Dogs aren’t just cute, devoted, warm, and fuzzy. They teach us important things about God…and ourselves. We may just be dogs in Jesus’ pack…but He’s the best Alpha ever!
All Dogs Are Just Dogs
All dogs sniff butts. They all will eat “goat fudge” if they get the chance, and will check out their own vomit to see if there’s anything that deserves a second chance.
You can’t blame them…they’re just dogs.
You collies and labs, don’t pretend you’re better than the hound.
It’s fun to think how much better you are than the other dogs…how well you heel, and sit, and stay…how well you listen to Alpha.
But in the end, you’re just a dog. Don’t pretend your mess smells any better than theirs…Alpha still puts it in a scoop bag and throws it away. That’s what it’s like to be a dog.
The good news is, Alpha also plays with you and scratches your ears and gives you dinner just like all His other dogs.
So be happy…and don’t act like you’re more Alpha’s dog than another of the Pack. Continue reading
Dog and cat – the eternal dichotomy of the first world (since we can’t talk about men and women anymore).
There’s an old joke that goes like this:
The dog says, “You feed me; you shelter me; you play with me; you care for me…you must be God!”
The cat says, “You feed me; you shelter me; you play with me; you care for me…I must be God!”
We take an extreme example to make a point – and the point is this: Decide to be the dog. Here’s why… Continue reading
Two years ago, my family got its first dog. He’s a mild-mannered Border Collie with beautiful coloring and a low-maintenance coat – but that just tells you about his outside.
In the course of training him, we didn’t just learn about the way dogs think. We learned several things about human nature, as well.
I Can’t Read Alpha’s Mind
Border Collies are very smart. Too smart, in fact. Because they’re also lazy (like humans) they will try to guess, and “work smarter, not harder”.
When the military tried to train them as tracking dogs, they found that the Border Collies wouldn’t follow the scent. Not because their noses weren’t strong enough. But because they would try to take short-cuts, and guess.
Instead of following the clear scent trail, they would try to “skip ahead” and cut the quarry off – and 50% of the time they’d guess wrong. Continue reading
Stare at the Chicken
…And Your Soul Stares Back At You
When my mom recently mail-ordered 15 baby chicks, one of them came with a bum leg. It seems twisted backward/upside-down somehow, and makes it hard for the poor little guy to walk.
He’s my favorite, though – partly because he’s the one I can usually identify with certainly.
Life isn’t all roses and Starter Feed for our flamingo-wannabe. Continue reading