I agreed to take care of Tanner, my daughter’s family’s dog while they went away for a few days over the Fourth of July. Tanner and I go way back–to the day the family brought him home as a rescue dog. He was a toddler then. Now he’s a middle-aged, seventy-five pound canine that can knock me over with his paws-on-chest welcome when I come through the door.
And when we share the masters’ bed while the family is away, Tanner likes to get close and cozy–even in the summer. He especially enjoys draping his large ahead across my feet. Is he holding me hostage or just being affectionate? Maybe both. He likes to get chummy.
I took him for a forty-minute walk the first morning we were together and he thanked me ever since by lying quietly by my side wherever I sit. He’s quite a pal!
We also played a few games of fetch the ball until we were both worn out. All this to say, I love dogs but I love Tanner in particular. There’s nothing quite like a faithful pet to set the world right side up when you’re feeling upside down.
I’m thanking God today for cats and dogs, who, like the Lord, love us unconditionally. We can learn a lot about relationships from our pets. May it be so.
And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:24-25)