17 May

I sometimes think God made dogs for us to have a furry version of his presence.

Dogs do not judge, they miss us even if we have just walked out to the mailbox, and when it is cuddle time they are up for it, no doubt. Some say they can detect our emotions, they can sense illness and they can lower our blood pressure and if they become regular walking partners, they can become weight loss assistants.

Years ago I had a back problem that caused me to sleep on the family room floor in a sleeping bag for many weeks night after night. At the time we had a Basset Hound named Thunder whom we had rescued. He brought with him severely deformed front legs and a somewhat cantankerous personality. It did not go unnoticed to me that every night during that healing spell he would lie down beside me for the night. One morning one of my arms was splayed out the side of the sleeping bag and I woke noticing his paw was resting on my hand. Sweet!

Are you familiar with the song by Wendy J. Francisco? If you investigate YouTube there are renditions of it. It is so tender. The lyrics are below:

I look up and I see God, I look down and see my dog.
Simple spelling G O D, same word backwards, D O G.
They would stay with me all day. I’m the one who walks away.
But both of them just wait for me, and dance at my return with glee.
Both love me no matter what – divine God and canine mutt.
I take it hard each time I fail, but God forgives, dog wags his tail.
God thought up and made the dog, dog reflects a part of God.
I’ve seen love from both sides now, it’s everywhere, amen, bow wow.
I look up and I see God, I look down and see my dog.
And in my human frailty…I can’t match their love for me.

We love our dogs. They make us laugh they make us feel loved, they make us feel important.

I love God. He helps me laugh at myself, makes me feel loved and important.

Excuse me now…I am going to go sit with my dog and feel the love. Later today I will sit with God for the same reason.

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