Puppy Love . . .
Some of the greatest lessons of life, I learned from my dog.
I thought I was getting my daughters a cute little cocker spaniel puppy; the owner of the "mom and pups" even had his tail docked, cocker-style. The girls named him Jody. It turns out, though, that Jody's dad was obviously no cocker but more likely the shiftless cur down the road.
Jody had hunting instincts and he was just beginning to learn to tree squirrels when his downfall came. While on a late night escapade, he collided with a Buick, and the car won.
The thing I remember most about this pup were the times I headed to the woods to deer hunt and left him at home. Looking in the rear-view mirror at those sad eyes as I drove away flooded me with guilt. Each time I returned home after a hunt, however, Jody rushed out to greet me, stubby tail whipping side-to-side, slathering me with kisses, so anxious to see me. I learned a lot from Jody about unconditional love . . . a love that held no grudges.
1 Corinthians 13 is a "love" chapter of the Bible. I read where love is patient, kind, not easily angered, keeps no record of wrongs, always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
"And now these three remain: faith, hope, love. But the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)
I never read this chapter without thanking God for His unconditional love and for remembering Jody, that little half-breed cocker spaniel pup who showed me what genuine love is all about.
Award-winning Outdoors Writer/Broadcaster, who is married to Kay.
Deacon, First Baptist Church, Ruston, Louisiana
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