A life paid for

April 20, 2022

By Jeff Becraft


Both of our dogs are rescues. Each has its own unique story. Moe is particularly interesting.

It is a longer backstory of how we even came into connection with Moe in the first place but there is not space to get into that today.

Before he lived with us, Moe (in all his jumping fences and living off the land and wreaking havoc in neighborhoods for as much as a week at a time) wound up on death row for dogs. He was to be put down that day. I am not sure how my wife and youngest daughter even found out about this but they did.

They went and rescued Moe.

My wife told me she would find a new home for him in 30 days. Well, that was 13 years ago…  He is and has been a Becraft over that time.

There was a price to be paid to rescue Moe. Brenda and Hannah had to leave where they were and go to where he was and adopt him and bring him home. They intervened in his life.

Where he was, according to policies and regulations, his life was not valuable. He needed to be gotten rid of. But there was a love and a compassion that drove Brenda and Hannah. (The car was simply the vehicle that got them there.) And with Moe came everything that was Moe. Love comes with a high price tag.

It took Moe a while to accept our love and understand he was now a Becraft… but that is a story for another time.

Moe is extremely loyal and loving. He is living out the purpose of his life. Even now, as I type this, he is lying next to my chair. If I were to get up and go to another room, he would get up and move also.

He likes Brenda the best, though. Wherever Brenda is, that is where Moe wants to be. And he doesn’t just sit next to Brenda’s chair; he sits leaning up against her leg.

If Brenda leaves the house, Moe will lie at the front door, with his mug right at the door, staring at it in eager expectation for her to walk back through it.  I could understand it if he could see out the door… but this is a solid door. He can’t see nothin’.

But he waits in eager expectation because the one he loves, or more importantly – the one who first loved him and rescued his life, has left through the door. He wants nothing more than to see her face.

To those who have received much love, they love much in return.

Moe knows – there was a price paid for his life.


Jeff Becraft is the Director Emeritus for Youth Corps and has dedicated much of his life to helping shift the vision of people’s lives. Youth Corps is a life-changing leadership development experience that inspires high school students to be leaders in the Midlands and beyond. You can connect with Jeff at [email protected].