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Lilly Mae Forever In Our Hearts

My wife Judith opened my eyes into the world of adoption for pets with special needs. It takes a special person to give an animal a second chance at life by adopting a special needs dog, or cat. These are the animals nobody wants. They sometimes need expensive medical attention and some don't live long. It's hard enough to get people to adopt the healthy ones from kill shelters, let alone the ones with health challenges. Lilly Mae is a Yorkshire Terrier that was returned to the breeder twice by separate adoptive families. She has a genetic neurological defect that has slowly paralyzed her. Judith adopted her when she was two. At that time she started experiencing balance issues. That slowly progressed. She and I watched Lilly's motor function decrease over the years. Sticking by her and giving her a caring home, surrounded with love. Moving forward eight years later. Lilly became totally dependent for the past three years. Needing 24 hour care. Feeding, cleaning, etc. I have watched my wife tend to her like a special needs child for the last three years. She has lost weight but she still could eat and move her head. She could not move anything else. My wife tends to her with love. Washing her, combing her hair, talking to her and sleeping with her to comfort her. Several weeks ago Lilly stopped breathing. Her tongue was out. My wife a retired RN breathed into her and resuscitated her. My wife held her in her arms crying. I was amazed at how my wife saved her. It was an emotional night to say the least. She managed to save her baby. Last night my wife was tending to Lilly during the New Year. Focused on Lilly the whole night. Lilly was not breathing right. My wife prayed to God in tears to help Lilly breath since she was struggling breathing. She also asked God to take her Life quickly so she wouldn't suffer if she wasn't going to make it. Fifteen seconds after the prayer Lilly who could not move. Jerked her head and moved her paws. Like a miracle her breathing normalized. God had responded to her prayer. Lilly is breathing and is sustaining. God answers prayers. My wife has Lilly on her lap with a blanket wrapped around her. Loving her as Lilly gets ready to move on. We have done all we can do for her. We now wait patiently. Lilly gave me and my wife many years of love. We will comfort her and be there for her. Michael Tor Adopt a pet they will bring joy to your life and teach you new lessons each day..

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Date: 3/3/2016 2:44:00 AM
I am an animal lover so I can understand what Lilly Mae means to you.Such an emotive story. I had a stray dog for eleven yrs.Found her as a puppy in a mainroad.If We didntvpick her she could have ended hit by a car.She suffered cancer in her last yr of life.We did antthing we could to ease her pain..She s been dead for about four yrs.Stull miss her everyday.
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michael tor
Date: 10/10/2017 12:32:00 AM
Touching story Charmaine God bless you sorry for late response..
Date: 1/27/2016 4:55:00 PM
Things that we can learn from pets is worth more than silver or gold but it does take some of that to be able to keep them..Someone put a dog out on us and I kept him 48 hours and knew that he would be unadoptable so I kept him to keep him from being put down..He has learned the name we gave him, he has gained some weight but he still is a yepper and a bitter..He is better but I don't know if he will over that or not..Thanks for stopping by..Sara
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Date: 1/30/2016 10:46:00 PM
Sara I hope your dog can adjust. Like so many people they need love. Sometimes their owners develop their personalities by being mean to them and they learn that mean trait. It takes love and patience to change them. I'm glad your trying to give him a life. god bless you.
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Sara Kendrick
Date: 1/27/2016 4:55:00 PM
I enjoyed reading your poem about this and the praise that you gave your wife..Sara
Date: 1/13/2016 4:27:00 PM
Yorkshire Terriers are very special. I enjoyed very much this poem.
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Date: 1/27/2016 10:29:00 AM
Sorry Nayda for late response been away from home.
Date: 1/13/2016 9:27:00 AM
i am so touched by this sense of compassion... lilly mae will be well taken care of by you and wifey... beautiful, sensitive piece; yes to this, michael.. huggs
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Date: 1/13/2016 9:28:00 AM
ohh, sorry lilly passed on..
Date: 1/10/2016 8:43:00 AM
excellent poem
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michael tor
Date: 1/27/2016 10:30:00 AM
Thank you Legendary Legend for your kind words sorry to respond so late been away.
Date: 1/9/2016 3:42:00 PM
This is a wonderful Michael, a message to us all, so glad to have read this..
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Date: 1/27/2016 10:29:00 AM
Thank you Harry so for late response been away from home.
Date: 1/8/2016 4:01:00 AM
Michael, is that your pic? :D anyhow such lovely narration.. im awed and happy for that act of kindness.. =`) smiles, Olive Eloisa =`)
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Date: 1/8/2016 10:37:00 AM
That's me Olive. Thank you for your kind comments.
Date: 1/4/2016 6:14:00 PM
Only one word can describe this poem with any justice, " Beautiful !" Emile. #7
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Date: 1/4/2016 8:28:00 PM
Thank you Emile for your well appreciated comments my friend.
Date: 1/4/2016 4:47:00 PM
So sad, enjoyed the read. Stay blessed...........A.M.
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Date: 1/4/2016 8:29:00 PM
Thank you my friend Afolabi. God bless you my friend.
Date: 1/2/2016 7:13:00 PM
oh, I just read your comment below here. So sorry she died, but now she is at peace.
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Date: 1/2/2016 8:13:00 PM
She is Andrea, at peace. She died in my wife's arms. Ironically she was up all night holding her and she doze of for about half an hour when she woke Lilly was deceased. God kept her from seeing her die.
Date: 1/2/2016 7:12:00 PM
wow, what a story this was, Michael. That is what I call devotion to an animal. And a PET is the best animal there is. What a wonderful tribute to your wife as well.
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Date: 1/2/2016 8:04:00 PM
Thank you Andrea my wife has a heart as big as the sun. She has nursed Lilly all along. Giving her 24 hour care for three years. Even sleeping with her. They were inseparable and even though Lilly lost her mobility she could still yelp and move her head. We prayed that she did not suffer. She didn't, she went peacefully. Thank you Andrea for your heartfelt words. God bless you.
Date: 1/2/2016 6:19:00 PM
Love and compassion towards any living being is pleasing to our Lord! Certainly your heart and that of your wife's has a lot of space to store an incredible amount of love! God bless you both, dear Michael.
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Date: 1/2/2016 7:53:00 PM
Thank you my friend for your kind words. They always mean so much Demetrios. I told my wife about your comment she thinks very highly of you and thanks you...
Date: 1/2/2016 8:57:00 AM
Just want to say Lilly died this morning in my wife's arms. She died peacefully. God answers prayers...
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Date: 1/1/2016 7:38:00 PM
Michael, you and Judith gave Lilly love and life. You are both merciful and kind people. Lilly is lucky to have you for a mommy and daddy. I know the emotions you're feeling. ~ I faced the same emotions with my 16 year old sheltie.
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michael tor
Date: 1/1/2016 11:26:00 PM
Lin I'm sorry about your Sheltie. They are precious. We are waiting for Lilly to be free of her disability. It is heart wrenching waiting. Thank you for your kind words Lin. Judy and I appreciate them.
Date: 1/1/2016 7:18:00 PM
Michael, what an amazing story. It is filled with love and compassion. It had my full attention from start to finish. Your wife is definitely an angel. Great testimony on the power of prayer.Outstanding job! -Alexis 7 Happy New Years to your family and friends!
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Date: 1/1/2016 11:29:00 PM
Hi Alexis thank you for your kind words. They mean a lot. We are waiting patiently for Lilly to be set free. God bless you for your words.
Date: 1/1/2016 6:01:00 PM
I'm moved by your poem, Michael it was miraculous what your wife did. I saved many pets through the year. Sometime I stayed up in shifts just to save a pet. But, never did I breathe life into one of my pets .. a blessing to read... happy new year... Linda
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michael tor
Date: 1/1/2016 11:30:00 PM
Thank you Linda so much for your kind words. Judy and I appreciated.
Date: 1/1/2016 5:39:00 PM
Oh Michael what an amazing story I was gripped from start to finish. i wish we could have a pet but I have an allergy to animal fur:-( hugs Jan xx
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Date: 1/1/2016 11:31:00 PM
Thank you Jan your words are comforting. Judy and I wish you well for the new year and for your caring words.