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A word from Hope Hotsinpiller (owner, partner of Always About Pets, LLC)  ….

Dog is God spelled backwards.  How many times have we heard this?  Of course, we all know that dogs are not God in any sense of the word but, I believe, they can certainly show us how to be closer to God, and other people in our lives, through observing their attitudes, behaviors and their life in general.

Pals for Paws shares many great Facebook posts and I especially liked one that says …. “Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss.  A new dog never replaces an old dog; it merely expands the heart.  If you have loved many dogs, you heart is very big”.

Here at Always About Pets LLC, we have been blessed with the great opportunity to love and learn from our client’s pets, as well as our own.  Each pet we hold dear to our heart, as if they were our very own, and we are always sorry to see them leave, but so happy that they have someone who loves them very much and that they have a loving home to go home to.

The following are just a few of the many, many photos of someof the pets that we have been blessed to care for.  With each photo, I’ve included an inspirational message that I feel we can learn from our furry friends.   God is Good !!!  …. Sometimes we just need to look beyond our complicated lives and into the simple life of a dog to see it.  

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It’s no wonder that dog is called Man’s Best Friend.                                                                                                                    In her book '10 spiritual lessons you can learn from your dog', Joanna Sandsmark writes .... “People change, relationships fail, children move away, but your dog …. well your dog is loyal to his last breath.  Just imagine what the world would be like if people were as loyal and steadfast as your dog. The world’s problems just might evaporate.”                                                                                                                    

Meet Frankie. We found Frankie roaming around at a local Kokomo business back in August of 2012. He was in bad shape.  He had been flea bitten so bad that his back end was literally starting to fall off.  He had open sores from his ribs on back and reeked of infection. He had what appeared to be a broken leg (which we found out later was an old injury that was never tended to). And, he had a hairless ring around his neck, probably from being chained with a heavy log chain.  We took him to a local vet who treated him for his infection, and sores, and gave him all his necessary shots.  The vet said it was one of the worse cases of neglect/abuse he’s seen.  After a few months, Frankie was all better … well, except that he’ll never get his hair back on his hind end or where the log chain was. And, he’ll always walk with a distinct limp because of the leg that healed incorrectly. But, he now he is living with us, and is a happy boy enjoying the life of luxury.

Frankie is a survivor as are many, many dogs in similar situations as he.  Despite all that he had been though, he still trusted his fellow human.  He allowed us to treat him and never once expressed opposition. No matter what he had been though, he just wants to please his master.  What make dogs so resilient … to be treated so badly, but still be totally devoted to the species that harmed him the first place?

We all have our ‘season’ where we’ve been treated badly, we get the raw end of the deal, or we feel the whole word is beating us down.   You may think God has let you down.  Learn from our furry friends and be resilient.  Be totally devoted to God no matter what the circumstance.  Times may be though now, but He has a better future in store for you if you will only trust Him and be obedient to Him.  While God doesn’t cause bad things to happen, he will ‘allow’ bad things to happen and he always has a good reason for doing so.  Take a lesson from Frankie, be resilient and trust your Master, and soon you will be enjoying the fruits from your suffering.

Update:  Frankie has since passed on.  This first half of his life was rough, but he never let it impact his spirit.  God provided, and he lived the last half of his life in luxury.  We miss you Frankie. Rest in peach my friend.

I was reading Joyce Meyer’s new devotional (The Power of Being Thankful) and ran across this quote … “Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is a Mystery,  Today is a Gift … that is why they call it the Present” … and it got me to thinking again of what we can learn from our furry companions.

Oh, how simple a dog’s life is. Take Enzo here, do you really think he is sitting around dwelling over what happened in his past or worrying about what his future holds.  Heck NO … he lives in the present.  And, at the moment of this picture … it’s PLAY TIME !!!  … nothing else matters … not his past, not his future …. just his ‘Present’.

We humans complicate things so much.   We dwell over something from our past to the point that it affects how we live our lives today.  But, you need to realize that “Your past has no power over you except what you give it” – Joyce Meyer   Learn what you can from it and move on.  Don’t let it consume you.  Dwelling over it isn’t going to change a thing.  So, take what knowledge you can from it, give the rest to God, and enjoy your life NOW. 

And, that future you’re fretting over?  Do you realize that most things you worry about will never happen anyway?  So, what’s the point of worrying about it?  You can’t force things to happen.   You can only do your best and be obedient to God, and he will take care of the rest.  So, quit trying to detour around God’s plan for you.  God will provide what you need at just the right time …. No sooner and no later.  “God is never late, but he is never early either” -- Joyce Meyer.

You know Enzo here has no worries because he has a kind and loving master.  And, he trusts that no matter what happens that his master will always love him and do what is best for him.  If a dog trusts his human master that much then how much more should we trust our Supreme Master, our Lord?       

So, learn what you can from your past, don’t worry about your future, and ENJOY TODAY … YOUR ‘PRESENT’ FROM GOD … a New Beginning.

If you have ever been to church, then you probably know the song “The Potter’s Hand”.  As we were singing this one Sunday morning, it struck me that just maybe our dear pets would sing this song in adoration of us, as we sing it in worship, and adoration, of our Lord and Saviour.  This has always been one of my favorite songs, but that made it even more special to me.  

After all, as the lyrics say ….
 

                                                                                                                      “ ‘they’ know for sure all of ‘their’ days are held in ‘our’ hands”  (What a huge responsibility and commitment and not one to be taken lightly … just as is our choice to follow and trust in our Lord)            
                                                               and
                “ ‘we’ gently (and, it always should be gently) call ‘them’ into ‘our’ presence, guiding ‘them’ … teaching ‘them’ to live ‘their’ lives through ‘our’ eyes”
                                                               and
                “ ‘they’ are captured by ‘our’ calling” (every pet knows it’s master voice and we should know our Lord’s)
                                                              and
               “ set ‘them’ apart … drawing ‘them’ to ‘us’”  (they want to be special in our eyes as we want to be in our Lord’s eye)

 And their prayer of us may just be …

                “ Take me, mold me, use me, fill me
                  I give my life to ‘my master’s’ hand
                  Call me, You guide me, lead me, walk beside me
                  I give my life to ‘my master’s’ hand ”

 Give your pet a pat, a hug, a kiss, a treat, and let them know how special they are to you.