to publicly thank each and every one for taking the time to ask God for help during Ruffin's crisis.
THE PET PRAYER LINE
JANUARY 13, 2014
"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures
from the shelter of compassion and pity,
you have men who will deal likewise with their fellow man."
~ St. Francis of Assisi
Please send prayer requests or updates to PrayersForPets@aol.com. THE CUT-OFF DATE TO BE ON THE NEXT PRAYER LIST IS 12:01 A.M. MONDAY MORNING. If you would like to respond with a note of encouragement to any individuals on this list, please use the e-mail addresses provided after each prayer request. If there is no address, this means that either none was provided, or the person does not wish to receive e-mail. Please do NOT send your replies to The Pet Prayer Line for forwarding, unless specified. PLEASE NOTIFY ME IMMEDIATELY OF ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS ON THIS LIST. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO FOR THE PET PRAYER LINE.Your signature MUST be included in every prayer request/update (first names or nicknames are okay). If you would like your e-mail address included along with your prayer request/update, please list it under your signature line, or it will not be included.
"A grateful thought toward heaven is of itself a prayer." ~ G. E. Lessing
We thank You, Lord, for all answered prayers,
and for bringing us together on this prayer chain,
allowing us to unite in love to help those in need.
We especially thank You for the following:
RUFFIN the Rottweiler: My friend Beryl sent a prayer request to your group a [couple of weeks] ago for my Rottweiler Ruffin after he ate a pile of chicken bones. Ruffin is OK now, but I was amazed at the number of people who responded with their emails. Thank you. Nelson [You can read updates about Ruffin and view more photos by going to Nelson's blog Living with Rottweilers http://livingwithrottweilers.blogspot.com/
This is our Christmas card. I sent a copy to everyone who sent me an email. The big guy on the right is Ruffin.
PRAYER REQUESTS:DEAR LORD, PLEASE GRANT HEALING, COMFORT AND STRENGTH TO THE FOLLOWING AND THEIR FAMILIES. DO WHAT IS BEST IN EACH SITUATION, FOR THE HIGHEST GOOD OF ALL CONCERNED, AND PLEASE GRANT THE GRACE OF PEACEFUL ACCEPTANCE, WHATEVER THE OUTCOME:ANIMALS:ELLA, our 5-yo Golden, is very ill with MMM. All of her head and face muscles are deteriorating. She can no longer chew her food, only drink it. She is now blind in her left eye. Please pray for her, that she will not suffer and that the disease will not get worse. Thank you. Lark BlumANIMALS IN THE COLD:Please pray for the animals and cats (and other animals) who are freezing out in the cold. Here in Nashville, animal control is very, very busy responding to multiple complaints. People who leave their pets out in this sub freezing weather don't deserve to have pets! Barbara HunterUPDATES - Please continue to pray for the following:KIMBER the dog: Well, we really could use some prayers again. Sadly, Kimber's cancer is spreading.... there is another tumor the surgeon found when he examined Kimber rectally the size of a marble. Prayers are appreciated... Kimber is such an angel...we appreciate the prayers. Thank you... and my prayers are with everyone here in this group Debbie & Kimber, PPLMSAMANTHA, BOB & CANDY: I ask our powerful prayer group to pray that my 2 beautiful white furbaby cats, SAMANTHA and her son BOB, to be healed of those nasty allergies on their faces and heads sometimes. I put on the cortosteriod cream and they get so upset. I know God could and will heal them miraculously. And please pray for CANDY, my friend's Yorkie, to be healed of her bad heart condition. She's a sweet dog and coughs so bad, even taking meds for her heart and Benadryl for the cough. She has a very enlarged heart. God loves all of His other creatures also. Love and Prayers and a happy, healthy, prosperous, blessed New Year to you all and all your beloved pets. KimWILLY, 5-yo cat, and his human family: Willy has been on antibiotics since August. The longest he has been completely off is one week and the last few weeks he has been cut down to a minimum dose for his cystitis. Willy began urinating blood again over the weekend. Please pray that this little guy can get well and get off the antibiotics. It has been a challenging few months for our family. I continue to have problems with my immune system even though the EBV and CMV viruses are gone. It has been 6 months now and I still have multiple food sensitivities and much fatigue. My neurological problems have also exaggerating again after our car was hit by a hit and run driver in November. My husband is just getting over a virus and we are praying that the illness has not affected his heart. He will be having his heart tests again in a couple of months and we are praying that his heart has continued to get stronger. Please keep us all in your prayers for our continued health. I am filled with great faith and joy that that 2014 is going to bring much improved health and prosperity for our family. I pray for the best New Year for all of you too! Peace, Love, and Joy. Sharon
TOBY, my 10-yo Standard Poodle, came through his surgery (skin tag removal) fine. He will get his stitches out next Monday. Please pray for a full and speedy recovery. Thanks for your prayers. Gloria, PPLM ~ Prayersforpets@aol.com
Toby resting on his bed the day after his surgery
VERNON (This prayer request was forwarded to me by a friend, who received it from a friend of hers): My sister and brother in law, Vernon, are traveling to Germany for cancer treatment....He has cancer of the throat and tongue and also believes it is traveling to his ear. He fought stage 4 cancer in his lymph gland 6 years ago through natural methods only. He is now very bad, and we are praying he will make the trip. He does not fly well, gets cluster headaches, plus he is spitting up a lot of blood. Once they are in Germany, it is a 3-week program including conventional and unconventional methods. I feel so helpless, but know through prayer anything is possible with God. Thank you so much and Happy New Year! Paula (no e-mail address given)
We pray for the repose of the souls of
the following and comfort to their families:
The following is the official prayer of The Pet Prayer Line:
Prayer for Our Animal Friends
Heavenly Father, the bond we share with our friends of other species
is a wonderful and special gift from You.
We now ask You to grant our special animal companions your Fatherly care
and healing power to take away any suffering they have.
Give us, their human friends, new understanding of our responsibilities
to these creatures of Yours.
They trust in us as we trust in You.
Our souls and theirs are on earth together to share friendship, affection, and caring.
Hear our heartfelt prayers for these, Your ill or suffering animals.
Fill them with healing Light and strength to overcome
whatever physical weakness they have:
(Here mention the names of the animals needing prayer).
Your goodness is turned upon every living thing;
Your grace flows to all Your creatures,
touching each of us with the reflection of Your love.
Grant our special animal companions long and healthy lives.
Bless our relationships with them, and if You see fit to take them from us,
help us to understand that they are not gone from us, but only drawing closer to You.
Grant that good St. Francis of Assisi,
Grant that good St. Francis of Assisi,
who honored You through all Your creatures.
may watch over our animal friends until they are safely with You in eternity,
where we hope to someday join them in giving You honor forever.
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