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It’s a dog’s life!

We have a new member of our family.  In May we brought a little puppy into our lives.  Oliver is a fluffy, bouncy, bundle of joy who has become the missing puzzle piece to our family.  That alone is a miracle.  You see, I NEVER thought that we would have a dog.  I grew up with farm dogs.  Farm dogs are working dogs who could be gone for days, chew on cow poop, roll in mud, and have a little wild streak to them.  The life expentancy of a farm dog was short because they lived a dangerous life.  I never really got very close to our farm dogs.  But, Oliver has made me one of THOSE types of people now.  You know……head-over-heels-in-love-with-dogs kind of guy!  I also have been reminded of life through watching our new little guy in the house.  Here are some things that I have learned from living with our puppy:

Live in the moment!  Dog’s seem to live in the moment.  They don’t dwell on the past or worry about the future.  If we can learn to appreciate what is happening in the here and now we can experience a richness to God’s blessings now.

Nurture a balanced life!  Just as we offer exercise, discipline, and affection everyday for our pets, do the same for yourself. 

Trust your instincts:  Animals don’t care about words. They recognize that what’s really going on in any interaction is beneath the surface. Many of us have lost touch with this all-important instinctual part of our natures. By paying attention to nonverbal cues such as body language and energy, we can learn more about our friends, our loved ones, and ourselves.

Be direct and consistent in your communication.

Great relationships, no matter the species, begin with clear and consistent communication. This is a lesson we should carry into other areas of our lives—with our family, our friends, and at work. Remember: We teach people how to treat us.

Learn to listen.

Make the time to lend an ear to those you love or those who want to transform their lives. But don’t try to fix their problems, and don’t take their problems personally, either. A great leader is also a great follower and knows that everybody counts.

Don’t hold grudges.

There’s a remarkable lack of conflict in dog packs.  That’s because members resolve the situation when disagreements arise, then move on. Imagine what our world would be like if we dealt with our conflicts before they escalated out of control. Holding onto negative feelings tends to make them multiply and prevent us from moving forward.

Live with purpose.

When dogs are bored, they develop issues ranging from anxiety to aggression. But when given a job and a way to contribute to the pack’s well-being, they turn around almost immediately. All animals—including humans—have an inborn need to work for food and water. Ask yourself how you can contribute more to your job, your family, and the world around you. You’ll feel much better about yourself if you earn your food and water, too.

Celebrate every day. 

For a dog, every morning is Christmas morning. Every walk is the best walk, every meal is the best meal, every game is the best game. We can learn so much by observing the way our pets rejoice in life’s simplest moments. Take time every day to celebrate the many gifts that are hidden in the ordinary events of your own life

 And finally, if you want a real tear-jerker song about how our dogs can teach us about God’s unconditional love, check out this video from youtube.  Keep the kleenex handy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H17edn_RZoY

Blessings and Peace

Oliver’s dad (Pr. Jeff)   

 

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