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Overwhelmed is a major understatement for how all of us feel right now.  I am trying to remain rational in the midst of nothing rational.  I hear so many in an outcry  and I am screaming the loudest.  None of this should have happened ever.  What he did to Puppy was devestating but what he has done to my family is unspeakable.  Only God can heal this and I trust that over time He will.  The prayers and support have been the only thing carrying us through.  

We have contacted a lawyer & the police are doing everything the law will allow.  Many people have reported issues with the neighbor in the past but we never would have guessed he'd pull something like this.  I don't understand why the same man who would coax Puppy into his driveway would suddenly turn on him and hate him so.  I have much that I want to say but I'm not sure how much I can because everything is still so up in the air.  The kids are going to take a long time to heal.  In 2006 our 15 year old golden retriever collie died but we were unable to get another puppy due to renting, so we ended up with a rabbit and guinea pigs to try and fill the void.  We lived in the Cleveland area at the time.  At the end of 2011 we lost our aunt in a tragic car accident.  We moved into the family home here in Pemberville shortly after.  Our kids were not keen on leaving all their friends but there was one bright spot - we could finally get their much prayed for puppy.  Because the house was in such need of work we postponed until Feb 2013 when a past youth pastor announced they had puppies to give away.  The only one left was the one we had already all fallen in love with and wanted.  A couple days later we drove 3 hours one way to get him.  This Sunday in only 3 minutes he was stolen away from us.  How do you comfort a sobbing child who can't understand why anyone would rob her of the puppy she has begged and prayed for for years?  How do you control the rage that builds inside as you hold your 2 babies all night because every time they close their eyes they see a man they called friend with a gun as he murders their beloved pet.  Movies can't even show animals being killed because everyone knows it isn't something you get over.  How can you make sense of any of it?  You can't.  I can't.  But I feel the prayers of the saints as they have lifted us up and because of God's grace we can still breathe.

We live in a broken world.  It was not created this way but we chose to seek our own will instead of God's and as He warned sin has brought death. I thank God that there is a Heaven and that no matter how bad it gets here it is the worst that His children will ever know.  But on the flip side no matter how good it gets here it is the best that anyone who refuses to submit to God's will will ever know.  Chris is not living in submission to God's will and doesn't have the assurance of Heaven.  He is an ill man who needs to meet a healing Savior.  Please pray that he will because Hell is not a nice place.  That does not let him off the hook.  There should still be consequences or he will continue to believe that he can literally get away with murder. Please also pray for his family as they are hurting through all of this as well.  His wife has been nothing but loving toward our family and she loved Puppy as well.  

Here though is where I come begging for help.  Prayer is the most important thing you can do & please don't just say you are, actually do it because God hears and answers.  Tonight Chris is next door in his own bed with his own puppy while my children are terrified to go outside as they mourn the loss of the puppy that he took from them.  There is something desperately wrong with that on every level.  I do not understand all the loopholes of laws and I know a lawyer friend is looking into how to do something more but there are loopholes that he is getting through and most of what people are talking about has no real value because the law doesn't agree from what I am being told.  He will appear in court tomorrow (Sept.11) at 10 AM but the only charges are inducing panic and injuring an animal.  That doesn't get him help that gets him nothing and we are left with the mess.  From what I understand there could be fines but how does that help us, right now I couldn't care less if the county makes some money, what about my children.  If he had shown them porn he'd be locked up right now but he can murder their beloved pet without remorse and walk around like nothing happened!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

What I need is someone who can help us make him get help someplace away from a school and a family with 7 children.  I cannot get them another puppy as long as that man is there.  Even if I could afford a fence, I would not dare put another puppy at risk.  That's not right!  Someone somewhere knows someone who can be the answer to our prayers with knowledge and resources far beyond ours.  Please please put the word out until that prayer is answered.  He is a veteran whose wife has to tell him over and over, "the war is over".  He needs help before someone is hurt worse.  There has to be something that can be done.  Please pray and share.

Thank you,
Misty Sunshine


Toledo 11 News did an interview today.  If you want to see it the link is:  http://www.toledonewsnow.com/story/23397364/pemberville-puppy-shot-and-killed-in-front-of-children


Also, someone just sent me a note that we are on the front page of the Sentinel Tribune.  The link is:  http://www.sent-trib.com/front-page/blog


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Larry (dad)
09/11/2013 6:30am

"I am trying to remain rational in the midst of nothing rational."

In the "world" (all that is not of Christ), there is nothing truly rational. Thankfully, as believers, we are only "in the world" and not "of the world."

John 17:
16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Jesus

I love this passage in the middle of "nothing makes sense":

Habakkuk 3:
17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
19 The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.

Praying for all of you for comfort AND wisdom as you navigate through this. Be discerning of "help" as this situation is more known ..

dad/grandpa ...

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YVONNE HARRIS
09/11/2013 8:42am

MISTY , MY PRAYERS GOES OUT TO YOU AND THE FAMILY , FOR THIS IS A VERY TRAGIC THING TO HAPPEN AND KNOW YOU ARE RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO THIS PERSON, MAY THIS MAN SEE THE WICKNESS THAT HE HAS DONE AND REPENT AND ASK FOR FORGIVENESS AND SEEK THE LORD FOR PEACE AND SALVATION, AND TO LET YOUR FAMILY KNOW THAT YOUR PUPPY HAD TO KNOW AND FEEL THE WARM LOVE OF YOUR FAMILY , GOD BLESS YOU

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Judy Gillespie
09/11/2013 11:25am

Misty, Marty and all You Beautiful Children,

I can not imagine the pain you are all going through, even tho I Believe that God will heal and make you whole again in his own time. What a wonderful Family that "Puppy was supposed to live with", to be so LOVED and Cared For!! It was his Joy of seeing you kids coming home from school that truly made his heart alive with Love! He was entirely consumed with his Unconditional Love for you. That is what you taught to him by your unconditional loving to him. We can only Look Up and ask "Why are some Seasons so short Lord"? I do believe that you all will receive answers to your questions when you are on the OTHER SIDE OF HEAVEN. Until then, please find comfort in knowing "THE VERTICAL ACCOUNTABILITY BETWEEN GOD AND THIS MAN IS PROMISED! I also would like to share these words from a writer:

Cherish each and every moment, for they will never come again.
Time rushes by for lovers, and the simple gesture of today is the treasured memory of tomorrow. Give and receive freely,…….

Remember, you are blessed to be loved,
but doubly blessed when you love in return.

Puppy lived his life in Love! Thanks to the Smith Family!!!

Your Friends,
Miss Judy and Jesus!

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Frank Evans, Artist
09/11/2013 6:36pm

I had burse into tears reading your story about your Puppy. I too sympathize with you all, having the same exact similar experience about a puppy I was to receive as a gift but the puppy feared the home-owner long before he was shot the day before I was about retrieve it. I had chose to forgive them...constantly...until I felt at peace with God about the puppy. Realizing later on, that puppy was grateful to have met me. "The loss of a friend cannot be replaced once it has passed on but you'll cherish what was". The quote Judy Gillespie verified "the love and care the Smith's Family provided" Puppy became content with. And as Larry had stated "navigate this through wisdom". Love thy neighbor, do good unto them that persecute you. Until then, for gi ve as difficult as the word is seen now. "When a man steals your coat, give him another". In Jesus Name...

Love ya,
Frank

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Isabel
09/12/2013 9:58am

This should never have happened, no animal should suffer like that and no child should see evil like that. Please try this, place a mirror outside your house, that reflects your neighbours house image and all the negative energy that he directs to you will be bounced back at him. I did this with a women who lived across from me who wanted to buy my house and tried to get me to leave by spreading rumours about me when I placed the mirror I prayed that God would help me to deflect her negativity and after 3 months she sold and left.
Peace Light and Love

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Frank Evans, Artist
09/12/2013 10:29pm

To Isabel, The mirror likened to "light reflected Christ". Is what I got from your message. Like water face to face...

Frank Evans, Artist

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Christopher James
09/12/2013 2:35pm

This is exactly what happens when we don't take care of our veterans. It's a fact that most veterans, if not ALL veterans come back from war with post traumatic stress, or some form of mental disability, and this country does nothing for them. After all they do for this country, whether you believe in the war or not, it's wrong to give them free medical care for their psychiatric issues, maybe even free housing not so close to normal society right away. They deserve that much. But no, we throw these damaged people right back into society, and then when something like this occurs, we just say "oops, oh well". This country really needs help. I hope you come across someone who can bring these issues to light and really get people excited enough to fight for them, and for you and your family. You will all be prayed for. While I'm at it I should go ahead and pray for this sick man and the fate of this country as well.

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Frank Evans, Artist
09/12/2013 10:07pm

To Christopher James, Jesus was leaning down writing some message in the sand. The tough guys had left him and went on there way. Who could imagine what was that message? What was the tough guy next door thinking? Let's imagine some sceneries. Did the guy get tired hearing his dogs bark at the Puppy next door? To shut the mouth of his dogs barking, that man resolved it. Or, was it from his childhood, a man shot his dog? We don't know. Yet, that guy doesn't care for Christians?? Maybe he don't know Christ and maybe he "just became over time a rebellious individual?" We don't know. Veterans are tough, USA Government trained and made to behave. How many people, veterans or not, no matter who they are, out there living free in society have more issues? The question may have a person to ponder "what would Jesus do?" "What message was written in the sand?" Hmmm......

Frank

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Frank Evans, Artist
09/12/2013 10:08pm

To Christopher James, Jesus was leaning down writing some message in the sand. The tough guys had left him and went on there way. Who could imagine what was that message? What was the tough guy next door thinking? Let's imagine some sceneries. Did the guy get tired hearing his dogs bark at the Puppy next door? To shut the mouth of his dogs barking, that man resolved it. Or, was it from his childhood, a man shot his dog? We don't know. Yet, that guy doesn't care for Christians?? Maybe he don't know Christ and maybe he "just became over time a rebellious individual?" We don't know. Veterans are tough, USA Government trained and made to behave. How many people, veterans or not, no matter who they are, out there living free in society have more issues? The question may have a person to ponder "what would Jesus do?" "What message was written in the sand?" Hmmm......

Frank

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Laura
09/12/2013 4:40pm

Just said a prayer. Hugs to you. Hoping something wonderful comes out of this heartache for all of you.

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Frank Evans
09/12/2013 10:18pm

'The one who humbles themselves and prays' asking the Holy Spirit for direction. What will come out of all this is? The character of Christ will be sown like seeds in the individual as the Potter molds the clay.

Frank Evans, Artist

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lisa
09/13/2013 6:16pm

Prayers going up for all of you that you will soon have peace. Know that you're loved, thought of and prayed for- daily.

<3

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Molly C
09/19/2013 12:53am

So sorry to hear about this tragedy. I don't have the words to express my thoughts other than to say "Hang in there".
Much love to you and your family.

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Ray
10/05/2013 9:42am

First he should be shot in the stomach because they say that is the second painful shot, or a knife to the kidney, which is said to be so painful the victim can't even scream from the pain. Finally a buckwheat gun shot which is being executed with a bullet up the rectum, i.e. a very slow and painful death.

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Frank Evans
10/05/2013 11:35am

Ray, Are you suggesting to be the ghost gun slayer toward the man next door? Suppose we were the Smith's living next door in uncertainty; divided. Having children to protect, yet "what exists in the mind of the youngest?" and protecting ourselves of all have had thoughts toward fear of the unknown but we all must resist the temptation in becoming....Batman. The Word of God says: (1). Cast down every evil thought to line them up with the Word of God. (2) "Vengeance is mine" says the Lord. (3) Rest in Jesus.

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10/05/2013 7:30pm

Hi Ray,

I wanted you to know I appreciate your sentiment but it is not the attitude I want to reflect in this blog, so please, no one else post sentiments like this. There is enough hate toward Chris in the secular news comments where I can do nothing but get a heavy heart when I read them. I started this blog long before all of this happened in an effort to show how Christ walks through life with us. He is in fact walking through this with us and though it is very difficult, throwing hatred back at Chris only makes us like him. We as a family are choosing to forgive and still pursue proper consequences for his wrongful actions. Thank you for your understanding.

Many blessings in Christ,
Misty Sunshine

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