This Is Chula


She’s not well-known, but she is well liked by those who do know her.  Her tiny stature is deceptive.  She has a lion’s courage and her disposition is so very sweet.  She doesn’t ask for much…a kind word now and then; an occasional hug, a rib bone – raw, please, baby back if you have it.

A couple of years ago, she was attacked by a mastiff.  We were so scared by her injuries – large puncture wounds on her back.  Today she doesn’t walk well, stumbles frequently and can’t make it up the steps as well as she would otherwise, and though she may be slowed by these inconveniences, she’s not deterred.  That’s what made me think of posting about her this morning.

Chula - one of my heroines.
Chula – one of my heroines.

I watched her today hobbling along in the garden near the roses.  Her face is so serene.  When I call her name she looks at me with anticipation, complete trust, no fear.  The giant dogs next door can bark the roof off the house but she isn’t moved by them or haunted with memories of her attack.  I, on the other hand, am terrified they’ll knock the fence down!

Not Chula.  She continues her walk in serenity, ambling along with her awkward gait.  She refuses to allow her life to be determined by her injuries.  She won’t be intimidated by those mightier than she is.   At 5 pounds, she’s definitely not the largest dog on the block.  She’s not the loudest.  But, her determination and her refusal to be cowed brings me great joy and inspiration.  She strolls the fence line calmly, while on the opposite side creatures 20 times her size howl and bark.

Chula is one of God’s best things.  Why should I fear anything when I have her at my side?

 

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Author: Mom Sees All

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13 thoughts on “This Is Chula”

    1. My dear, I just posted to Melinda’s comment. Y’all are too sweet thinking about me like this. It makes me feel special. I was just telling her my husband has been in the hospital but is getting better now. You’ll be seeing me again regularly. Thanks so very much. I can’t tell you how much it means to me that you thought of me.

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      1. He’s been having fainting spells for the past several months…sometimes in the grocery, or just out shopping and once even sitting beside me in the pew at church! This was his 4th time to be in the hospital for it and it seems he has something called neurocardiogenic syncope – that’s a really impressive way to say his bp bottoms out because his blood has very little volume. He’s now on a high salt, high fluid diet. Seems to be helping but it’s not an instant fix. Weird huh? The good news is that it’s not fatal or malignant or dangerous unless he hits his head or he’s cooking.

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    1. Oh, my dear friend, aren’t you too adorable. I’ve been out of pocket and am just getting my wits about me again. My husband was in the hospital but all is well again now. God bless you and Janice for thinking of me.

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      1. Oh, I’m sorry, but so glad he’s better! No wonder you were outta touch! We were talking and realized neither one of us had heard from you!! I’ll tell her you’re ok. We were worried.
        Melinda

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    1. Hi, Janice,
      Hope you had a great trip! Can’t wait to hear about it. Yes, changed my hair and changed my picture…trying to beat mother nature to the draw. I’m turning my hair white before she does!

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