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Baggage

Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Dogs' Antics Can Teach About God

If A Dog Were Your Teacher

You're probably a dog...

Autumn Sun

Tray's Poem

"Doggie Toes Clippy Thing"

If You Can

Cute Dog Titles

What Dogs Think

But It's Just a Dog

She's Not Going Back

The Vagabond & His Dog

If You Can...

Canine's Questions of Faith

Dog's New Years Resolutions

He is Just My Dog

Before I Was a Dog Mom

The Reality of Relaying "Roscoe"

 

The Journey

 

 

Baggage

Now that I'm home, bathed, settled and fed,
All nicely tucked in my new warm bed.
I'd like to open my baggage
Lest I forget,
There is so much to carry -
So much to regret.
Hmm...Yes, there it is, right on the top
Let's unpack Loneliness, Heartache and Loss,
And there by my leash hides Fear and Shame.
As I look on these things I tried so hard to leave -
I still have to unpack my baggage called Pain.
I loved them, the others, the ones who left me,
But I wasn't good enough - for they didn't want me.
Will you add to my baggage?
Will you help me unpack?
Or will you just look at my things -
And take me right back?
Do you have the time to help me unpack?
To put away my baggage,
To never repack?
I pray that you do - I'm so tired you see,
But I do come with baggage -
Will you still want me?

Evelyn Colbath

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DOGS' ANTICS CAN TEACH ABOUT GOD

Dogs have long been known for their extraordinary service to humans.  One of the many ways these friendly animals can serve people is by illustrating winsome ways of relating to God.  Here's some of what dogs can help you discover about God:

* God will love you no matter what, and He will always be available to you.

* God longs for you to draw closer to Him. He will wait for you with open arms.

* God is always willing to forgive you if you confess and repent of sins.

* You don't need to be self-conscious in front of God; He knows who you really are and fully accepts you.

* When you're dealing with mysteries, God wants you to stick with Him despite not understanding what He's doing.

* Yielding control of various aspects of your life to God will bring you much less stress than trying to retain control of them. There is wisdom in following a leader who has your best interests at heart.

* God will be with you in the midst of pain.

* You don't need to be afraid to face tough situations. You don't have to avoid confusion or doubt; instead, deal with them honestly.

* An unattractive outward appearance can mask a beautiful heart.

* God speaks to you in ordinary life. When you listen closely for His voice, you'll be able to recognize it.

* God wants you to be aware when someone has a special need, then try to help out.

* God has given you physical limitations, and you'll function best when you respect them (such as by getting enough sleep).

* It's important to be willing to deny your own desires to be able to effectively serve someone else.

* God's boundaries are for your good. Obeying Him will improve the quality of your life.

* Waiting is fine sometimes. You don't need to get impatient or insulted when you have to wait.

* You can ask God for anything without fear. You won't always get what you want, but He will always answer.

* God knows you better than you know yourself.

* God will train you as you go through life, so you can become more like who He wants you to be.

* God is the best Master there is; you can trust Him completely.

By Live It Editor Whitney

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IF A DOG WERE YOUR TEACHER

You would learn stuff like.....
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
When it's in your best interest -- practice obedience.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting, when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing
and  pout... run right back and make friends.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Be loyal.
Never pretend to be something you're not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and
nuzzle

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You're probably a dog...

If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when loved ones are too busy to give you time,
If you can overlook when people take things out on you when through no fault of yours, something goes wrong,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor or
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs.

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Tray's Poem

One by One, they pass by my cage,
Too old, too worn, too broken, no way.
Way past his time, he can't run and play. Then
they shake their heads slowly and go on their way.

A little old man, arthritic and sore,
It seems I am not wanted anymore.
I once had a home, I once had a bed,
A place that was warm, and where I was fed.

Now my muzzle is grey, and my eyes slowly fail.
Who wants a dog so old and so frail?
My family decided I didn't belong,
I got in their way, my attitude was wrong.

Whatever excuse they made in their head, Can't
justify how they left me for dead. Now I sit in
this cage, where day after day,
The younger dogs get adopted away.

When I had almost come to the end of my rope,
You saw my face, and I finally had hope. You
saw thru the grey, and the legs bent with age,
And felt I still had life beyond this cage.

You took me home, gave me food and a bed, And
shared your own pillow with my poor tired head.
We snuggle and play, and you talk to me low,
You love me so dearly, you want me to know.

I may have lived most of my life with another,
But you outshine them with a love so much stronger.
And I promise to return all the love I can give,
To you, my dear person, as long as I live.

I may be with you for a week, or for years, We
will share many smiles, you will no doubt shed tears.
And when the time comes that God deems I must leave,
I know you will cry and your heart, it will grieve.

And when I arrive at the Bridge, all brand new,
My thoughts and my heart will still be with you.
And I will brag to all who will hear,
Of the person who made my last days so dear.

Leslie Whalen 2/01

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"Doggie Toes CLIPPY THING"
Author Unknown

Upstairs in momma's secret drawer
she keeps a monster thing of horror,
they bite and try to eat our toes,
why they do that no one knows!

We bark and fuss and wiggle and squirm,
but our dad and momma holds us firm.
This thing of horror makes a noise;
although it's squeaky--it's not like toys.

It's a squeaky, snippy, clippy thing,
it has sharp teeth and a big strong spring.
Sometimes after it eats our feet,
we get something good to eat.

But one day when no one else is home
and we are left here all alone,
we'll sneak it out and none will know,
we sent it where the odd socks go!

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Dear God,

What is "Time"? I hear the sadness in the voices of workers here. They say my "Time is up", that they have to make room for yet another dog.

My "Time" is up. I don't know what that means, God. I only know that my new friends are so sad, and the more I wag my tail--- the harder I try to make them feel better--- the sadder they become.

I know I have heard that word "Time" before, but I don't understand. When I was younger, my people would say "Time to play!" They would throw the ball, and I would run fast. Sometimes I brought it back to them, but other times we'd end up chasing each other having fun.

I remember "Time to eat". My people would put down a bowl of food, and I would enjoy dinner, wagging my tail in joy. There was also "Time for your walk". My boy would put my leash on, and we would go walking together, visiting the neighborhood and enjoying each other's company.

When I was younger I thought "Time" meant fun. Or maybe Love?

I don't understand. "Time" must mean something else, but how can it change, God? Before I came here, I heard my people say, "No time to feed you now, boy. Later, when I get home." Sometimes my family would forget, and there was no food in my bowl. Does "Time" mean when my belly hurts?

My people said there was no time for walks. I tried to hold it all day long-- but God, I just couldn't anymore. When I finally had to go, it made my family very angry. Does "Time" means anger? Or maybe Loneliness?

My family said they didn't have "Time". They didn't have time to play, or time to take me to the vet, or time to go for walks. They didn't have "Time", so they brought me here.

Maybe I was right... They said they didn't have time, and if "Time" means Love, how did they lose it? Did I do something wrong?

God, I think my new friends are sending me to you.

Do you have "Time"? May I sit on the couch?

Am I a good Dog, God?

Is it "Time"?

One of the most important things we can give our Pets is "Time". The time to love them, care for them, and train them. Animal Shelters and Humane Societies across the country are filled with Pets whose families didn't have "Time". Every year, the "Time is up" for 12 million companion Pets. Do you have the "Time" to make a difference?

Author: Joan C. Fremo
Published on: July 29, 2001

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If You Can

If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can get going without pep pills,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time, If you can overlook it when something goes wrong through no fault of yours and those you love take it out on you,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can ignore a friend's limited education and never correct him,
If you can conquer tension without medical help, If you can relax without liquor, If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
If you can say honestly that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, color, religion or politics,

Then my friends, you are almost as good as your dog.

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Cute Dog Titles

AD (attention deficit)
ADX (attention deficit excellent)
ARB (ace refrigerator bandit)
BW (butt wagger)
BWX (butt wagger excellent)
CC (cat - courser)
CCX (cat - courser excellent)
CP (couch potato)
CPX (couch potato excellent)
CSX (counter surfer extrordanaire)
GFIY (go fetch it yourself)
HHP (House Hold Pet)
IDDI (I didn't do it)
ILF (I like food)
ILLF (I like lots of food)
IWFF (I work for food)
LD (lap dog)
LDX (lap dog excellent)
LDX (Lick dog extrordanaire)
OWTH (Oh, What The Heck)
PM (Petting Magnet)
RFX (Retrieving Fool Extraordinare)
QOC (Queen of Castle)
QOCX (Queen of Castle Extraordinare)
TBF (thick but friendly)
TGS (terribly good snorer)
TGAN (terribly good at nothing)
TSIM (that seat is mine)
TTIM (that toy is mine)
UNCD (under the covers dog)
UNCDX (under the covers dog excellent )
WM (who me?)

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But it's Just a Dog.

If it were my brother, I'd find an allergist to help him with his allergies, no matter the cost.  But they tell me; it's just a dog.

If it were my sister, I'd find the best laser eye surgeon so she could see again, no matter the cost.  But they tell me; it's just a dog.

If it were my mother, I'd hire a staff of oncologists for the cancer that is stealing her away from me, no matter the cost. But they tell me; it's just a dog.

If it were my father, I'd find the best orthopedic surgeon to enable him

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She's Not Going Back

One day she wandered
Into my wife's place of work,
A little brown dog,
Abandoned by some jerk.

She was mostly beagle,
Best we could tell by sight,
Happy, friendly, and cheerful,
If not all that bright.

My wife has a soft spot
For needy canine strays,
So she came to live with us
For "a couple of days".

Of course we knew better,
We already had four,
Who came for a couple of days,
But stayed many more.

So we added another dog
To our growing household pack,
We tried to find her owner,
But would probably not give her back.

You see it was clear
That this dog had been abused,
She was timid, afraid,
Lost, and confused.

If you reached down to give her
A pat on the head,
She would duck to the floor,
Crouching with dread.

An innocent move
To give her a scratch on the ear,
Would cause the poor thing
To recoil in fear!

What kind of monster
Would treat a dog this way?
I'm sure he'll have to answer
For his actions some day.

Despite her trials she was
Gentle, loving, and sweet,
Baying with pleasure,
At the prospect of a treat.

The little dog's spirit
Was never really broken,
She wiggled in pleasure
If she thought her name was spoken.

But that was a problem -
We didn't know this dog's name,
We put together a list of ideas,
But most were pretty lame.

She reminded us of something
We couldn't quite remember,
Perhaps it was something to do
With the month of December?

Of course - that's the answer,
It was really a cinch,
She was just like that dog Max
Who lived with the Grinch!

Same great demeanor,
Always eager to please,
And a similar first owner
Who was a bit of a sleaze.

So it was settled,
She'll now be called Max,
The decision was easy
Once we'd considered the facts.

She's been with us six years,
And she's starting to get older,
But still happy, active, playful,
And even a bit bolder.

But sad news followed
A recent trip to the vet,
Max has a health problem,
Although it's no big deal yet.

If you know the Grinch tale,
Here's the ironic part:
Max's medical affliction,
Is a slightly enlarged heart!

It won't slow her down,
At least not for a while,
She's still little Max,
She still makes us smile.

She's not living in Whoville,
She's just part of our pack
She's away from the Grinch,
And she's not going back!

Jonathan Hall

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 If You Can...

If you can start the day without caffeine or pep pills,

If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,

If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,

If you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it,

If you can understand when loved ones are too busy to give you time,

If you can overlook when people take things out on you when, through no fault of yours, something goes wrong,

If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,

If you can face the world without lies and deceit,

If you can conquer tension without medical help,

If you can relax without liquor,

If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,

 Then you're actually a dog.

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Canine's Questions of Faith

 Dear God,

Are there mailmen in heaven?  If so - will I have to apologize?

 How come people love to smell flowers, but seldom, if ever, smell each other?   Where are their priorities?

 When my family eats dinner they always bless their food. But they never bless mine, so...I've been wagging my tail extra fast when they fill my bowl.  Have you noticed my blessing?

 When we get to heaven, can we sit on your couch or is it the same old story?

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Before I was a Dog Mom:

I made and ate hot meals unmolested.
I had unstained, unfurred clothes.
I had quiet conversations on the phone, even if the doorbell rang.

Before I was a Dog Mom:
I slept as late as I wanted and never worried about how late I got to bed or if I could get into my bed.

Before I was a Dog Mom:
I cleaned my house everyday.
I never tripped over toys, stuffies, chewies or invited the neighbor's dog over to play.

Before I was a Dog Mom:
I didn't worry if my plants, cleansers, plastic bags, toilet paper, soap or deodorant were poisonious or dangerous.

Before I was a Dog Mom:
I had never been peed on, Pooped on, Drooled on, Chewed on, or pinched by puppy teeth.

Before I was a Dog Mom:
I had complete control of my thoughts, my body and mind.
I slept all night without sharing the covers or pillow.

Before I was a Dog Mom:
I never looked into big, soulful eyes and cried.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop a hurt.
I never knew something so furry and four-legged could affect my heart so deeply.

Before I was a Dog Mom: 
I had never held a sleeping puppy just because I couldn't put it down.
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was well.
I didn't know how warm it feels inside to feed a hungry puppy.
I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important.

Before I was a Dog Mom:
I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache, the wonderment or the satisfaction of being

A Dog Mom

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Dogs' Antics Can Teach About God

Dogs have long been known for their extraordinary service to humans.  One of the many ways these friendly animals can serve people is by illustrating winsome ways of relating to God.  

Here's some of what dogs can help you discover about God:

* God will love you no matter what, and He will always be available to you.

* God longs for you to draw closer to Him. He will wait for you with open arms.

* God is always willing to forgive you if you confess and repent of sins.

* You don't need to be self-conscious in front of God; He knows who you really are and fully accepts you.

* When you're dealing with mysteries, God wants you to stick with Him despite not understanding what He's doing.

* Yielding control of various aspects of your life to God will bring you much less stress than trying to retain control of them. There is wisdom in following a leader who has your best interests at heart.

* God will be with you in the midst of pain.

* You don't need to be afraid to face tough situations. You don't have to avoid confusion or doubt; instead, deal with them honestly.

* An unattractive outward appearance can mask a beautiful heart.

* God speaks to you in ordinary life. When you listen closely for His voice, you'll be able to recognize it.

* God wants you to be aware when someone has a special need, then try to help out.

* God has given you physical limitations, and you'll function best when you respect them (such as by getting enough sleep).

* It's important to be willing to deny your own desires to be able to effectively serve someone else.

* God's boundaries are for your good. Obeying Him will improve the quality of your life.

* Waiting is fine sometimes. You don't need to get impatient or insulted when you have to wait.

* You can ask God for anything without fear. You won't always get what you want, but He will always answer.

* God knows you better than you know yourself.

* God will train you as you go through life, so you can become more like who He wants you to be.

* God is the best Master there is; you can trust Him completely.

By Live It Editor Whitney

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