Dogs. There is so much that can be said about a dog. They are "man's best friend," fabulous pets, hunters, retrievers, cute, playful, lazy, and so much more. Each dog has his/her own personality. Some take on the personality of those that they live with. People say that dogs and their owners often bear an uncanny resemblance.
A dog is a wonderful pet. Dogs take work, training, money, discipline, and care. To have a pet of any kind requires each of these things. But, in return, a dog gives unconditional love, company, fun, and protection. Dogs have great hearing and can warn of things that may be unseen by others. A barking dog can frighten off offenders. When walking or jogging, a dog provides protection, as well.
Some dogs are lapdogs. Others are a little more anti-social and prefer the floor. Some take over the whole couch or a person's bed. Oftentimes, photos are shared of a dog and his/her antics. Some love to play and chew--with toys, bones, or things that they should not be playing with or chewing on. When a dog chews up something that he/she shouldn't, it can be a hindrance; but, usually ends up laughable in the end. Many dogs like to run and chase after things, showing their free spirits and love of the outdoors. Older dogs may not be as quick to run, but they still have something about them that shows their spirit. There is generally something that will spark their attention and perk them up.
Dogs can be pure-bred, mutts, or one of the fancy new combinations that have surfaced recently. They can come from the animal shelter, from a neighbor, from the pet store, or be a gift from a family member. To rescue a puppy or a dog from the shelter is one of the greatest things a person can do. There are so many animals (dogs, cats, and otherwise) who end up in the shelter, for one reason or another. To give them a second-chance is giving them a new opportunity at life. The shelter may not provide much of a future for them otherwise. Many shelter animals have already been house-broken or trained in other ways. No matter what kind of dog it is, or where it comes from, the right match can be accomplished. There are as many types of dogs as there are people, it seems. Personalities and lifestyles can be matched up with the size and type of dog to get just the right fit for a pet.
Genesis 1:24-25 says, "Then God said, 'Let the earth bring forth all kinds of living creatures: cattle, creeping things, and wild animals of all kinds.' And so it happened: God made all kinds of wild animals, all kinds of cattle, and all kinds of creeping things of the earth. God saw how good it was," (The New American Bible, 1987, Wichita, KS: Devore & Sons, Inc.). God created animals and other creatures to dwell with us and to serve various purposes.
A dog can be an ever-present joy to those who live alone, a good companion for a child, a work-out buddy for those who run or jog, provide a trip outside for those who walk their dogs, or be an additional part of a family that provides that little something extra. Today is Dog Day. Rescue a dog from the shelter today; give yours a special treat, or that extra little nuzzle. They'll appreciate it.