Category: Dog Tales

Over the years, the Lord has shown me a lot about what it means to serve him and what it means to be a Christian through the time I spend with dogs. I have three dogs that I feed and play with every day. I love them all very much. Sometimes they get into stuff they shouldn’t and do things they ought not to do. One of them, “Blue,” was recently getting out when she shouldn’t.

The first couple of times Blue got out, I found out how and so plugged the hole, so to speak. After being scolded each time for getting out, Blue “apologized” in a way that only dogs can. However, she found another way to get out, which took a bit of searching. Each time, Blue apologized. Yet, the last time she apologized, I told her I wasn’t buying it. In fact, I told her that she would just start looking for a new way to get out and then apologize again once she got caught. I thought about how different dogs are from people and how “superior” we are to them. That we could control ourselves and not “do it again.”

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2 Kings 18:31-32 (NIV)

31 “Do not listen to Hezekiah. This is what the king of Assyria says: Make peace with me and come out to me. Then each of you will eat fruit from your own vine and fig tree and drink water from your own cistern, 32 until I come and take you to a land like your own—a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of olive trees and honey. Choose life and not death!


Since moving up to Sacramento I’m able to spend a lot of time with my brother’s dogs. We get up each day and spend time working out, playing, and walking in the yard. Compared to a lot of other dogs, these ladies have it made. There’s the huge yard, rivaling those of rural Maryland where I grew up, with enough trees to have an ample supply of sticks and shade. In addition to the large yard, the dogs have, not one, but three dog houses, one of which has an upstairs with a ramp leading up to it. Instead of one large container for water, they have three, one of which I move around for them depending on the weather outside. As for toys, they have loads.

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