My Furry Family
Having never been raised alongside any other family pets except cats, I had no basis of what to expect of dogs as far as demeanor. Thankfully, I have had the pleasure and company of canines for well over twenty years now, and I will say, "as compared to felines, canines are more of an 'in-your-face' pet".
When I use the word 'pet' I will use it loosely, for sometimes I wonder who's leading or teaching who? Our dogs are like people, they have emotion, they have spirit. Man's best friend, I sure hope you go to Heaven as well, in fact I see no good reason why you would not, but back to that behavior you have. Good or bad, and sometimes unpredictable. you mongrels have worn me thin and brought me to the point of tears with your unsolicited and perhaps unearned love. They know when I arrive home, and I can hear them barking and scratching, sometimes, at the door in anticipation; how could you not love someone back who displays that amount of attention and affection towards you?
Sitting at the table with one hand down by my side, suddenly, a feeling of wet sandpaper on my hand; looking down I notice Parker, his soulful eyes and that comical face, the combination somehow reminds me of Colonel Sanders.
How do you suppose that dogs and humans could have developed such a love, not just any love, but that pure unconditional love that parents (should) share with their children and that God shares with us, Dogs have more of God's love in them than some people I know, and sometimes they are my inspiration to reach out to those who have troubled me most. The dogs dislike being scolded and if punished they are a little timid coming around at first, but give them a sign, and all has been forgotten. They are like who I want to be, forgiving, vulnerable (I want to allow myself to be more so) and loyal.
Are we silly?
Sure we have all heard of stories about how owners are so connected to their pets, they have even willed over their estate to them. Well, there is no chance of that happening here with me, for one, I have no estate to will. But at long as they live, I will love them; perhaps they have become like children to me.
Just like newborn babes, so my critters have become, and the subject of Oooohs and Aaaahs. Just walking them through the neighborhood, many people, especially children, find them irresistible and have ogled and/or cuddled them, all to Parker and Bella's delight. I'm just so happy to share them, they hopefully will radiate the love showered on them to those they come in contact with, if not too frightened or tired.
So much to say
Yes, I could go on and on about them both and if you are an owner, surely you understand what I'm saying. How many people have been saved by their dog, hundreds, thousands or tens of thousands? Just being alerted to or averted from physical danger is not all of what I'm speaking here, no, there are people being saved every minute, each day, because they have companionship.
Are we there yet?
Just took the two beasts for a walk up the road to the mailbox. It is always so funny to watch them jockey for position, and equally funny is watching them walk. Bella pulls along, like a miniature sled dog; while Parker has a fairly normal gait, outside of the wandering to and fro.
We only saw one other walker coming towards us on our return trip and we yielded the right-of-way to the sidewalk so as not to upset him or the dogs, who by this time were becoming very thirsty. Almost home, just another half mile to go. No squirrels, no birds, just trees and bushes to sniff at. Then we arrive, entering the home and straight to the water bowl. After the two have taken their fill, they sprawl upon the kitchen floor where the coolness provides them a well deserved rest.
Parker is pooped
Bella in bed
Thankful I am
I'm thankful for my dogs, they have gotten me through some rough patches with their love for me. know you may have very similar stories to tell about your own pets and I encourage you to share them in the comments section. And, if you are crazy about your animals like I am, you may have done even what I have and that was to create a profile on Facebook for them, all in fun.
Allow me to reflect on our good fortune to have such adoring animals in our care with a small prayer I found online.
O God, you have redeemed all creation
through the incarnation of your eternal Word;
Protect our pets, your creatures,
who provide us with joy
and nonjudgmental companionship;
Give us respect
for all of your redeemed creation,
that we may care for creation
as just and humble stewards;
We pray this in the name of the same Word, Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.