Skip to comments.Prayer request for lost pet
Posted on 05/29/2012 6:24:26 PM PDT by Salamander
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Any time, FRiend. Any time.
Ping me if there’s good news.
I keep coming back to check, too....so I put "alice" in the keywords. Works like a charm! :)
I have a friend that I’ve known for many years. We went to high school together, had various business dealings over the years and finally about six or seven years ago we ended up working together.
I have two sons, one of whom is chronically ill and the other who thinks he’s bulletproof. My friend had two sons also, roughly the same age.
His older boy was killed in a car wreck. He was the passenger. Bob took a good deal of time off of work and then returned. I had not been able to make the funeral, but had sent a card and per the family’s request had made a small charitable donation in the son’s name.
I was closing up a few nights after Bob had returned and looked up to see him standing there. I had no idea what to say. He knew that and said “Don’t even worry about words right now” and he bear hugged me and we both wept like babies.
Finally I said “You are living out my worst nightmare.” With that he was able to summon up a few words.
I came away from that moment with a new and deeper understanding of just what loss means. I sincerely pray for you right now, that The Father in His mercy, and for Jesus sake and in His name brings some sort of comfort to you.
I live in the certain knowledge of eternity. I believe with all my heart that The Father wants to lose none of us, and that He will give each in his own way the chance to repent and join with Him.
I pray peace of mind and healing for you, In Jesus name.
Check your FR mail in a few minutes.......
If I were in your place, I would renounce having any thing to do with a psychic, and ask The LORD to forgive me for listening to one. Then you would be open to His favor. Please do not inadvertently ask a person who is consulting with a devil for hidden knowledge, and then if it comes to pass give God the glory. God does not want glory or thanks due to a devils leading.
I use to be involved in the occult and because of opening myself to such things as going to a psychic and many other occult practices, I became able to hear and follow demons who portrayed themselves as guiding lights and said many things. I can attest to you that is what being a psychic is all about. I knew many psychics and most loved to talk about Jesus, but after I became a Christian and led by God's Spirit, I realized that the Jesus that they talked about was not the real Jesus, but a syrupy version of Jesus after their own imaginations and likings. It was a big lesson for me to learn that the occult practices I had been practicing and partaking in were not pleasing to God. I had to choose who I would follow. I could not follow the practices of Satan and of God at the same time, and think that I would be pleasing to God. I had to let go of all occult practices and choose to follow, seek, and trust, God, and God alone.
This whole thing with your pet snake may be to help you learn that you cannot take council from those who are not walking in the true light of God and then thank God if something from that false light comes to past. You want your pet snake back, but surely it is more important to know that you are following and pleasing God than even getting your beloved pet back. I hope and pray that you will renounce occult practices such as going to a medium and turn to The Living God as your help. Then if He brings your snake back you will know that it was by His hands, and you will be able to thank Him with all of your heart because you have been pleasing to Him. Also, for your pets sake, I would close the door to the destroyer. Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy. Jesus comes to bring us life abundantly.
2Corintheans 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
Act 16:16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
Act 16:17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.
Act 16:18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
Act 16:19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew [them] into the marketplace unto the rulers,
Deuteronomy 18:10 There shall not be found among you [any one] that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, [or] that useth divination, [or] an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
Deu 18:11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
Deu 18:12 For all that do these things [are] an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
Deu 18:13 Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.
Deu 18:14 For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so [to do].
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.
I haven’t read every single post but have you thought of renting a thermal scanner? Anything alive would show up. We had thermal scans done of our home and it was amazing what showed up.
This morning Mr Darnright went up to see how the new youngsters were doing. Larry was in the back of the pen (in his usual spot) and the 2 turkeys were in the middle. When Mr D opened the door, the turkeys made a mad dash for Larry.
They hid behind their new “dad” until the big scary man finished replenishing their food and water.
>We lost a son in a car wreck that is hell too, but we always knew where he was. Losing one and not knowing whether they were dead or alive is a special kind of hell.<
Yes it is. I watched my parents go through that hell, thankfully for “only” three days, with the loss of my oldest sister.
Bless you and your family Ditter. No one who has not experienced such a thing can truly understand. My mother never recovered. You’ve got my respect, FRiend, with your faith in God and with your strength.
I am so sorry for your loss. I know wherefore you speak regarding pets. I had an occasion last year of two of my pets getting out. One was gone for a day, one for 4 days. Another pet died of old age later in the year. I grieved for the pet that died, but got better over time. But the two that ran away was agony. Not knowing if they were hungry, hurt, thirsty, if they were looking for me was hell. I know the word closure gets bandied about a lot, but closure is a good feeling.
Guineas are good little tick hunters, y’say?
Aren’t they sort of noisy birds, or am I getting them mixed up with something else?
I’ve been debating with myself as to whether I should raise my owm protein. Birds give both eggs and meat, but I’d like something tougher and sassier than plain ole yardbirds. (Umm, I love having the black snake(s) around the property, but I’m afraid of them finding an easy meal in the coop.)
And yeah, I just wanted to check in & see if Alice had decided to make nice with Mommy.
I’m probably not the only one who is wondering how the search is going. Any updates??
Great tick hunters, great watch “dogs”which is why some might consider them “noisy”.
They’re less prone to predation because thy can actually fly and roost in trees.
Totally cool birds
And no, Alice has not resurfaced.
I know what you mean.
Not knowing is killing me.
Guineas are both good tick hunters and accomplished noise makers. The hens have a sweet, “come back, come back” or “buck wheat, buck wheat” call, but the BOYS. The boys cut loose with this machine gun “ACK ACK ACK ACK!!!” alarm yell that will rattle windows. Guineas are very aware of any change in their environment. They yell bloody murder if their people wear or carry anything of which they do not approve, like a floppy hat or umbrella. They easily recognize strange humans and are as quick as a dog to announce those strangers.
Guinea fowl are far closer to their wild african relatives than are most domestic chickens to the jungle fowl from which they developed. Therefore, guineas are far harder to catch or to treat for injuries or illness. If you catch one you will get bitten and/or flogged (quite painfully) with their wings if you don’t know what you’re doing.
On another note, I, too am wondering about the whereabouts of our missing snake, but I figure when Sal finds him she’ll let us know.
“They yell bloody murder if their people wear or carry anything of which they do not approve, like a floppy hat or umbrella.”
Gee...so do I.
[probably why I like ‘em so much]
If I had good news, I’d be screaming it from the rooftops.
Every day that goes by and I don’t, I feel guilty for not having it to share with everyone who’s been so kind.
Now I pray for y’alls’ sake, that he does come home.
The sweet, soft calls of the guinea fowl < /evil laugh>:
And the males: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_B2lMEyBsk
Other than this little, er, trait, they’re great!
It’s what they do & they are the Best! Your beautiful boy is every bit as loved & valued as anyone there.
I checked in to see &...still no Mr Alice :-( But these things take time. I know every day makes you more afraid & in a way, weaker (which is why I suggested the prayer angels) I feared that more than anything & wanted “back up”.
I’m still praying, too, Salamander. Hang in there.
ps I think the thermal camera idea is a good one, too. And maybe a pest control could help you find him?
Hmmm Does your local tv station do any animal stories? Twitter has an amber alert hashtag for pets. In fact, if you google “amber alert for pets”, there’s quite a few hits (including that).
pps Have Y’All been in the attic yet? Maybe there’s something important there & Alice is the only way you’ll go.
Funny thing...they make that sweet, soft noise while still in the shell.
It’s a rockin’ and rollin’ thing! :)
I come back to check the thread hoping for good news.
I know how hard it is for you not knowing where he is.
I am a firm believer in positive thoughts.
I really believe that he is some where in your house and you will find him when least expected. I base that on the behavior of the “uninvited” not so tame guys that have slipped into my place. They seem to show up at night when I’m on my way to a late night bathroom trek.
My prayers are still with you, and I’ll keep checking for good news.
When he does show up...spank his fanny. Do snakes have fannies? But I’m sure you will be so glad to see him it will be a lovefest.
Checking back in for great justice.
That’s funny...I’ve asked hubby the same thing...do snakes have butts so I can kick his?
If I see him again, I’m going to super happy, cry a lot and -then- be furious.
And then he’ll go into a new house that Houdini couldn’t escape.
Just to prove a ‘personality point’, my Bumblebee ball python, Ozzy is now living in Alice’s house and he is wildly happy to have such a wonderful home.
~Ozzy~ is grateful for it.
A thermal camera won’t work because ‘ectothermic’ snakes assume the exact same temperature as whatever their surroundings are, unlike mammals which self regulate their temps.
Pest control couldn’t get into the walls or under the floors any better than I can.
He’s got to find his way out on his own.
I’m resigned to that, now.
God bless you for keeping us in your prayers.
I did get a couple of personal emails from some people on that website who said “I HATE snakes but will pray anyway”.
I’m not sure how to answer them.
I kinda suspect Alice wasn’t very “popular” on that prayer list.
Thanks for the involuntary giggle.
Snakes have a pretty good sense of smell, right? They smell with that flicking tongue of theirs.
Is there something nice-smelling that will tempt Alice out of hiding?
You mentioned earlier that Alice couldn’t handle live mice. But I wonder if a live mouse might somehow be a better attraction with both motion, vibrations on the floor, and the heat?
I’m envisioning the mouse on a leash tied to a stick over the cardboard box. Although that never worked when I used to try catching rabbits when I was six!
Good luck in Alice’s return.
Just his supper and he may already be getting that on his own.
I’ve tried everything.
I had heat pads with thawed mice everywhere.
He may be somewhere that he can’t find his way back, even if he wants to.
He may have ‘gone native’ and gotten over his fear of them.
I just don’t know.
I can set the mouse aquarium on the floor, I suppose.
Maybe he’d feel them running in their wheel or smell them.
Good luck. Our indoor cat got outside just the other night for the first time ever (well, since it wandered into our yard as a juvenile 5 years ago). I felt so bad to think of it being outside in the cold and rain and me leaving the door open that she wandered out of. But it knew enough to hide under our shed.
I imagine Alice is just as smart and found shelter in your home somewhere. A buddy of mine lost his large boa (6-foot plus) back at the multi-unit old house back in college. For years afterwards he would get calls every once in awhile from the landlord that someone had caught a glimpse of the snake before it went behind a board, etc.
Alice is probably making the most of his adventure, and perhaps a change in weather will prompt him to join you again.
LOL! Thank you for the demonstration! From one of those links I jumped to another that demonstrated the hue and cry that resulted from one member of the flock escaping the fence. Hooboy! Nevermind, don’t need that! (Altho the contented hens saying their “come back” was kinda soothing.)
I used to live within walking distance of my parents’ house, and I would occasionally walk down for a visit with my dogs alongside. The collie I had at the time loved both my parents. One autumn day we walked up while Dad was gathering leaves with a backpack blower. He shucked it off but was still wearing a dust mask so dirty it matched his skin. To the collie I suppose he looked like some kind of alien - she’d have nothing to do with him till he removed that too. Funny at the time how much it freaked her out.
Bump hoping for good news......