Rooster saved my life
by Kimba Platt-Ewing
(Palomar Mountain, CA USA)
In 1995 I had already been in my addiction to drugs/alcohol for 26 years. I was living in a garage and the one female dog I was caring for had given birth to about 8 puppies. I have always had a heart for animals and God knew this. So while I was out and about the runt ended up outside of the pen he shared with his mom and siblings along with one of his sisters. I found his sister dead and when I finally found Rooster, he was ice cold and I thought he was dead. When I touched his head he could barely lift it but he was alive!! I grabbed him up and little did I know at that time that he would end up being my saving grace. I fought to keep him alive and he lived. I had him for almost a year when I was arrested for the last time. Rooster was put to sleep and I felt like I lost a child. The pain was physical. It felt like someone punched a hole in my chest and tore my heart out. The drugs had eliminated most of my feelings but my heart opened up for that little dog and when I got locked up there was nothing I could do for him because I was in jail with no friends or family to help me or Rooster. The pain was unbearable and I had nowhere to find solace until I looked up and understood God was there to help me get through it.
Because of that little dog, God was able to restore my children to me and He restored my relationships with everyone else in my family. I hadn't had any of that while I was on the streets living that drug lifestyle. God used that beautiful little spirit to get my attention so that my life would be saved. It has been 17 years since I lost Rooster and I still cry for him. He saved my life. I am crying while I write this story about my little hero. I have been clean for 17 years and I now help homeless men and women with drug/alcohol/mental health issues get off the streets and become self supporting citizens once again. I miss Rooster each and every day but I know that he was and still is my angel and my lifesaver. God used him to get my attention because nothing else was working. I will never forget Rooster and his love and trust for me.