Reality is a Lion

Reality is a lion, crouching patiently in the tall grass.

Others pantomime their fantasies declaring, “I am a rhinoceros” or “I am an elephant, the lion cannot hurt me!”  Since they are in fact gazelles they will, in their defiant arrogance, strut too close to the tall grass.

Despite their posturing they then become lion-lunch.

dog portrait of Cochise

Dog Portraits From the Land of Cheese

One of my friends on Facebook, Donna Gregg, is a cheesehead — aka resident of Wisconsin — and she does dog portraits.

dog portraits
Caricature in Crochet

Donna and I connected because she is also a dog lover, canine rescuer, and intelligent person.  Among her many talents is the ability to do 3-D dog cariacatures in crochet.  Recently she returned to her first love: pencil and paper.

The dog portraits I saw on Facebook looked nice, but when I got one of her works in the mail as an early Christmas present, I was astounded by her likeness of our American Bulldog mix: Cochise.  No photograph or scan I’ve done can do it justice, it is so life-like and detailed.

Below are just a few of the dog portraits she has done: Continue reading Dog Portraits From the Land of Cheese

Zen Sarcasm

I did not originate these, but I’ve collected them from various locations on the World Wide Web as I’ve encountered them.  Enjoy!

  1. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and leaky tire.
  2. It’s always darkest before dawn.  So if you’re going to steal your neighbor’s newspaper, that’s the time to do it.
  3. Don’t be irreplaceable.  If you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.
  4. Always remember that you’re unique: just like everyone else.
  5. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
  6. If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments.
  7. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.
  8. If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is probably not for you.
  9. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
  10. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably a wise investment.
  11. If you always tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
  12. Some days you’re the bug; some days you’re the windshield.
  13. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
  14. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.
  15. A closed mouth gathers no foot.
  16. Duct tape is like ‘The Force’. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.
  17. There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.
  18. Generally speaking, you aren’t learning much when your lips are moving.
  19. Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.
  20. Never miss a good opportunity to shut up.

Smile: Simple Giving to Favorite Charity

If you are a regular reader here, you know I serve as a foster care provider with Steele Away Home – Canine Foster and Rescue.  Being a charity, we are (always) raising funds to keep doing what we do.  We have a new way for you to help … and all you have to do is — SHOP!  You like shopping right?  Do you shop on Amazon.com?

Steele Away Home is an all-volunteer run 501(c)(3) and is now GuideStar accredited and registered with Amazon Smile.  If you select us as your beneficiary, Amazon will donate a percentage of THEIR profits from your purchase to us as your chosen charity. Continue reading Smile: Simple Giving to Favorite Charity

Is There Any Evidence That Jesus Lived?

About two weeks ago I engaged in a discussion about evidence that Jesus lived with a fellow through social media.  Because it was on social media I was able to record our back and forth verbatim.  It was a good discussion: he made some good points and it never degraded into mean-spirited argument (as so many do).

This topic branched off from a discussion with others about how silly religion in general is with all its rules and clouded, conflicting information.  Here is our discussion: he is Bruce, I am Doug.

Bruce: So how do you know which parts of the bible, if any, to believe? Perhaps all of it is a creation of men.  After all, there is not one single contemporary account that Jesus ever existed, not one. Continue reading Is There Any Evidence That Jesus Lived?

Ricky

Ricky Steele
Notes On A Foster Dog

Ricky is a sweet boy.  A bit shy today, but that’s to be expected.  The information below will be updated as Ricky progresses.  Last update: Dec 11, 2017

Base Info:

  • Breed: Beagle/Border Collie
  • Sex: Male
  • Weight: Approx. 30 pounds
  • Spay/Neutered: Yes
  • Age: 7-8 months (as of Nov. 2017)
  • General Health: Good.  Up to date on all shots.  HW-neg and on a preventative.
  • Temperament: Shy with new people.  Skittish with big dogs.  Bouncy and friendly with people he knows.

History

Continue reading Ricky Steele
Notes On A Foster Dog

Roscoe Returns
Notes On A Foster Dog

Roscoe is ready to go home

Roscoe is back!

Unfortunately he did not pass Universal K9’s qualifications for acceptance into their police dog training programNewport Animal Control‘s attempts to get him into one of several “pit bull” rescues came to naught as well.  But Steele Away Home – Canine Foster and Rescue’s Intake Coordinator (Amy) agreed to let me bring him back here as a Steele dog.

Roscoe went out the back door for a walk just as I was coming in the front door of Animal Control.  That gave me a few minutes to talk with Lisa and Alicia.  They had a packet made up for me with the transfer form, shot record, and a microchip kit.

Roscoe came back in via the front door, and when he saw me standing there he just EXPLODED in happiness: bounced around then stood up, wrapped his paws around my neck and licked my face.   Now I need a shower!   When I took him out to the truck he leapt up onto the tailgate and pawed at the door of the transport box, “Let me in, let me in, I want to go home!”  He sang a song all the way home! Continue reading Roscoe Returns
Notes On A Foster Dog

John Says, “Keep It Simple”

keep it simpleThere is a tendency to get caught up with the complexities of church responsibilities: Bible-reading programs, cataloging spiritual gifts, and reading books that offer seven easy steps to this or ten quick steps to achieving that.  However, paying too much attention to even good things prevents us from focusing on what really matters: Jesus Christ.  We forget to keep it simple.

In 1 John, John says: Let me keep it simple for you; walk with Jesus.  Cling to your faith.  Stay in the light.  When you sin, confess it and move on.  Show your love for Jesus by loving your brothers and sisters in Christ.

This is not a modern phenomenon.  It was the same when the Apostle John walked the earth.  It is why he wrote this book.  I have previously written about 1 John as the Quick Start Card for the Bible; the best place for new Christians to start reading the Bible, or for established Christians who have finally decided to start learning their Bible.  1 John 1:4 – 2:2 says: Don’t let go of the joy! Continue reading John Says, “Keep It Simple”

Ty’s Last Late Night Run

Around 2:00 this morning Ty Steele, one of our foster dogs, woke us up.  I say “us” because he went from Marie’s side of the bed to my side, back and forth, poking his nose into our faces.  We thought at first he was wanting to play and we encouraged him to go back to sleep.  He has been good lately about sleeping the night through.

But last night we had a going-away party for Ty because he’s leaving on transport today (thanks to the good folks at Jefferson County Humane Society, who loaned Steele Away Home their big van when the one we’ve been using and had planned on using tomorrow was suddenly made unavailable to us).  The Oinky he enjoyed so thoroughly probably made him thirsty and he probably drank more than usual for late evening – maybe I’d better take him outside. Continue reading Ty’s Last Late Night Run

A Herding Dog
Under All Circumstances

Cochise, on the herding dog
Cochise tells the tale

Ty is a true herding dog. HairyFace had to cone him after his surgery yesterday. But, being extra bright, he learned quickly how to navigate and even use the dreaded thing to his advantage. I mean, besides ramming it into the People’s legs at every opportunity so they can share his discomfort.

can't defy the herding dogThis morning we all went out for our morning run. Everyone but Josephine came back in. When she arrived, Ty went to the door with Hairy. The sight of old cone-head standing in her way was enough to spook Josie and she backed away. Continue reading A Herding Dog
Under All Circumstances