“And the Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a companion who will help him.’ So the Lord God formed from the soil every kind of animal and bird…” (Genesis 2:18-19)
My advice for anyone who is lonely or feeling hurt, disappointed or abandoned is get a dog. Seriously. Dogs were put here by God to be a companion for humankind. Dogs have something special inside their canine hearts that sets them apart from other animals, namely, they have a fierce loyalty for their human masters. As humorist Josh Billings once said: “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” It’s possible that, in many ways, a dog reflects the heart of God. Perhaps, it’s more than a coincidence that the words God and doG share the same three letters of the alphabet.
Often called man’s best friend, dogs fill that empty place in our hearts that longs for unconditional love and companionship. We love them because they love us back. Because of their comforting presence in general, dogs are routinely used as therapy animals in nursing homes, hospitals, and hospice facilities. These specially trained canines provide comfort and emotional support for elderly, disabled, sick and dying patients.
“Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer,” author Dean Koontz observes in his book, False Memory. During the recent Boston Marathon bombings and Newtown shootings, The Lutheran Church Charities sent specially trained golden retrievers to provide relief to these communities after the attacks.
We hold our dogs in high esteem. Therefore, we often immortalize them on the silver screen. Who doesn’t like a good dog flick? Nothing makes a movie better than having a really cute dog as the star (or in a supporting role). Who can forget the likes of Beethoven, Lassie, or Marley? My all-time favorite and the subject of this review, however, is Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009). The movie features Richard Gere in a remake of the original 1987 Japanese film. Hachi tells the heart warming true story of a dog named Hachi whose loyalty to his master is unending. Even after his master’s death, Hachi continued to wait at the train station every day for his master’s return. Hachi, available now on DVD, is a family friendly movie that both adults and children will enjoy.
And in case you’re interested in adopting a dog, the Animal Placement Bureau (APB) or your local pet adoption agency is a good place to start. Below, Funny Bones has the answer to the penultimate question, “Why God created dogs and cats.”
A newly discovered chapter in the Book of Genesis has provided the answer to, “Where do pets come from?”
Adam said, “Lord, when I was in the garden, you walked with me everyday. Now I do not see you anymore. I am lonesome here & it is difficult for me to remember how much you love me.”
And God said, “No problem! I will create a companion for you that will be with you forever and who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will love me even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish or childish or unlovable you may be, this new companion will accept you as you are & will love you as I do, in spite of yourself.”
And God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam. And it was a good animal. And God was pleased. And the new animal was pleased to be with Adam & he wagged his tail.
And Adam said, “Lord, I have already named all the animals in the Kingdom & I cannot think of a name for this new animal.”
And God said, “No problem! Because I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you, his name will be a reflection of my own name, and you will call him DOG.”
And Dog lived with Adam & was a companion to him & loved him. And Adam was comforted. And God was pleased. And Dog was content & wagged his tail.
After a while, it came to pass that Adam’s guardian angel came to the Lord & said, “Lord, Adam has become filled with pride. He struts & preens like a peacock & he believes he is worthy of adoration. Dog has indeed taught him that he is loved, but perhaps too well.”
And the Lord said, “No problem! I will create for him a companion who will be with him forever & who will see him as he is. The companion will remind him of his limitations, so he will know that he is not always worthy of adoration.”
And God created CAT to be a companion to Adam. And Cat would not obey Adam. And when Adam gazed into Cat’s eyes, he was reminded that he was not the supreme being.
And Adam learned humility.
And God was pleased.
And Adam was greatly improved.
And Dog was happy.
And the Cat didn’t give a hoot one way or the other.