Spotted Angels

An excerpt from God's Messengers

One of the driving forces in my life was my mother, Shirley. She worked so very hard to give me just about anything in the world my heart desired. As I got older, it became my desire to make all her dreams come true.

Yes, I bought her diamonds. Yes, I bought her pearls. I flew her all around the world to visit those great places she'd only seen pictures of in books. Sure, those were all great presents, but the greatest gifts I ever got Shirley were a pair of living, spotted angels.

Oh, I can hear you now: How in the world can Richard actually give his mother angels, and spotted ones at that? He can't get those at Neiman Marcus! And you're right; you can't get them at Neiman's, but let me tell you, spotted angels really do exist.

What's that? You say you've never heard of them?

Fair enough. But then, please, you have to let me tell you about Rhett and Brent. I've been a Dalmatian lover for years. In fact, I had six of them, all girls. Their names were Scarlett, Ashley, Marty, Prissy, Pitty Pat and Melanie. My mother loved visiting me in Los Angeles and playing endlessly with the dogs.

I decided that I just had to have puppies, so one of my girls, Marty, became a mother. Soon I had six baby Dalmatians running all over my house.

Out of those six, there was one special little boy. I named him Rhett. When he was eight weeks old, I took Rhett on a plane ride to New Orleans. I rang the doorbell at my mother's house, and you should have seen Shirley's face when she laid eyes on this puppy. It was love at first "spot."

I saw how happy Rhett made my mom. She went nowhere without him. A year later, it was time for my girl, Melanie, to become a mother. Soon there were five new puppies. Again, there was one special little boy. I named this guy Brent. And before I knew it, we were on a plane heading to New Orleans again!

From the book God's Messengers Copyright © 2003 by Allen and Linda Anderson. Reprinted with permission of New World Library, Novato, CA.

I rang the doorbell again, and Shirley's eyes just about popped out of her head. "Another baby for me?" she asked. I don't think I ever saw my mom happier.

Shirley and her two new boys were such a team. Did I tell you how much they liked going to the beauty parlor? No, they weren't going there to get their spots lightened. It was just that wherever Shirley went, Rhett and Brent were sure to go. So when the driver came to pick up Shirley for her ride to the beauty parlor, he was going to have two other passengers as well.

And, oh, they went with Shirley on her trips to the supermarket too. Hey, they had to be sure that she picked out the right food for supper, you know!

My brother, Lenny, and I could feel a lot safer when Shirley was at home with Rhett and Brent. If anyone came to the front door of the house, they could not come inside unless they had passed the boys' inspections.

I loved my trips home to visit my new extended family. Rhett and Brent would just about knock me down when I got to the house. They were so excited to see me. I loved taking them for walks in Shirley's neighborhood, too. Well, to tell you the truth, it was more like Rhett and Brent were taking me for walks.

From the book God's Messengers Copyright © 2003 by Allen and Linda Anderson. Reprinted with permission of New World Library, Novato, CA.

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