Sunday, August 02, 2009

See My Gentle Giant?

Hi, my darling friends. I thought this picture was too cute not to share. This is my 10-year old, 100# "boy" sharing a bed on the floor with my then 10-month-old grandgirl. (She just turned one on July 1.)



Dakota was "my gift" from God when I needed him. (That probably sounds corny to you non-dog-loving people.) I had just passed through a very dark year back in 1999-2000 (clinical depression and chronic panic disorder--anybody ever been there?). I truly wanted a dog that would not create MORE anxiety, but would be a great companion and low-maintenance. God led me straight to this big boy, the laziest, most laid-back of the litter. And I can honestly say he has never done ANYTHING that annoys either hubby or me. No barking, no digging, no messing in the house, no chasing cars, no running off in disobedience, no chewing. We brought him home when he was 8-weeks old, and he had one poopie accident in the house -- and that was IT! Smooth sailing ever since.

As I write this, he is sprawled out on the floor of my office, just five feet away. He follows me everywhere, up the stairs, down the stairs, despite his troublesome arthritis. Yep, he was God's gift to me when I needed a special reminder of just how very much HE loves me!

What has God done for you lately - or at any time for that matter - to remind you of His awesome, faithful, unfailing love?

I love you all, but God loves you more!

6 comments:

Nise' said...

Dakota sure is a big boy! I love how God brings just what we need into our lives. I experienced a similar situation and a wonderful dog was brought into our lives too. She has been gone 2 years now and I miss her.

Sharlene MacLaren said...

Nise, it is ALWAYS such a blessing to hear from you. So sorry you lost your dog a couple of years ago. Are you going to get another? Do!!! Pets bring so much joy into our lives. I'm so glad God decided to create them for our pleasure, giving us one more thing to pour our hearts and lives into.

Hugs...

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