About 20,000 to 40,000 years ago they first came around people who would feed them tidbits. They evolved differently than their cousins, the wolves, and a bond developed between the dog and us. Dogs look at us differently than cats do. And there is a different kind of bond between us and dogs than us and cats.
Over the years I have been both a dog person and a cat person. Persons who were never raised with pets do not really understand the bond that grows between people and their pets. The loyalty of a dog, the cuddly warmth of a cat, and the mischief that puppies and kittens can cause.
Two churches had a sign debate, for lack of a better phrase, one stating that “all dogs go to heaven” and the other stating that dogs don’t have souls so they could not do so. What counts for us is that when our dogs die, they remain alive in our hearts. Isn’t that what really matters, that those we loved when alive remain so in our hearts?
Prayer for the Day
Holy Love, who graces our lives with love, open our hearts,
Show us the possibilities of your infinite love for all beings,
Move us beyond a sense of duty into an ever widening circle of love,
Opening us to possibilities we never even imagined;
Enlarge the boundaries of our thought and imagination,
Confronting us with love's demand for justice and mercy,
As did the One who lived for others,
Even Christ Jesus our Lord, Amen
Thoughts for the Day
Dogs come when they are called; cats take a message and get back to you later.
Mary Bly, professor who writes under the name of Eloisa James
I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.
Abraham Lincoln, 16th President (1809-1865)
May the glory of the Lord endure forever and may the Lord rejoice in creation –
God who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and
I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to God as long as I have life..
May my meditation be pleasing to God, for I rejoice in the Lord.
Psalm 104: 31-34