I wanted to share the picture of Brentina with all of you. She is doing so much better today thanks to all your prayers and the fabulous Dr. Nicole Johnson at Humphreys Giacopuzzi Veterenary Hospital. All of her vital signs today are normal and she is being fed small amounts every four hours. She is back to her normal self, pounding on the door for attention.
I don't want to be too optimistic yet, there are still things that could go wrong. All I and the Thomas family want for her is to finally enjoy retirement. She has worked so hard and done so much that a green pasture is what she deserves. She has made friends with the mini's at Epona and loves to babysit them in the pasture.
I can't thank you all enough for the overwhelming out poor of prayers, emails, text messages and phone calls. To think that Mama has touched this many people is amazing.
Prayers from DressageDaily's Father Mack
My Dear Debbie, Bob, Ruben, & "Momma,"
As Mary has already told you, I have been praying with might and mane ever since I read the announcement (in yesterday's issue of "DressageDaily") about Brentina's/Momma's surgery.
I am always comforted by the words of both Holy Scripture and the witness of Saint Augustine of Hippo concerning God's love for our animal friends. First that "old chestnut" from the Bible:
Matt. 10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s will.
Matt. 10:30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.
Matt. 10:31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
That other reference, to Saint Augustine, is a place in his "City of God" where he -- after a thorough study of the biblical texts -- offers his opinion that our friends the animals are without original sin and, thus, will join us in our heavenly reward.
Certainly Momma has shown you throughout her life that her gigantic heart is filled with love and not with sin. It is that love that has welled up beneath you every time the two of you entered the ring. And it is your love and the love of all of us who care for her that is being returned to her during her hospitalization.
Which is my typically long-winded way of saying that I am praying as hard as I am able. My prayers are not for Brentina alone but for the doctors and other medical personnel who look after her AND for all of you who love her so very, very much.
Please know that these prayers are for you.