Dirt

Over the course of a couple hours my Labrador went from coal black to chocolate brown.  Each round of chase and wrestle through our winter worn yard with our neighbor’s dog added yet another layer of red clay dust to Adi’s coat.  I knew I couldn’t usher her into the house in this state, so …

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A Longsuffering Labrador: A Lesson on Love

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2 Our Labrador has interacted with people of all ages her entire life.  It’s her interaction with children that always gives me pause to watch, wonder, and learn.  From the moment Adi arrived in our home as a wee puppy she …

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A Leaf Covered Trail: A Lesson on Walking by Faith

“The steps of a man are ordered by the Lord who takes delight in his journey” -Psalm 37:23 My Lab is a trail dog, meaning that when we're out hiking, the trail laid out before her is the path she travels.  The visibility of these hiking trails varies with terrain and seasons.  Trails through the …

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Shoe Gifts: A Lesson on Gratitude

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” -1 Thessalonians 5:18 Enter our home and you will be eagerly greeted by a Labrador Retriever.  Greet her and she’ll trot off and return with a gift just for you- a shoe. When Adi began bringing us shoes as a …

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Sticks: A Lesson on Thoughts

"...Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things." -Philippians 4:8 Sometimes it takes owning a Lab to realize how many twigs, sticks, and branches a tree sheds on a daily basis.  For Adi, tree debris is a source …

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A Lesson on Chewing

Dogs have a natural inclination to chew.  Fortunately, our Lab falls into the category of moderate chewer.  This means she doesn’t immediately destroy what she chews.  Nor will she chew on just anything.  Once Adi passed the puppy teething phase, she selected a deer antler as her chew of choice.  Slow and methodical are the …

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