icy patio

I thought I was humoring kids when we prayed for their pets, until one morning …..


I glanced out the icy window,  I must find Buttons.   I had looked until it got too dark.    He’ll be so cold.  I bundled for the cold car.

Headed out, but what direction?  Feeling a bit foolish, I prayed “God help me.”  I turned west, then north, then east— a woman was opening her garage door.

“Have you seen a puppy?”  I called.

“A little brown and black shih tzu?  We put him in the yard last night to keep him safe.”

Answered prayer?  Coincidence?


(True story about the lost and found puppy, except the day wasn’t icy.   I have learned one can pray for their pet.  Amazingly God sometimes answers in awesome ways. :D)


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About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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15 Responses to ANSWERED PRAYER?

  1. pranabaxom says:

    Coincidence, I doubt. You found a good human being, no doubt.

    • oneta hayes says:

      I believe that about the woman. How long do you think it takes to lift a garage door by hand. I doubt it takes a minute, but she was lifting it in my sight at that moment in time as I was driving by. Probably didn’t take me two minutes to drive by the part of the block where I could see her. I was driving slowly because I was trying to see the puppy. Anyway we happened to meet in that space of a minute or two. I didn’t lose anything by saying Thank You to the woman and to the Lord. We had a canal on the other side of the house where I really expected he might have gone and got attacked by some animal during the night. I’m glad I didn’t go that direction. If I had the woman would have been well on her way to work by the time I back tracked and went west, north, east. 😀

  2. Iain Kelly says:

    Whatever the reason, it’s good to hear of a happy ending!

    • oneta hayes says:

      Yes. I like saying Thank You. Thank you, Iain, for the read and the comment. Did you ever read my Thank You poem? Begins like this:
      “Thank you,” I say, to a passer-by who wishes me a nice day;
      “Thank you,” I say, for the stick of gum being passed my way;
      “Thank you,” I say, to the dog-catcher who returns my pet who is prone to stray.
      “Thank you,” I say, as a child admires my “technique” for making snakes out of clay;

  3. A little answered prayer, and nice neighbors. 😉

    • oneta hayes says:

      Yes, you are right. It wasn’t an icy night as I said but we lived near a canal area with trees and brush. I was afraid he went there where a wild animal could have attacked him. All’s well that ends well. And I did say Thank You, Lord. 😀

  4. msjadeli says:

    So glad you found him and that there are kind people in the world.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Yes, we had him several years after that. He was a pleasure to us. My husband ran over him because of a misunderstanding involving the safety of a grandson who was near the vehicle. Another story sometime, maybe. Thank you for the comment. I read your FF today along with several others I liked. Didn’t make many comments because my day was dominated by a change of email addresses and notifying the proper persons. Most are done but I still have a few to do. It is nice being WP friend with you. I’ll see you more.

  5. Dale says:

    What a lovely story, Oneta. And why not?

  6. Good people exist. A faith-in-humanity type of story. Well done.

  7. Faye says:

    I do believe we can pray for animals with a prayer of faith. All the creatures of this world are part of His Creation. I have heard of miracles regarding animals when folks have cared and prayed sincerely.

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