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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Before and After (05/14/09)

TITLE: God Sent an Angel
By debora spadafora


I think David Baird said it best when he said, "He who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness, gathers love."

This is something I strongly believe in and the following true story goes to prove that a little kindness goes a long, long, way.

Two years ago, my Uncle made a decision that surely changed his life. His son Brian was getting married but his new wife was allergic to dogs. Brian had a boxer named Buster he loved very dearly. Instead of having to let Buster go, he decided to ask his Dad if he would be willing to take care of Buster as he knew in his heart that my Uncle would not only provide a good home for him but would love and take care of him.

My Uncle has always been a simple man, who never attended church very often and had somehow over the years lost his faith in religion. He was, however, very fond of animals and having lost his own dog years earlier, agreed to take Buster into his home as a favour to his son. At least this way, he thought, Brian can always see him when he comes to visit.

As time went by, Buster and my Uncle learned to trust each other and a friendship, such as no other, developed.

One summer evening, My Uncle went to bed as usual only to be awakened by Buster who kept on nudging him to get up. My Uncle got out of bed believing Buster needed to go outside. However, as he got up he felt a strong pain in his chest and decided to walk it off. He felt, perhaps it was just heartburn and if he walked around a bit, it may go away. All the while, Buster was on his heel keeping pace with him every step he took. The pain was getting worse and so my Uncle decided to wake his wife to let her know what was happening. When my Aunt awoke she knew immediately from the look on my Uncle's face that something serious was about to happen and she decided it was best to call an ambulance.

When the ambulance arrived, they assured my Uncle that he was a very lucky man. If he had not awakened when he did, he would not have survived the night. You see, my Uncle had suffered a heart attack and is alive today because of Buster. The dog he took in as a favour to his son has more than repaid that debt.

When my Uncle returned home from the hospital, my Aunt told him that Buster has never left his spot at the front door since the ambulance took my Uncle away. Buster was concerned and wanted to be sure my Uncle was ok.

My Uncle has never forgotten that night and every time he looks at Buster now, he remembers the decision he made when he agreed to adopt Buster. A decision that has forever changed his life.

"It was meant to be, God sent me an Angel, he would always say.

Not a week goes by now that he does not attend church regularly and thank God once again for his renewed faith and his Angel Buster.

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Jan Ackerson 05/21/09
What a wonderful story!

I think it might be stronger without the first two paragraphs. FYI: titles like 'uncle' and 'aunt' aren't capitalized when preceeded by a possessive pronoun (like 'my'). If you're referring to the person by name (Uncle Bob), then you do capitalize.

This was a fun read.
Janice Fitzpatrick05/22/09
Very good piece.I love stories with animals in it and I do believe that God uses anything or anyone to reach a person. Thank God for Buster and that the man decided to take in his son's dog for him. Nice story!!!