Kindness Wins.

“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.”-Luke 6:35

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I have been an animal lover all of my life. Except for a few years when we were moving to Florida, we have always had a dog and usually a cat (or a FEW cats). Most of my pictures growing up have German Shepherds included.

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Since we have lived in Port Saint Lucie we have always taken our pets to the same veterinarian and they have always treated us with KINDNESS. They do not overcharge us for things, they are honest, and they truly care about the best interest of your pet.

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We have had a dog and two cats put to sleep at our vet’s office, and all three times it was a result of what the vet’s best judgment was for our pets.  Our dog was dying of cancer and surgery would be costly and probably not help. Our first cat was dying of old age/complications from some genetic diseases and would need to be hospitalized if she was not put down. Our last kitty Tebow was this year and was so hard. He was a stray we had taken in as our own. My sister rushed him to the vet that day because he had been attacked by another cat and was badly injured.  The vet called me a few hours later and said he had contracted Feline AIDS and at age 5, would probably never recover even if they operated on him due to his underlying disease. I had to make the decision and it was awfully painful; you could even hear the vet choking up on the line as he told me I was making the right decision for Tebow.

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Then, we lost our dog Beck this year.  He was at an emergency veterinarian so he did not pass away at our usual vet.  Though, when they found out what happened they were just as heartbroken as us. They loved him and remembered him with fond memories.

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Then just as they did for us when Tebow passed, they sent us this beautiful card.

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It is probably a customary thing to send sympathy cards when patients pass away, but this felt so much bigger than that. It felt like they really wanted us to know that our boy was loved, and that they loved us too. It felt special.

I feel this way, because I have seen their kindness on so many occasions.  Bringing my pets in for check ups, and seeing others bring in their pets to be put to sleep.  The veterinary and office staff are kind, and soft spoken with these sobbing and heartbroken owners.  They hold their hands and pet the animals as they wait to have their suffering end.  Words of comfort are spoken, and money is not talked about. Great memories are discussed instead of the sad circumstances they are currently in.

& I love this so much about them. They do not just love the animals, they love the people too.  They deeply care about them and care for their needs.  They go above and beyond what you would think people would do in their field of work. They make everyone feel important, loved, and special.

If only we all treated each other the same way in every day life.

What would the world be like if we held someone’s hand on a bad day? If we spoke words of kindness to all we met? If we sent a card to someone just to let them know we are thinking about them without expecting anything in return?

You do not have to be a Christian to love others. But as Christians, we should be the first to set the example.

-Kristin-

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