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Things we can learn from Dogs
Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 4, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope

Posted on 10/05/2012 1:26:52 PM PDT by NYer

draft_lens1432004module8591199photo_dog31204903977Today for the feast of St. Francis of Assisi and, like many parishes, we conducted a blessing of the animals. Over 80 neighbors brought their pets (mostly dogs) by for a blessing this evening. To each of them I passed out a little list of things we can learn from dogs. The list that appears below.

Scripture says little about dogs and when it does it is never flattering. Most of the references make one think of wild dogs who ran in packs. Psalm 22:16 says, “Many dogs have surrounded me, a pack of evildoers closes in upon me. Or again from Philippians 3:2, Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers. No, strangely, I cannot find one Scripture that speaks well of dogs.

And yet, they have been a great gift to me. Such loyalty, such unconditional “love.” There may have been times in my life when everyone was disgusted with me, even I was disgusted with me. But even on days like that my dog would still run to great me, and curl up next to me; such wonderful, “forgiving” and uncomplicated creatures.

Dogs, generally speaking, have a great outlook on life. This list is an oldie on the internet but, if you haven’t read it, it is really rather instructive. Dogs DO have a lot to teach us. God teaches us not only out of the Bible but in creation. In that spirit here are

Fifteen Things We can Learn from Dogs:

And here is one of the most amazing videos I have ever seen. It’s about “Faith the two legged dog”:

Faith Video


TOPICS: Catholic; Humor; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: dog; doggieping; dogs; msgrcharlespope

1 posted on 10/05/2012 1:26:57 PM PDT by NYer
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Ping!


2 posted on 10/05/2012 1:27:37 PM PDT by NYer
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WOOOF!

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3 posted on 10/05/2012 1:28:27 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: NYer

for later


4 posted on 10/05/2012 1:29:23 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: NYer
Our relationship with dogs can teach us quite a abit about our relationships with both God and the rest of His creation.

Many wonder how God could love us unconditionally in spite of our disobedience and resistance to His directions and guidance. Any person who has ever housebroken a puppy does not wonder about this.

Dogs look to us as their "masters" much like we should view God as our Master. Dogs generally work tirelessly to please their master, and take great pleasure in doing so. We should follow their example.

5 posted on 10/05/2012 1:38:31 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack
Dogs look to us as their "masters" much like we should view God as our Master. Dogs generally work tirelessly to please their master, and take great pleasure in doing so. We should follow their example.

I totally agree. Over the past 18 years, I have adopted and fostered several basset hounds. Along the way, I organized the first Capital District Basset Hound Waddle. We began with a handful of dogs and today, it has become an annual event with 100's of hounds attending. Monies raised go towards a rescue group. Following the death of my last hound, I needed to step back and reassess the situation. Then, last September, my daughter noticed a basset hound on the web site of our local shelter. One look and I was down there the next morning when the doors opened. Lilly joined our family the next day and life is good again. She just turned 6. Of all the bassets I have known, this girl is by far the sweetest. She absolutely loves going for walks and greeting everyone she sees, be they human or animal. She is gregarious and filled with joy. How anyone could give her up is beyond me. She is now my constant companion.


Lilly

6 posted on 10/05/2012 2:04:33 PM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer

Scripture mentions Dog all the time. Only backwards. Discreet, like.


7 posted on 10/05/2012 2:25:21 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (I will fear no muslim))
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To: NYer

If humans were half the glorious creatures dogs are this would be a much more perfect world.


8 posted on 10/05/2012 4:17:34 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("On the ascent of Olympus, what's a botched bar or two?" -Artur Schnabel)
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To: Joe 6-pack

That was so profound it brought tears to my eyes, Joe.

My Akita and I thank you.


9 posted on 10/05/2012 4:17:42 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("On the ascent of Olympus, what's a botched bar or two?" -Artur Schnabel)
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To: 1rudeboy

Me,too. I can’t talk about this right now.


10 posted on 10/05/2012 4:17:55 PM PDT by KGeorge
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To: Joe 6-pack

Thanks, Joe. :)


11 posted on 10/05/2012 4:20:13 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: NYer

Dogs are the best bump.


12 posted on 10/05/2012 4:20:27 PM PDT by austingirl
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To: NYer

We have friends that rescue Bassets. They’re wonderful people. :)


13 posted on 10/05/2012 4:21:29 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Truth and beauty. You never cease to amaze me with your insights and the manner in which you express them. You are a treasure, my love.


14 posted on 10/05/2012 5:03:00 PM PDT by floralamiss
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To: Joe 6-pack

... and so is Ranger. :-)


15 posted on 10/05/2012 5:05:06 PM PDT by floralamiss
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To: floralamiss

Actually, Ranger came up with that, darling. I just had to type it for him....


16 posted on 10/05/2012 5:05:07 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: NYer

17 posted on 10/05/2012 5:09:03 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Hardraade; NYer
There is a dog in the Book of Tobit: "So they went forth both, and the young man’s dog with them."

Tobiah has two ompanions on his journey, the angel Raphael and a dog. See, nothing but the best.

18 posted on 10/05/2012 5:20:11 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Kindness and Truth shall meet, Justice and Peace shall kiss." Psalm 85)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Thanks for the ping!


19 posted on 10/05/2012 5:52:50 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty (Psalm 37:3 "Trust in The Lord.")
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To: NYer

Aw what a sweetie Lilly is! I have rescued 2 dogs so far. I recommend it to every dog lover. Puppies are fun, but to rescue an adult dog is to gain a wonderful friend for the rest of his grateful life.

cheers


20 posted on 10/05/2012 5:55:55 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty (Psalm 37:3 "Trust in The Lord.")
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To: JoeProBono

that is such a touching photo, I keep scrolling back to it...thx gg


21 posted on 10/05/2012 6:36:20 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Joe 6-pack

Beautiful post. Thank you.


22 posted on 10/05/2012 7:14:43 PM PDT by Rushmore Rocks
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To: Joe 6-pack; shibumi

I had *very* few human playmates as a child.

My ‘friends’ were all animals.

I learned more from them than I ever learned from people.

People think I’m joking when I say I was ‘raised by wolves’.

When my family would not protect me from a ‘bad uncle’, my dogs did.

[and still do]

All of my ‘best character traits’ [such as they are] come from lessons taught me by dogs, most notably, loyalty and devotion.

I’m not sure who’d I be right now, if not for them.

I see my sister [who didn’t like animals] and fear that I may have turned out like her.

I got lucky.


23 posted on 10/05/2012 7:40:28 PM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a mad man's face, his reason tends to fly away.)
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To: JoeProBono

Okay, that made me lose it.

In the past few years I’ve seen homeless men [often vets] with signs asking for help...with their dog loyally sitting at their feet.

Sometimes I gave money but more often, I bought a hot meal for the man and a bag of food and treats for the dog.

One guy, when I gave him the bag of dog food got weepy-eyed.

I had to go before I started crying, too.

Life is capricious and there’s always a chance it could be me on some corner, begging for food for my dogs.

Some jackass ratted out another guy who had makeshift trailer attached his beat up bike, in which he hauled and housed his Rottweiler.

They claimed ‘abuse’ and took it from him so it could have a “better life”.

The dog was well fed and healthy looking...much more so than the guy...and it obviously worshiped him

He was obviously feeding the dog *first*.

I hated those people.

That dog was all he had.


24 posted on 10/05/2012 7:59:17 PM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a mad man's face, his reason tends to fly away.)
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To: Salamander
"I got lucky."

And we got lucky having you for a friend.
25 posted on 10/05/2012 8:07:35 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: shibumi

You really have no idea how much I love you.


26 posted on 10/05/2012 8:12:51 PM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a mad man's face, his reason tends to fly away.)
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To: NYer
She absolutely loves going for walks and greeting everyone she sees, be they human or animal. She is gregarious and filled with joy.

When I was a kid (ages long ago) before there were leash laws, dogs roamed our neighborhood. Some of them visited the school playground at recess. One of them was a basset hound. There was no friendlier dog and he was ALWAYS glad to see the kids. His tail wagged and wagged as more kids ran up to greet him and pet him. I guess visiting the schoolyard was one of the highlights of his day.

27 posted on 10/05/2012 8:18:43 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: NYer; a fool in paradise

16. Slobber over all those near you.


28 posted on 10/05/2012 8:22:14 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Salamander
To quote Teri Garr - "The feeling is moo-chal!"
29 posted on 10/05/2012 8:22:51 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: shibumi

/facepalm


30 posted on 10/05/2012 8:28:28 PM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a mad man's face, his reason tends to fly away.)
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To: Salamander

31 posted on 10/05/2012 8:37:11 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: NYer
"Then the dog, which had been with them in the way, ran before, and coming as if he had brought the news, shewed his joy by his fawning and wagging his tail." Tobias 11:9

"And there was a certain beggar, named Lazarus, who lay at his gate, full of sores, Desiring to be filled with the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table, and no one did give him; moreover the dogs came, and licked his sores." Luke 16:20-21

32 posted on 10/05/2012 8:59:07 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: JoeProBono
There will never be a more loyal and true companion through all the vicissitudes of life. Rich, poor, healthy or ill; they are always there for us. We don't deserve it; but thank God, they think we do.
33 posted on 10/06/2012 1:37:20 AM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: NYer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H17edn_RZoY


34 posted on 10/06/2012 3:15:49 AM PDT by will of the people
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To: will of the people

Thanks for the post of the vidseo -it is exactly how I feel.


35 posted on 10/06/2012 8:29:36 AM PDT by austingirl
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To: NYer

Incredible! We have a lot to learn from that dog and abilities.


36 posted on 10/06/2012 11:22:00 AM PDT by tob2 (A little over 1 month to election day!)
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To: NYer; Joe 6-pack

This is such a beautiful thread. Thanks to NYer for posting, and thanks to Joe 6 Pack for the ping. And the video at the end is just the cherry on the sundae.


37 posted on 10/06/2012 12:58:04 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (Joe Biden is reported to be seeking asylum in a foreign country so he does not have to debate Ryan.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Tobiah has two ompanions on his journey, the angel Raphael and a dog. See, nothing but the best.

Wow! I've read Tobit but missed that. Thank you so much for sharing this intriguing fact from scripture.

38 posted on 10/06/2012 1:51:04 PM PDT by NYer
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To: JoeProBono

When I worked in Manhattan, decades ago, there was a homeless woman who pushed a shopping cart containing her earthly belongings and, linked to it, was her companion dog. Ironically, when she passed away, the authorities discovered a bank book in her cart. The account contained $40,000!


39 posted on 10/06/2012 1:56:34 PM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer


40 posted on 10/06/2012 2:05:45 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: NYer

That so sweet

My father have put down his pit bull dog he had doggie cancer he died of age of 14 year old now he has Jack Rusell terrier rescue dog that dog sleep on the vanity bench near the bed

I got another question I try find update on this story do you remember when Greeks went Laker fan riot during their economic crisis there was dog Leading the protesters

WHat happen to him I hope that dog got good home I hear the Greek animal rescue save him last time I hear somebody try get a home in Adoption

Dog was leading the protest I am serious I saw on BBC world news


41 posted on 10/06/2012 7:34:04 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Salamander

:-*


42 posted on 10/06/2012 7:54:03 PM PDT by floralamiss
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To: NYer

A dog has so many friends because he waggs his tail not his tongue!


43 posted on 10/06/2012 8:36:09 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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