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Our Dog was a Holy Roller

Credit: @terrylee&Iab2006
Buster always looked depressed

Buster was a depressed neurotic when we first took him in to our home and our hearts.

This springer spaniel had lived a happy country life until his owners divorced. Unfortunately, for the last two years he had languished in the garage of a townhouse during the day and slept crated at night. Buster was lucky to get two quick walks a day on a leash, no less. For a dog, such an existence was equal to solitary confinement in a maximum security prison.

The first month on our farm, Buster ran off all his extra weight and started to act like a normal dog. The former owner phoned us a couple of times, certain that we would be fed up with Buster's obsessive compulsive habits. Honestly, most of his irritating traits vanished as he began living the normal life of a typical dog. Although we were all surprised by Buster's quick transformation.

However, my husband and I noticed that Buster still need inner healing from his traumatic prison sentence. So he decided to pray over the dog. I laughed at the idea but not for long. As Michael's and my hands grew hot, sensing the flow of the Spirit through us to the dog, Buster started panting; he was getting hot as well. My eyes sprang open, my eyebrows shot up and I looked at Michael. His eyebrows were raised even higher than mine. Michael chuckled,

"It's getting hot, isn't it Buster?"

Buster just panted faster, his eyelids grew heavy and he started swaying. Michael encouraged him,

"It's okay boy. Just relax."

Suddenly Buster keeled over sideways. I knelt and peered into the dog's face,

"He is out cold!"

My husband and I looked at each other and started to laugh. We could hardly contain our amusement. To use Pentecostal or Holy Roller terminology, our dog was slain in the Spirit. So much for the theory that such behaviour is the result of mass hysteria or subconscious conditioning.

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My husband and I raised 9 children on a hobby farm and discovered fulfilment and joy.The very existence of a joyful mother of nine children seems to confound people. My writing is humourous and heart warming/ thoughtful and thought provoking with a strong current of spirituality running through it.
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By HomeRearedChef on December 18, 2012 at 01:39 am

Like I said to you in another post of yours, Melanie, I am beginning to believe that animals just might be more sensitive to God's presence. Isn't that just wonderful?! :)

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By melanie jean juneau on December 18, 2012 at 06:54 am

yes- and you have triggered even more animal stories1

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By HomeRearedChef on December 18, 2012 at 12:58 pm

I am glad I can help, Melanie. Keep those stories coming! :)

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By Barbara MacDonald on December 18, 2012 at 04:58 pm

Oh my Melanie...I could so picture this...I have actually been to a few Baptist churches and Holy Rollers...they are never boring, that's for you still have Buster? What a beautiful dog....:-)

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By melanie jean juneau on December 18, 2012 at 05:02 pm

I am glad you could see the scene in your mind- it was pretty he died from old age

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By Barbara MacDonald on December 18, 2012 at 05:11 pm

Yes, "speaking in tongues and laying on of hands..." sorry Buster is gone, but sounds like he had a good life...:-)

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