Harrison

2016 HarrisonMany of us have pets or as we lovingly call them our fur babies! 

Over the years we have had many doxies and one beautiful Bernese Mountain Dog mix or fur babies as we call them – each one with their own unique personality.  And just like our children, we worry over them when they are sick; we feed them, protect and love them.  And in return they give us unconditional love and companionship.  There is nothing better than getting puppy hugs at the end of a long day.   

Last week we noticed one of our “babies”, Harrison would not go down the yard on his usual walking the perimeter routine. Then when he came inside he clung to us, his little paws hugging our necks and not letting go while his little body trembled as if something scared the life out of him.  We did find a hole where they were digging so most likely whatever critter they were after was not happy with them.  Later that night we noticed Harrison’s nose was swollen, so fearing he was bitten we took him to the vet.  We found out he had two abscess teeth.  The vet told us that the critter they were flushing out could have swatted at his nose as he was digging causing his tooth to dislodge and causing the nose to swell enabling us to notice the abscess sooner.  She also did say he could have fallen or hit his nose and that we will never know, other than whatever happened although giving us cause for alarm, was a good thing because it allowed us to take him to the vet sooner. 

If left untreated I hate to think of the consequences. 

He is home now after surgery where they also removed other teeth that was starting to show problems.  He is recuperating and enjoying the extra attention we are giving him.   

I saw how God had His touch on Harrison.  Some may say it was a coincidence that the “critter” did something to Harrison.  But I can tell you years of  flushing out critters (and bringing some home to us) they have always managed to have the upper hand – or paw. So I am thanking God for the critter or the accident that caused the chain of events that led us to take him to the vet now.   

I know Harrison’s time here on earth is limited.  But I am thankful to God for allowing us to watch over him a bit longer. 

God created all the animals, birds and sea life before He even created man.  God brought every one of His animals to Adam to name them. God declared His ownership over animals when He said: “For every animal among the trees is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills” (Psalm 50:10-11 NLV). He then entrusted them into Adam’s care, and today God entrusts them to our care. “A righteous man regards the life of his animal.” Proverbs 12:10 

I am thankful God entrusted to us the care of His doxies and one special Bernese Mountain Dog.  I am also thankful that our God is a compassionate and loving God who encourages us to pray over our beloved pets, or the creatures of the forests and even the birds at our bird feeders knowing He will watch over them.   

Everything God has created is perfect even to smallest ant.  And everything God created has a purpose, including each one of us.  

 “Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!”   Revelation 5:13 

We will even worship our Creator together.

Harrison with his brother Silver
Harrison with his brother Silver

 

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National Dog Day

I recently found out that today is National Dog Day, well I could not let the day go by without honoring our dogs!

We have four very beautiful dogs.  My husband and I have each have a Dachshund and my daughter has a Dachshund and a mixed breed that is part Bernese Mountain Dog, Australian Shepherd and Border Collie.  We still remember when she brought him home and he fit in the palm of our hand.  She promised he would not be a big dog, but within a few months we knew we would not have a small lap dog, instead our Snoopy is a 65 pound lap dog.  As some of you may remember, he is also affectionately called our “Ugly Dachshund”, because he was raised by Dachshunds and thinks he is one.  Our dear Smokey (passed away nearly 5 yrs ago at the age 12) claimed the little Snoopy as his own.  Even as Snoopy grew and out weighed Smokey by 55 pounds, our little Smokey kept him in check and they slept side by side till the day Smokey left us.  Now poor Snoopy is bossed around by three more doxies!

So in honor of National Dog Day here are our four-legged family members:

Snoopy
Lacey – our little lady
Silver – he hates his picture taken so we usually have to take a picture while he is sleeping.
Harrison with his football

And in honor of Champ Sr, Champ Jr, Smokey, JB, Leibchen, Heidi and Pinch – just a few of our other dogs through the years – Happy National Dog Day.

Who Is Prowling In My Bushes?

Today I was going to post a book review.  But something happened in my yard that I have to share with you, so my review will have to wait for another day.

As I was outside with my daughter a noise caught my attention and I noticed something moving in the weeds and bushes on our fence line.  I wondered what was lurking in the shadows – stalking – and ready to pounce on me?

The rustling of the leaves….
Something is moving…
Searching out his prey….
Oh no!! He spots me…
Thank goodness it is only Harrison in search of critters….
Now that he knows who was stalking him, he is going back on the hunt…

Our Hooligans

Silverback & Harrison

We have in our household 4 furry ~ 4 legged children.  Two belong to my daughter; one is part Bernese mountain dog who we affectionately call “the Ugly Dachshund”, although ugly he is not.  But like the “ugly Dachshund” in the Disney movie by the same name, he has been raised by doxies and considers himself to be one – the other is the only girl, a doxie named Lacey, who reminds the other three males that she is indeed “retired”.  Then we have the two dachshunds who we affectionately call “the Hooligans” who belong to my husband and me. 

We were blessed to have held Harrison when he was two days old. Even then he snuggled in the arms of my husband and daughter while I took pictures.  Today he still snuggles and easily offers to everyone he meets puppy hugs.  Silver short for Silverback, is loving and enjoys having his belly rubbed – all the time, but when he needs his space he lets you know.  And, yes to those who are Steelers fans, our Hooligans are named after James Harrison – Silver who is a Silver Dapple and because of his markings he was given  James Harrison’s nickname.  Like his namesake, Harrison loves his football, and unlike the famed Steeler, Silver prefers to sleep all curled up until it is time to eat or time to rub his belly.  On occasion he gets into the “game” and instead of tackles he nibbles Harrison’s ears till he gets distracted. I guess all is fair in the doggie world of football. 

What amazes me about these two little guys are how they were brought into our homes from different kennels, yet became “brothers”.  Both are as different as night and day, yet they are close like two peas in a pod and have a bond that cannot be broken. 

When they go out they run together – side by side, one waits on the deck until the other comes out and they both go together in the yard.  They need to sleep with each other in the kennel, they eat and drink out of the same bowls and they both lay on our laps together.  Harrison is the leader and Silver is his partner in crime.  They even worked as a team as they search and find “critters” in the back yard.

They are loyal to each other and to us.  Very rarely do they squabble but when they do, it is over as soon as it started. One growl here and another there and then it is done and they are off doing what they do best barking and running as they chase after each other or in search of that stray critter that wanders into the yard. 

There is a lesson we can all learn from these very two unlikely brothers ~ we should all just accept each other as we are and settle our differences with a growl or two and then go off doing what we should all be doing – play with each other!   It is as simple as that.