A Book Recommendation

Mom and me found a new book recently which we are recommending called More Dog Psalms.  It is by the same person, Herbert Brokering, that wrote Dog Psalms.  (In fairness, we have to note that he also wrote Cat Psalms, and More Cat Psalms.)  Mr. Brokering thinks dogs are good peacemakers, and woof!  I agree!  Here’s something for all you dog and people out there:

I am dog.  I hope.  I hope for hours in silence, behind a shut door; on a doorstep I will wait, for you said you’d be back  I barked, begged; you promised.  I can tell a promise that is being kept.  My whole body feels when you are almost home, when you are almost awake, when we will soon take our walk.  I am ready even before you say it is time  I bark when I hear the car in the driveway.  I am in your way when you open the door.  First you must notice mean; then I will run ahead of you…..I am dog; I am ready to be with you.  Who can ever separate us?

God, my peace is rooted in hope.  Peace is an old story.  I wait for goodwill, seek it and expect it.  Nothing will separate me from the hope for peace.  Nothing in heaven or earth will destroy my hope and expectation.  Hope is your work amng us, a force at work to bring beauty and balance and life to creation.  Hope is not wishful thinking.  Hope is built on old truth old history, and theo ld word:  Behold, everything is very good.  Hope does not allow for the work of detruction and warfare and hunger and separation.  Hope sees the oneness in creation, peace in nature, the singleness of heart, the unity of spirit, the family of all people.  Biind us together with ohpe; link us in ways so we talk together, eat together, walk together, dream together, work together, live together.  When we lose our way to peace, bring us back together through the law of hope.

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My Easter

I got a bath so that I would smell good.  I’m not sure what the big deal is about smelling good, but Mom seems to think it is important.

 People came over one Day.  They ate food and petted me and played with me.  The Boy came over too.  It is always a good day when the Boy comes over.

No food fell on the floor.  Oh, well!  I still got dinner.

The next day I went to church, just to visit.  I met a few people.  One lady Mom particularly wanted me to meet.  At first I was shy, but after a little while I decided to let her scratch my tummy.

Her dog died recently.  She needed a tummy to scratch.  I was glad to do it.  It’s one of my jobs.

I wish people would realize that these things are important.  Dogs do.  We realize that one of our jobs is to let people scratch our tummies.

I still Love Them

Sometimes they say, “I promise I will take you on a longer walk tomorrow.” 

And then they don’t.

Sometimes they say, “I promise I will take you to the park soon.”

And then they don’t.

But I still love them.  I still want to be around them.  All they have to do is get down on the floor, and I wag my tail so hard everyone can hear me down the block! 

And when mom fills up my food bowl, I run around and jump up and down!

I’m always excited to see them, and to get and give loves and pets from them. 

And I know that someday soon we’ll take those long walks and I’ll get to run at the park more often, and take rides in the car, too.

oh, and by the way:  it’s snowing.

It’s very pretty outside:  big white thick flakes of sticky, roll-around-in snow are falling down.

There is so much to be thankful for.

 Even when they forget me, I still love them.

The Middle Name Meme

Grendel (who is the most awesomely great dog) tagged my Mom for this “Meme” about middle names.  I don’t know what a “meme” is, and I don’t really have a middle name, but Mom said I am “the Wonder dog” and the middle word in that is Wonder, so we will use the word Wonder.

 W – Writhe.  I writhe in the snow, and on the ice, too.  Sometimes we’ll be walking along and suddenly — wham — I am on the ice, on my side, being dragged along.  I like to writhe.   The cold feels good on my fur.

O – Only.  I am an only dog.  I like other dogs, don’t get me wrong.  But I also like being Special.  I would like other dogs to come and visit me, but maybe not live here.

N – Naps.  I do like to take naps.  Doesn’t everyone?  I like to take naps on my bed, under the table, on the living room floor, on the love-seat.

D – Daring.  I am a daring and devilish dog, especially when I try to Escape.  I also like to make up Games. Also D is for Dog, which is God spelled backwards.  I this this is important, but I don’t know why.

E – Energetic.  Naps are great, but so are playing with dogs, running down the street and in all of the neighbors back yards, chasing rabbits and squirrels and oh – so many things!  I can be very energetic!

R – Running.  I am a good runner.  Mom says I should pull a wagon or something.  That would be all right with me.

 I would like to tag Cody Bear, and Molly, and Clumber (my new and incredibly smart friend) and some cats, too, if I can find some… 

Today is my Birthday!

I am three years old today!  I don’t know if I will get any special presents or do anything special, because Mom and Dad are Very Busy right now.

 But that’s all right, because for me, every day is special!  I got to walk all the way down to the end of the block this morning!  I got to sit right by Mom’s feet while she typed!  I got to have breakfast!  I got to take a nap!

 I am three, so maybe now they expect me to behave.  Hmm, behave.  I wonder what that means?

So, what makes every day special for you?  Later on, I’ll tell you all about all the other special things I did!  But I want to hear from you, too!

A Heavenly Friday Five

dog-heaven-book.jpgI heard about Singing Owl and her sister, and I decided to do my first Friday Five.  As a dog, I have my own pretty good ideas about what is heavenly!

What is your idea of a heavenly (i.e. wonderful and perfect):

1. Family get-together
One where people pay a lot of attention to me, where I get a lot of pets, and where food drops on the floor!
2. Song or musical piece
I like the song with the humpback whales in it.  I don’t know what it’s called.  I just like it.  It makes me feel like sighing.
3. Gift
Squeaky toys rule!  Don’t tell Diane, but I really like food best of everything.  And oh, I like to give gifts too.  I like to give kisses, and licks, and I like to give something called “keeping company.”
4. You choose whatever you like-food, pair of shoes, vacation, house, or something else. Just tell us what it is and what a heavenly version of it would be.
Well, I don’t wear shoes, and any house is ok by me, as long as my people are there.  But a heavenly vacation would be a long car trip with my mom and dad, with lots of breaks for walks, and where I can meet lots of other dogs and people too!  Also, I like to smell lots of different smells. 
5. And for a serious moment, or what would you like your entrance into the next life to be like?
What, from your vantage point now, would make Heaven “heavenly?”
In heaven there are no fences, and I can run as far as I want to, and still know the way home.  And they will be glad to see me when I come back.  They will open the door and let me come in, and they will come out and play all kinds of games with me, the kinds they make up and the kinds I make up too.  And we will play and play and play, and never get tired forever.

I wish I had a friend like this

golden-retriever-and-cat-friends.jpgMom showed me this picture the other day.  I met this nice dog once, when she was a puppy.  She has a friend, as you can see.  I’m not jealous of her (dogs aren’t jealous, as Rowan so clearly knows), but sometimes I wish I had a friend like this, that I could cuddle with.

 It’s cold here.  I like the cold, and especially like rolling around in the snow.  Mom and dad don’t like the cold so much.  So, we don’t do as many fun things together in the winter.  Also, Mom has to work more in the winter.  That’s when it would be good to have a friend.

 In the summer we go on vacation together, and I catch the ball in the yard, and we eat outside by the lake sometimes! 

In the meantime, I try to be the best friend I can to mom and dad.  I know that’s my job, and that’s part of what God created me to do.

Also, does anyone here know:  why do most churches not let dogs come to church?  I think we could teach a lot.