Much like a Rescue Animals am I. There was a time when I was Lost, scared, feared the world around me, confused, made terrible-terrible decisions, and I somehow felt abandoned and alone even with loving friends and family around me....
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This picture depicts Jesus searching, rescuing,
and saving the lost sheep.
Jesus is the one who brings us back to God.
Jesus Christ is the "Good Shepherd"
who searches for the Lost Sheep We are the Lost Sheep!
Resuce Dog! Rescue Me!
All of our dogs have been rescue dogs and foundlings. Dogs picked up off the streets or adopted through an animal shelter. We don't have a lot of money but we have given each dog a loving home. There were times that I could not afford to take the dogs to the vet; I would explain to them that I couldn't afford go to go to the doctor either.
When you take on the responsibility of having a dog, a cat, a pet they look at you for their food and water, shelter, exercise, and care. All of our animals have been so much more than just pets; they have all been an integral part of the family; a part of our family that we love with all of our hearts.
Even though our Pet Families depend on us two-legged creatures for all of their needs;
I feel that I have ALWAYS received more than I gave. My Pet Family has given me love, devotion, companionship, friendship, and when it was called for forgiveness.
My Pet Family has been a tremendous joy in my life. They put their trust in me, they are never judgmental, and they are always there for me. Truly I have NEVER earned this love and grace that my Pet Family has given me.
I think of how each of them was brought into our lives. When I got married I also married my wife's dog, Pupper! Pupper (16-years) was picked up scared beside a highway. Pupper was truly devoted to my wife Jo and Pupper hardly would leave Jo's side. Pupper was there when our children were born! Once when I had pneumonia, I was very sick in bed and every time I woke up from my chills and fever¡ Pupper was ALWAYS there at my bedside! I can't tell you how comforting this was to me when I was real sick!
After Pupper died my wife adopted Jodie from the animal shelter. Well Jodie was a Golden Retriever (7-years) mix that died way too young from liver/kidney failure. Her death was so tragic and truly heartbreaking because she had always been so vivacious and young. She was a stinker and a "scoundrel" but that is so much of what made her so special! She had an ear-splitting bark that would pierce your ears. She would ring a bell hanging on the door when it was time to go for a walk. She would chase anything that I could throw.
She loved the water. One memorable snow covered winter Jodie went barreling and romping down the middle of a stream. Bouncing and splashing down through the water with snow on each bank it was a wonderful time and a beautiful picture that I will always hold in my mind. Jody loved to go for car rides! She would be so excited to go! She always was sticking her head out too far; and that is how she lived her short life; to the fullest with her head sticking out too far!
Murphy with my Grandaughter Jessica
Later one night as I was coming home from work around 4:00AM in the morning my car started to make a rattling sound so I pulled into a deserted church parking lot to take a look. As soon as I got out of the car a little puppy ran up to me and rolled onto her back looking up at me!
WOW! At this time she looked much like Jodie (sleeping at home); so if I had left her there it would have been like leaving my own dog! I opened the car door and the pup jumped right in. She was happy to have found someone. As I drove home the pup put her head in my lap the entire way home. And here's the "miracle" (in our everyday life): After I picked up the puppy the car rattle disappeared! I only had car trouble long enough to pick up a deserted and abandoned puppy at 4:00AM in a church parking lot! We named this little dog Murphy. Murphy and Jodie got along great together. Murphy was with us for 14-loving years!
Murphy's Last Day
Later my wife adopted a 4-year old Cocker Spaniel mix named Beckett from the animal shelter. Murphy and Beckett got along just fine! Beckett was one of the sweetest dogs of all time! At night I would often lie on the floor, lie next to the fan (to drown out the noise), meditate, and pray. Beckett would ALWAYS be with me¡ lying down next to me¡ often with her head on my chest, or under my arm. Beckett did this "Prayer Time" so often with me I figure she was a Christian too. I know that dogs know, understand, and recognized our emotions and our deepest feelings without understanding words. Beckett understood the "aurora of prayer" a "blanket of prayer" which covered the two of us. This is why Beckett was so devoted and drawn to OUR devotion time!
This may sound weird to some (very unorthodox maybe) but I know that Beckett was close to me and that Beckett was close to God. Soon after Murphy died our old Beckett (14-years) died the day after Christmas 2007. (This is another story!)
Three whole years went by until we adopted a little Chihuahua mix dog named Sandy from our maintenance man, Mike Sanders who saved her from a kill shelter. Mike's mom had called him to pickup and to SAVE the little dog. Mr. Mike has a BIG Heart but he has LITTLE time! Mr. Mike works long hours; he was even paying to have Sandy dog-sat and walked around the apartments. Very fortunate for us, Mr. Mike knew that we would give Sandy a good loving home so he very unselfishly offered Sandy to us.
We jumped at this opprotunity to adopt Sandy!
I got into the habit of calling Sandy, "PeeWee" and now her name seems to be "PeeWee!" She is an adorable little 4-year old Chihuahua mix with big fox-like ears, white socks, and a corkscrew tail. PeeWee is the kind of dog that is ALWAYS by your side. She is like "people-glue" she has to be near someone. She is ALWAYS spreading the Love! Working now from home, PeeWee is with me much of the time and goes with me as much as possible. She is concentrated love in a small package!
As much as these dogs of my Pet Family (my cat family is another story) have been SAVED; I have been SAVED in much the same way by God.
Much like a Rescue Animals am I. There was a time when I was Lost, scared, feared the world around me, confused, made terrible-terrible decisions, and I somehow felt abandoned and alone even with loving friends and family around me.
But as I was blindly walking through my life, a life of selfishness,
self-centeredness, and greed, I was blind (and I do mean BLIND to the needs of others.) I was hurting myself and everyone I loved; I despised myself with great loathing (not an exaggeration/also a symptom of deep Depression.)
Little did I know that God was searching and looking for me. I know that I wasn't looking for Him! God was calling me in a soft loving voice; a whisper. For years I never listened. But like a lost dog, I was yearning to be found, to be taken in, to be safe, loved, and to be adopted into a loving family. I was unaware that I was also looking for forgiveness too!
Yes, God was searching for me so undeserving. God was calling me unto Himself.
God was NOT there to condemn and punish me for getting lost; going astray. God was there to adopt me into His family. For (loving) reasons (grace) I don't fully understand (beyond understanding);
"God Forgave Me!" And God was willing to shower me with love and grace, Gifts of God that I did not deserve, earn, or merit.
Yes, God my Savior has RESCUED ME!
"I Might Never Let Go" a Tribute to my Pet Family Past... and to my Pet Family Present¡ Heartwarming video for Animal Lovers on the "Joys" and the "Heartbreak" of the loss of a family pet. Video Presentation by Bible Basics. Music by the BoDeans.
PeeWee vs. The Giant Green Snake
PeeWee the super-pup saves the world (again)
in PeeWee's latest adventure of "Attack of the Killer Squirrels!"
This movie was shot entirely in exotic Richardson, Texas.
"Attack of the Killer Squirrels!" is a Yo! Red, the Ball Production
& Bible Basics.
Now that I have been adopted into the Family of God I TRY to walk closely with God. God does not have me on a short leash; God gives me free-choice, freedom to wander. Even though God does not put restraints on me it is my greatest desire to stay close by His side, to follow God closely all the days of my life. I pray to open my heart and my mind to God;
to joyfully obey God.
And when life and this world is calling me away to ALWAYS listen for my Master's Loving Voice. And whenever I do wander away from my Master; God is ALWAYS searching, calling, and waiting for my return. Amen
Adopted into God's Family
4For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5he predestined us to be adopted as his sons(daughters)through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will 6to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
Love Beyond Understanding
...to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ and to know this love that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled to the measure of all fullness of God.
Oh My! I saw Marley & Me for the first time on TV. It brought back so many memories of Jodie our Lab mix that looked like Marley and acted much like Marley in the movie. When Jodie was a puppy she was a Puppy-Terminator-Destructor. She swallowed remote controls, had an ear-piercing bark, loved to chase anything, loved the water, loved to stick her head out the car window! Jodie could eat a pie or anything on the table or counter in just one breath! Jodie was so rambunctious, a scoundrel, and a rascal. Marley reminded me of Jodie, of Pupper when our kids were born, Murphy when Marley was lost, and of Beckett when the wife had a miscarriage! I cried throughout the movie. Marley & Me is a great, funny, heartbreaking movie... be prepared to cry!
"Marley & Me" is a true story written by John Grogan. "Marley & Me" - Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog is a New York Times bestselling autobiographical book by journalist John Grogan that has been transformed into a great movie starring Owen Wilson,Jennifer Aniston, Alan Arkin, and Kathleen Turner.
Marley reminds me of my old dogs as Marley grows up from a cute puppy...
to a vibrant adult... to an old gracious dog.
Hachi * Hachikō
"Hachiko" based on a true story about a dog that patiently waited for his deceased master to return at a train station everyday for 9-years!
November 10, 1923 – March 8, 1935
Each year on April 8, Hachiko's devotion is honored with a solemn ceremony of remembrance at Tokyo's Shibuya railroad station. Hundreds of dog lovers often turn out to honor his memory and loyalty.
Hachiko was the subject of the 1987 movie Hachi-ko (Hachiko Monogatari) ¥Ï¥Á¹«ÎïÕZ (literally The Tale of Hachiko, which told the story of his life from his birth up until his death and imagined spiritual reunion with his master.
Hachi: A Dog's Story, released in August 2009, is the American movie starring actor Richard Gere.
Hachikō is also the subject of a 2004 children's book entitled Hachikō: The True Story of a Loyal Dog, written by Pamela S. Turner and illustrated by Yan Nascimbene. Another children's book, a short novel for readers of all ages called Hachiko Waits, written by Lesléa Newman and illustrated by Machiyo Kodaira.
In April 1934, a bronze statue in his likeness
was erected at Shibuya Station.
Hachikō (ハチ公 ('hachi' meaning 'eight', a number referring to the dog's birth order in the litter, and 'kō,' meaning prince or duke), was an Akita dog born on a farm near the city of Ōdate, Akita Prefecture, remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner, 9 years years after his owner's death.
I just watched the American version of Hachiko and yes I cried a lot (and I am still crying!) I’ve had a dog all my life. Recently after the death of our “old girls” (3-years ago) we have adopted a rescue dog “PeeWee”.
I figured that at my age I would mercifully die before my dog that I love and adore. But after watching the movie I now know that this is selfish.
I wanted to avoid the pain of the loss of another beloved pet member of my family. Again after watching the movie I now pray to be there for my pet companion when she passes away!
Soldier’s Prayers by Bible Basics:
Tribute to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. Soldiers with their counterparts:
Dog-Soldiers. Man's best friend... "Dog" serving to save American lives!
A Soldier's Sweet Homecoming
The Creation of Dog
And Adam said "Lord, when I was in the Garden, you walked with me every day - now I do not see you and it is difficult for me to remember how much you love me ..."
And God said, "I will create a companion for you - it will be a reflection of my love for you so that you know that even when you cannot see me, and regardless of how selfish, childish and unlovable you may be, this new companion will accept you and will love you as I do in spite of your faults."
And God created a new companion for Adam. And it was a good companion. And God was pleased. And the new companion was pleased to be with Adam and wagged its tail.
And God said, "Because I have created this new companion to be a reflection of my love for you, it's name will be a reflection of my own name and you will call him 'Dog'."
Dog lived with Adam and was a companion to him and loved him. And Adam was comforted. And God was pleased. Dog was content and wagged his tail.
It came to pass that Adam grew to believe that he was worthy of adoration and self-pride. And God was not pleased.
And the Lord created another companion who would be with Adam forever, and who would see Adam's self-adulation and pride. The companion would remind him of his limitations so that Adam will know that he is not worthy of adoration and pride.
And God created 'Cat' to be a companion of Adam. And Cat would not obey Adam and occasionally looked at Adam with disdain and Adam was reminded that indeed he was not the Supreme Being. And Adam learned humility.
And God was pleased. And Adam was chastened. And Dog wagged his tail.
And Cat did not care one way or the other.
- Author Unknown
To My Dog
I will never move and not take you with me.
I will never put you in a shelter and leave.
I will never let you starve.
I will never desert you when you get old.
Nor will I leave you when you go blind.
If that time comes I will be there to hold you.
Because I love you and you are FAMILY. The Reunion Chronicles
How many of us have said,
“I will never have a pet again, for the loss and pain
is more than I can stand.”
Dog’s Last Will and Testament
Before humans die, they write their last will and testament, give their home and all they have to those they leave behind. If, with my paws, I could do the same, this is what I’d ask…
To a poor and lonely stray I’d give my happy home, my bowl, cozy bed, soft pillow,, and all my toys; the lap, which I loved so much; the hand that stroked my fur; and the sweet voice that spoke my name.
I’d will to the sad, scared shelter dog this place I had in my human’s loving heart, of which there seemed no bounds.
So, when I die, please do not say, “I will never have a pet again, for the loss and pain is more than I can stand.”
Instead, go find an unloved dog, one whose life has held no joy or hope, and give my place to him.
This is the only thing I can give…