Going To The Dogs?

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Anyone who knows me knows that I love dogs, and I always have. I proudly wear my hat (shown below) to affirm my affinity for the four-legged fur-babies who have so insanely enriched my life.

I love dogs.


I have often spoken about the fact that I am sure that God has a sense of humor as indicated by His naming of these animals by using His name, but in reverse order. I add that I believe this is so because 1) dogs inherently show the same characteristics that God has always shown us and, 2) dogs have historically been referred to as man’s best friend.


The common characteristics I alluded to above would certainly include such things as unconditional love, absolute faithfulness, unblemished hearts and pure minds, steadfastness, and more. Obviously, like people, there are some bad apples in the lot, but overall, I would suggest that most dogs hold those God-like qualities.

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This is my co-author Kelly.


When I am with my dog Kelly (and all the others before her) I have often wondered what they would say if they could speak and communicate with me as humans do. Have you ever, perhaps even secretly, wondered the same? It would be interesting, I think. Admittedly, I don’t know how dogs’ minds work (other than what they do instinctively—like sniffing other dogs butts), but I know that they do not think like we humans do. Trips to the dog park and play days at the kennel have proven that without a doubt. For instance.


I’ve never seen any indication Kelly didn’t like another dog because it was a Labrador, poodle, or pug.
I’ve never seen her act like she didn’t like another dog because it was fat or too thin, too tall or too short.
I’ve never seen her turn her nose up at a dog of a different color or breed.


She’s never rejected another dog because it didn’t have a tail, or its ears flopped.


Basically, I have never seen her “thin-slice” any other dog—you know, look down on it because it was different than her.


We could learn some things from our dogs, can’t we? If we wanted to, we could learn the value of getting along with others who are different (in any way) from ourselves. We could learn to accept others for who they are. We could learn to live in harmony with each other when we are in this daily day-care we call life, couldn’t we? Really, we could learn the Jesus way to do life.


We can’t, but perhaps if we could we should all go to the dogs.

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV

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