In a day when families are losing their homes and struggling to survive, many pet owners spare no expense saying farewell to their beloved animals. Chiquita Isom of Colorado Springs, lost her German Shepherd named Silla last year. So a few days later, Pat Boone, robed in black with a shawl decorated with a pattern of dogs and cats, conducted a funeral service for the dead dog, complete with scripture, poems and eulogy. Pet owners typically pay from $2000 to $3000 for a pet funeral. I mean no disrespect to pet owners, I am one myself; but pets are not people. God made man in His image with an immortal spirit given by God. But when a pet dies, he’s like Rover, dead all over. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess
Saturdays are like any other day for me. Whatever needs to be done is done. This morning, I’ll go grocery shopping, get my song list ready for the song service tomorrow, write and post another article to my blog, study my adult Bible class lesson to present tomorrow morning, and walk my dog (or rather she walks me!) :).
My favorite type of pet is the faithful dog. We have a miniature dachshund that we’ve had for over 13 years. She is one spoiled animal – has her own chair and sleeps on my pillow until I get ready to get in bed at night. Then, I move her under the cover (dachshunds like to burrow under things). Dachshunds make wonderful companions for both old and young alike.
We’ve lived in the same house for over 20 years here in El Paso, and haven’t had one safety issue arise, for which I’m thankful. Like everyone else in town, we have bars over our windows, double-bolted locks on the doors, smoke detectors, etc. But the best safety feature we have is our miniature dachshund dog. She’s better than any security device I can think of, she’s low maintenance, and she loves us to death.
A duck in Dorset, England, has become a local celebrity with its dog-emulating behavior. The duck’s name is Essy and was raised from the age of 8 weeks with 2 dogs. Essy is convinced she is a dog. She wags her tail, attempts to bark, and hangs out with the families two canine. Her owner even walks Essy on her own leash along with her other dogs. The other dogs not only accept her but are protective of her, keeping her between them. But when all is said and done, Essy is still a duck. Changing behavior does not make a duck into a dog any more than it makes an unbeliever into a child of God. Jesus told Nicodemus, “you must be born anew.” This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess