Today for the feast of St. Francis of Assisi and, like many parishes, we conducted a blessing of the animals. Over 80 neighbors brought their pets (mostly dogs) by for a blessing this evening. To each of them I passed out a little list of things we can learn from dogs. The list that appears below.
Scripture says little about dogs and when it does it is never flattering. Most of the references make one think of wild dogs who ran in packs. Psalm 22:16 says, “Many dogs have surrounded me, a pack of evildoers closes in upon me. Or again from Philippians 3:2, Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers. No, strangely, I cannot find one Scripture that speaks well of dogs.
And yet, they have been a great gift to me. Such loyalty, such unconditional “love.” There may have been times in my life when everyone was disgusted with me, even I was disgusted with me. But even on days like that my dog would still run to great me, and curl up next to me; such wonderful, “forgiving” and uncomplicated creatures.
Dogs, generally speaking, have a great outlook on life. This list is an oldie on the internet but, if you haven’t read it, it is really rather instructive. Dogs DO have a lot to teach us. God teaches us not only out of the Bible but in creation. In that spirit here are
Fifteen Things We can Learn from Dogs:
- 1. Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride.
- 2. Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
- 3. When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
- 4. Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory.
- 5. Take naps and stretch before rising.
- 6. Run, romp, and play daily.
- 7. Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
- 8. Be loyal.
- 9. If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
- 10. When someone is having a bad day, be silent. Sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
- 11. Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
- 12. Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
- 13. When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
- 14. No matter how often you’re scolded, don’t buy into the guilt thing and pout…. run right back and make friends
- 15. Delight in the simple joys of a long walk.
And here is one of the most amazing videos I have ever seen. It’s about “Faith the two legged dog”: