Just some thoughts:
GET YOUR OWN
I am an advocate for families having dogs. I grew up at a very early age with having dogs in our family.
There was Sport, Millie, Bing, Toots just a few of the names of dogs my family once had. All three of our kids today have dogs (among other animals) Tux, Little Jimmy, Lucy, and Skye.
We can learn a lot from having pets. They can teach us about life. I think one of the lessons we learn from pets is life is not forever. Maybe we learn about our own mortality and the mortality of those we love by having pets in our lives.
I remember I was in my teens when one of our dogs was killed. Some way she had gotten outside and was hit by a train. I went searching for her, found her and brought her home. I went in and told my parents I had found her then I went to our garage to be alone and cried. I thought I was “too old” to cry in front of my mom and dad. As I sat on the back bumper of our 57′ Chevy the garage door opened and my dad walked in. I have never forgotten how he did not make light of my sadness, my tears. In fact he sat down on the bumper with me and we talked. “She was a good dog wasn’t she, we will miss her,” his words. These many years later and I still recall that day. The day my dad sat and listen to me. I’m not sure he didn’t cry a bit also. If not outward at least inward. I think moms and dads, they cry a lot of “silent” tears when they see their children hurt.
My good friend here in Nashville is a songwriter. Dan Harrell wrote a song about dads, dogs and dying based on a real happening. This father had the grave task of telling their son that his dog was going to die. He tried to come up with what he thought was a good way of breaking the news to his small boy. I thank Dan for sharing his lyrics with me.
We had that chocolate lab since he was a pup
Best dog that I ever saw
The vet said: “he’s gotten old and all stove up
I’ll have to put him down that’s all I know to do”
I had to go back home and tell my boy
He was cryin’ he was five years old I guess
I said “Jesus needs your dog in heaven to live with him”
What my boy said I never will forget
Let Jesus get his own dog He don’t need mine
He can have any dog he wants
You said he Healed a blind man
And turned water into wine
So let Jesus get his won dog He don’t need mine
I’ll tell you now that dog lived five more years
I believe that love kept him alive
I learned a lot about a God who cares
Sometimes prayers are the teardrops in your eyes
I try hard not to judge my fellow man
Or tell somebody else what Jesus needs
Just when I think that He could use a helping hand
I remember what my boy said to me
I try no to judge my fellow man
or tell somebody else what Jesus needs
August 27, 2019