Lily and Maddison, the Blind Great Dane Story

lily and madison

blind great daneLily is a white Great Dane. At a young age, she had to have her eyes removed due to a rare illness. The owner had no idea what to do until Maddison, Lily’s pal, sensed her dilemma and became her guide dog. Now the two are truly inseparable. Through a series of maneuvers and sounds, Lily is able to get around. They begin and end each day together, and, when the two are playing, any observer would be hard-pressed to recognize that Lily is blind.
 
This partnership that is fostered out of great necessity is a wonderful reminder about the value of trusted and loyal friends. How wonderful to see this dog sense lily and maddison the others weakness and, instead of exploiting it, chooses to protect her vulnerable companion. It is as if Maddison had heard the words of Helen Keller: “Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”
 
I realize every one of us would hope to have friends and family that would be as sensitive and faithful as Maddison; however, there is nothing stopping us from being like Maddison to someone else who is going through a difficult time.

lily and madison blind great dane

Their difficulty is our opportunity to fulfill the “golden rule” many children are taught early in life: “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you” (NASB, Matthew 7:12).
 

Four Deer Rescued from Drowning

Deer Rescued from Drowning

It’s amazing how some of the best sermons are preached by the behavior of animals. This story recorded in several newspapers as well as other blog sights relate a powerful truth.
 
Trey Copeland of Outdoorzy.com explained it this way…
 
deer rescued on boat“Tom Satre told the Sitka Gazette that he was out with a charter group on his 62-foot fishing vessel when four juvenile black-tailed deer swam directly toward his boat. “Once the deer reached the boat, the four began to circle the boat, looking directly at us.
 
We could tell right away that the young bucks were distressed. I opened up my back gate and we helped the typically skittish and absolutely wild animals onto the boat. In all my years fishing, I’ve never seen anything quite like it! “Once on-board, they collapsed with exhaustion, shivering. We headed for Taku Harbor.

Four Deer Rescued
Deer Rescued on Boat

Once we reached the dock, the first buck that we had pulled from the water hopped onto the dock, looked back as if to say ‘thank you’ and disappeared into the forest.” After a bit of prodding and assistance, two more followed, but the smallest deer needed a little more help (that’s him in the wheelbarrow).

Deer Saved From Drowning
Deer Rescued from Drowning

His daughter, Anna, and son, Tim, helped the last buck to its feet. Tom said, “We didn’t know how long they had been in the icy waters or if there had been others who did not survive.” Tom concluded by saying,” My daughter later told me that the experience was something that she would never forget, and I suspect the deer felt the same way as well!”
 
The deer did not let their fear keep them from rescue. They were literally in over their heads and needed someone with a solution to their dilemma. Unlike humans, their pride did not keep them from seeking help. Neither did fear stifle them. How many times do we get into overwhelming circumstances and fail to cry out for help?
 
The pastor part of me sees more clearly in this story the meaning of the passage, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28