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Woman's Best Friend

Good morning, it is Monday, July 19, 2021

I hope your weekend was manageable.

I have a new member in my house. I have considered adopting for some time, but the timing was never right. I thought when the time came, I would visit a local shelter and choose my new four-legged friend that way. But this handsome guy came to my house rather unexpectedly.

Meet Baxter. He is a 1 ½ year old German Shepherd, Husky mix.

My friend Suzi called me last week and asked if I knew of anyone that would take him. His most recent family was moving to California and could not take him. Deadline was Friday.

I told her I did not know of anyone off-hand but would let her know if a name came to mind. I could not stop thinking about that dog. This was the same dog that she had called me about in January. But Wendell had just passed away and the thought of taking on a new responsibility was very daunting.

I called Suzi the next day and asked her to tell me more about Baxter. I prayed about it. “Lord is this dog for me? I want this to be a good for him as well as me.”

Again, I could not stop thinking about him, so I agreed to take him for the weekend to see how things went. Friends, I am overjoyed with this guy. He is super smart. Learns new commands in minutes. He is happy, rarely barks at the dogs on the other side of the fence. He saw two bucks on the property this morning and did not make a sound. Just sat starting at them. I love him already!

“A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won’t be too bad.” – Robert Wagner

I know dogs are a big commitment, but I am ready for this. He bonded to me almost instantly and follows me everywhere. We had a wonderful weekend together.

He was not happy when I kenneled him this morning and left for work. I could hear him crying as I left the yard. It hurt my heart, but I knew it was the best thing for him. He is used to living a good portion of his day in the kennel I am told so it was harder on me than him, I am sure.

Genesis 1 tells us the story of creation week. I think it is very special that animals and humans were created on the same day. Day number 6.

Verses 26-28 reads: “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

The legal definition of dominion is to have supreme authority over something.

I think some people believe to have dominion over something is having the right to beat it down, to hurt it, to dominate it, to control it in such a way that it has no value. But the word dominion is more than just authority.

"Exercising royal dominion over the earth as God's representative is the basic purpose for which God created man.... Man is appointed king over creation, responsible to God the ultimate king, and as such expected to manage and develop and care for creation…" - Ian Hart

“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:26 ESV

If God cares that much about birds, I think we can assume He cares about all of His creation.

Proverbs 12:10 tell us that “A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal…”

We are to be good stewards of the earth and the creatures of the earth. Bottom line, whatever we do, we do it all for the glory of God. Whether housework, employment, raising a family, caring for the earth or caring for a dog, do it as if God were standing right next to you. Do it to glorify Him, the Creator of all things.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV

I hope I give this dog the best home he could ever imagine. I hope we have many years together. I want to be as loyal and faithful to him as he no doubt will be to me. He is a good boy!

“Everyone thinks they have the best dog, and none of them are wrong.” – Unknown

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