His Whistle is Louder

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This morning we said good-bye to our sweet little dog Jack as he passed away in our arms. Jack was a good friend, and fond of kisses which earned him the nick-name “Mr. Licky.” He was all too proud of his hunting prowess- often romping back to the house with a dirt covered nose and a mole or mouse he’d wrangled up from the yard. Though he was little guy, he was fearless and had many a stand-off with groundhogs twice his size- never backing down. He loved to frolic in our farm fields and nip at the cows’ heals- probably just because he enjoyed watching them scatter as he ran full-speed into the midst of the herd. He was a good snuggler, and his favorite spot was nestled in Doug’s lap.

When we told Gracie that Jack died this morning, Doug said this:

Jack passed away this morning and we are very sad. We will miss him. One of the reasons why we are so sad is because he was such a gift to us. Gracie, before you were born, there was a terrible storm in Biloxi, Mississippi. And God called Mama and I to go there and help the people who lost everything to rebuild their homes. When we were living down there, God gave us two wonderful gifts. Jack was one of them. All these years he has been a constant reminder of that wonderful time in our lives when we were serving the Lord. I’m especially sad because Jack was my friend there when Mama had to go home from Biloxi and I stayed behind to keep helping. Having Jack has just been a sweet reminder of that time that was so special in our lives. But you know, Gracie, the Lord gave us a second and even better gift from Biloxi— and that was you. We are so thankful for how God has blessed our lives with you. I’m sorry if I have been grumpy and short with you this week. It was because we knew that Jack was sick, and that’s hard. We knew the Lord was going to call him home. You know, I can whistle pretty loud to call our dogs home… and when I whistle our dogs come bounding back home to us with joy…  I can whistle pretty loud… but His whistle is louder….

In His hands are the souls of every living thing. (Job 11:40)


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Stephanie Cramer September 9, 2016 at 3:46 pm

Dear Monica, I am a member of Collierville Bible Church. At this point to my chagrin I am not sure if I will be able to attend the retreat. It’s a long story but I am playing “beat the clock” about some primary responsibilities that can’t be put off. I wanted you to know that my husband & I (through Diane Drees) are very aware of the multiplicity of challenges you are experiencing these recent days or weeks, our hearts have been open to these challenges with sadness. Chris & I have been praying daily for you. We too (a few years ago) lost a beloved special dog. I was in mourning for a very long time–though as your blog says–concurrently giving thanks for the gift of him. Your daughter has a marvelous face in the photo–she looks like she’s 8 going on 34…. Love in the Lamb, Stephanie Cramer


Deb September 9, 2016 at 4:33 pm

So sorry to hear about your family member, Mr. Lickey. I know you will miss him. Good story, Doug. Deb and Glenn


J September 9, 2016 at 4:43 pm

My dear friend,
I was so sad so read about Jack’s passing. The kids are sad, too, and wanted to be there to give Grace a big hug. I remember in June we were on your patio and Jack was lounging on my lap when he suddenly bolted to chase a squirrel. Tough and charming! I know you all will miss him terribly. We are thinking of you…


JS September 9, 2016 at 7:20 pm

Thanks Monica. Very nice. Some days it seems I just wait for his whistle. Today is one of those days. Eternity is going to be so much better. Hope you are well.


NF September 9, 2016 at 7:23 pm

I’m sorry to hear about Jack:( I enjoyed Doug’s story to Gracie… love you guys!


Cathy September 10, 2016 at 12:41 am

Charlie & I are shedding many tears. Jack was a special man who made it through adversity to enjoy a little bit of heaven on earth with an extra special family. <3


giff & terri September 19, 2016 at 6:13 pm

Gracie, Monica and Doug: We are so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. He was such a special little guy with a huge personality (which let him fit into the family so well). We are just one of the recipients of your grace and love while you were here on the Gulf Coast after Katrina and remember well when you got him. Yeah, a great little guy that brought smiles to all of us which were so much needed at that time. That is a beautiful picture of Gracie, Margie, Dutch and Jack which brought another smile and a tear to our eyes.
We love you guys and hope to see you soon.
Giff & Terri, Ocean Springs, MS


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