A Heart to . . .

This tortoise shell kitty was made with a heart to love dogs. How do I know? Her actions. With both Adi and Nova, . . . She allows them to lick her from head to tail with their long, pink tongues. I've even caught her licking a Lab ear in return. She crawls down from …

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Just as I am: A Lesson from Izzy, a Labrador Rescue

Jesus declared, "All that the Father gives to Me will come to Me: and the one who comes to Me I will most certainly not cast out [I will never, never reject anyone who follows Me]." – John 6:37, Amplified Meet Izzy.  A year-old chocolate Labrador Retriever.  Last fall my friend and her husband brought …

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My Persistent Pup: A Lesson on Prayer

My shadow now comes in the form of a black Labrador Retriever.  The intensity of Adi’s shadowing changes about an hour before her dinner-time.  At this point, nothing deters her from following me step for step.  Each time I look at her, she gives me a look that says, “Remember me. I need fed.”  Regardless …

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Snow, Squirrels, and a Southern Pup: A Lesson on Understanding

At two years of age, my southern pup had limited experience with snow.  As Adi explored our property the morning after her first big winter storm, she saw the familiar coated in the unfamiliar.  Her nose had to dig under seven inches of snow to find everyday smells.  The wood pile that once seemed a …

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Deep Freeze

Several January’s ago, our region sank into a deep freeze that lasted two weeks.  All outdoor activity came to a halt as temperatures stayed well below freezing.  With that went our young Lab’s morning walks and long runs in the backyard with the kids and neighbor dog.  Our one year-old pup who usually spent her …

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Quiet Places

 “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” - Luke 5:16 We could each probably name a place that is peaceful and beautiful to our mind’s eye. A place we leave feeling refreshed and renewed.  For some it's a garden, a porch, a favorite chair in front of a bay window.  For others it’s …

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Anticipation

On this day in 2016 a litter of Labrador Retriever puppies was born- one yellow male and three black females.  One of those females (Adi) came to live with us, while another (Nova) went to live with my brother’s family, and the third (Maxine) stayed with our friend.  Adi and Nova live close and play …

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The Squirrel Test

For many dog owners the arrival of a squirrel plays out like a scene in a Dick and Jane book.  See squirrel.  See squirrel run.Look, look Father.See dog run. At least that is what it was like growing up with Brittany Spaniels.  For Adi’s first months with us, the squirrels kept to themselves, staying in …

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Drop

When your dog’s breed contains the word “retriever,” you anticipate that your pup will love a good game of fetch.  What I didn’t realize was how much my retriever would also enjoy carrying things around in her mouth.  On any given day you’ll find her carrying various shoes, socks, stuffed animals, rope toys, gloves, balls …

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In the Silence

Our Lab isn’t much of a talker.  As a puppy, days would pass between barks.  Early on I thought we might have a pup like the main character Gyp in James Herriot’s children’s book “Only One Woof.”  Gradually, Adi developed her voice.  Only she uses it sparingly.  She much prefers to communicate with her eyes, …

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