God's Providence and a Dog named Zeke

This is what Zeke looked like the night we found him
This is what Zeke looked like the night we found him

On Thanksgiving evening of 2008 I was bringing back some family members to my rural home after our Thanksgiving day gathering. It was dark, cold, and windy out. Big wet snow flakes were pelting against the car windows as we rounded the curve of my long driveway when we spotted a small dark creature of some kind. None of us were sure what it was. He wasn't running away so I suspected a house animal of some kind. I no more than opened the car door and in jumped a skinny wet cold and shivering little black dog.

He wasn't exactly the cutest thing I had ever seen but he was extremely lovable. I brought the little guy inside and my husband took one look at me and the dog and said emphatically, "NO!" Keep in mind we already had two in-door boxers and 3 cats. I argued that because of his size he couldn't possibly eat that much.

I spent the next few days posting lost dog alerts at all the local places people look for them. He also was flea infested which led me to believe that he was dumped by someone who didn't want to deal with it. Sadly this actually happens quite frequently in rural areas. People don't want to deal with the responsibilities of owning a pet and dump them off justifying themselves by assuming someone will find and care for them. I guess it worked for this little guy and we spent the next few days de-fleaing him.

I chose to name him Zeke as he was making himself at home much to the chagrin of my husband who still was not in favor of having one more pet in the house.

That winter our local "Aglow" hosted a speaker from Buffalo Minnesota named Pat Jenson who runs a horse ranch and ministry that includes therapy via horseback riding for handicapped, autistic, or abused children. She takes in abused horses as well and uses them with abused children to help in the healing process.

Missy and Snaggle tooth Zeke.  He had a one sided underbite that always cracked me up.
Missy and Snaggle tooth Zeke. He had a one sided underbite that always cracked me up.

Pat and her husband Dick did not want to travel home that night so I offered for them to stay at my house.

I forewarned them about all the animals and how obnoxious they could be. They said it would not be a problem and they would be more than happy to come. Zeke took a liking to them and slept with them that night and they fell in love with him. I did also explain that I loved the little guy but my husband was not that fond of him.

We visited for quite some time during their stay and I was so blessed by there visit. Dick played old hymns on my piano while Pat and I talked about life in general. She shared some things she was going through as in recently going through cancer treatments and suffering many side effects from it as well as having Fibromyalgia. Dick and Pat also spent much time listening attentively to my life story as well and the struggles I was facing at the time and we prayed together. I just loved them both.

Dick and Pat Jenson
Dick and Pat Jenson

A few months later Pat called me up quite saddened that her little dog, her pet for many years, had just passed away and she was wondering if I would be willing to give up Zeke. I told her I would like to think about it a bit as I was quite attached to him. She understood and said to think and pray about it and get back to her whenever I wanted. I already knew what my husband wanted although I did ask in hopes that maybe he had changed his mind after all this time reasoning to myself that maybe he might have started liking him a little bit. He wasn't budging a bit.

I prayed about it and decided that Pat needed Zeke more than I did and decided to give him to her and Dick. I just had the feeling that God wanted them to have him and it was a test of my willingness to do what God wanted.

We drove Zeke to Buffalo which is couple hours from where we live and left him with his new owners. Then I cried all the way home.

A few weeks later Pat called me to update me on Zeke's well being. She informed me that she had taken him to the vet to make sure he was healthy and up to date with shots and the vet discovered that he had a chip implant. It was revealed via the implant that Zeke was from the New Orleans area and was most likely a dog rescued from the aftermath of hurricane Katrina a devastating storm that hit the Gulf coast region in 2005. He was also traced to a Des Moines Iowa Humane Society that took in some of the Katrina rescue dogs and was adopted out from there. I live about 3 hours from Des Moines so it isn't too unlikely that someone from my area could have adopted him.

What inspired me to write this hub about Zeke, whom Pat renamed Ezekiel and fondly calls Zucchini, was a most recent visit from Pat and Dick. They just so happened to be in the area for a singing engagement for an anniversary party and offered to stop by with Zeke. He and they looked so healthy and happy. They shared how Zeke is involved with the ministry they do with the horses and people they work with. Zeke also visits nursing homes with Dick.

I couldn't have been happier about how this all turned out for Zeke and the Jensons.

Ezekiel means God will strengthen. I can see in this story of a little dog named Zeke how in God's providence He rescues and strengthens us in what ever trial we face and what ever struggle we are going through and when all is said and done He makes all things work together for our good and His awesome glory. And he even cares about the welfare of a little dog.

The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made ~ Psalm 145:9

For more information Pat and Dick's Ministry website is http://pjs-vvr.net/

Zeke doing ministry with a youth
Zeke doing ministry with a youth

© 2011 Tamarajo

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Vladimir Uhri 5 years ago from HubPages, FB

wanderful, thanks

Vlad


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

It is a great thing they do.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you Vladimir and dahoglund for your visit and comments. Blessed to have you stop by.


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RevLady 5 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Tamarajo,

A charming hub which I enjoyed reading. Zeke (Ezekiel /Zucchini) is where he is meant to be. It was a gift of love from you to your friends. All glory to God!

Love and peace in Him!

Forever His


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Tamarajo: all pets like that deserve our love for they give their own so freely.


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Faithful Daughter 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

What a warm and inspiring story! And how unselfish of you to give up Zeke to someone who needed him. God is pleased. Thanks for sharing.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hi RevLady, I am glad you enjoyed the hub. I really think it was God's orchestration of events that brought Zeke to where he is today. He seems to be a little blessing every where he goes.

I appreciate your visit and comment.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hi Dave, I agree as the verse goes "He has compassion on all that He has made" and so should we.

Thank you for stopping by and commenting.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hello Faithful Daughter. I am glad this story was inspiring. It still inspires me that God knows all. One part of the story that I forgot to include was that after Zeke left and our oldest boxer died it was discovered that one of my granddaughters was allergic to indoor pets. So little Zeke the most vulnerable of the two remaining dogs already had a good home. I only had to get Missy re-housed.

It all worked out for everyone's good and God was glorified once again.

Thank you for reading and commenting.


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The Minstrel 5 years ago from Hawaii

Thank you for such an inspiring and heartwarming hub. Bless you Tamarajo. It was refreshing to read about acts of compassion in a very cold world.


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Betty Johansen 5 years ago

Zeke is the cutest little minister I ever saw. Thanks for sharing his story with us.


VOICE CIW 5 years ago

Nice hub Tamarajo, you find a pet, fall in love with this pet, and feeling for a couple who have lost their pet, out of love for them and love for God, you give up the pet you love to the couple. This is a very heart-warming story. God bless you Tamarajo, I love you in the Lord.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you Minstrel for stopping by and reading my hub I am glad that you found it heartwarming. It still warms my heart how God moves in all things and takes a wind swept dog from Louisiana to a couple who lost their beloved pet and ends up using the little guy to bless other people.

Thanks again for visiting and commenting


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Betty, I am glad you think he is cute because I really didn't the first time I saw him. I really wasn't sure what he was in the dark that night. After getting to know him and Pats lovely grooming and care of him I think he is adorable now.

My husband was even happy to see him again believe it or not.

Thank you for visiting and commenting


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hi Voice. That was a tough one. I threw out my fleece when the decision had to be made I prayed that if I were to keep the dog he would make my husband more favorable to keeping him. He distinctly did not want to keep him and that really was how the decision was made. God knew what was best for all of us and He did just that.

Blessed to have you stop by Voice.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

TJ,

What a touching story with a great end. It's amazing how God can take a dog from the deep south and bring him to the far north and use him for ministry. Just think what He wants to do with us. Thanks for sharing.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you lifegate. That was my amazement too that God used this little dog from such a distant place. You summed it up well "just think what He wants to do with us" That is a great conclusion to the whole story.

Blessed to have you stop by and comment.


His daughter 5 years ago

What a great story, Tamarajo. It is so amazing what God uses for His purposes. God bless and thanks for sharing this with us.


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drpastorcarlotta 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Amazing!! A wonderful story! Thank you! Voted-Up!


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Yes His daughter it really is amazing how God orchestrates events, people and even animals to give Him glory and serve His purposes.

Thank you for the visit and comment.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

drpastprcarlotta I am glad you enjoyed the story thank you for the vote visit and comment. I appreciate you stopping by.


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FriendofTruth 5 years ago from Michigan

Definitely blessed by your story and Zeke...God's providence is so amazing!


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you Friend of truth for your visit and comment. I am glad you were blessed by the story.


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ladyjojo 5 years ago

Very nice hub!

You have a kind heart to take that dog home. I am not too fond of animals so i wouldn't have done that but i am happy you did it for zeke ;)

Thanks for sharing


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I truly have found that dogs set the example for "unconditional love". I so enjoyed this story and am very moved. Thank you. UP


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hi ladyjojo. It was so cold and snowy that evening and this little guy didn't have a coat for that kind of weather. I just couldn't leave him out there. It turned out all good anyways.

Thank you for stopping by and commenting


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you vocal coach. The Hebrew word for dog means all heart. Dogs certainly are all heart as you say with unconditional love.

Thank you for your visit and comment.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Wow - I did not know that. Wait until I share this with my sister. We are both such dog lovers. I just wish I had the power to protect each one of them. I fantasize about creating a beautiful planet just for children and animals. On this planet they would always be protected, cared for and loved, living in perfect joy! Well...that's my dream. Blessings to you.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

Excellent hub, great testimony of God's loving providence.I really love this story. Dogs has a special place in my heart. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story that portrays God's providential care for animals. Blessings to you and your family always. Best regards.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hi Cristina, yes God cares for all that He has made. And He showed His concern for Pat and Dick in there time of need withe little dog and now Zeke gets to bring Gods joy and companionship with many others.

Bless you for stopping by I appreciate your comment.


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Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Tamarajo... what an amazing story you have shared. Who could not love Zeke and the work he has carried out. They really are truly a blessing from above. I just finished a hub on the dogs that have come and gone in my life. They have so much to teach... Thank you for sharing with us...

Hugs and Blessings from Canada


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Tamarajo 3 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hi Rolly, Zekes story really is amazing. And yes so many lessons we can learn from them. Pat still calls me on occasion to let me know how well he is doing. He is still serving in Pat and Dicks ministries.

Thank you for stopping by to read my story. Blessed by your visit and comment.

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