Dog Pieces

This might be the first post I’ve written about a dog. While looking for inspiration this morning, I discovered this little sign my friend Mari painted for Max’s room (my dog)!

I’ve discovered during the pandemic, that Max might not be the only one who prefers the company of other dogs to people. We tend to complain that we are soooooo bored, or are missing hugs, or sick of eating at home all the time. I miss movie dates with my hubby, popping by to visit a friend because I was “in the neighborhood.” Heck, even going to the grocery store and realizing after locking the car and walking 1/2 a block, I DON’T HAVE A MASK ON!! It’s getting old. No doubt about it. But what does it say for our faith when we are constant complainers or whiny about the state of our life?

2 Corinthians 5:7 For we live by believing and not by seeing.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

James 1:2-8 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

Furry Pieces

If you are person living with a fur; dog, cat, ferret, heck-even fish – the you know the importance of this kind of love. It’s completely non-conditional, they want nothing from you, except for love, but they don’t expect it. They may “talk” to you, but it will be more like baby talk-woof, meow, purr, or bubbles in the tank!

The companionship of an animal helps alleviate stress, loneliness and I’ve found to be a very gentle form of healing.

Companion animals: can they alleviate loneliness among older adults?

I wonder when Jesus was a child, did He have a pet? Were animals domesticated yet? I know the Queen of Sheba had many cats!

Have you found compassion with an animal? Do you live with a furry creature?