A “Poke” from God

If you are at all savvy with Facebook, you know that a “poke” from a friend is just a way of saying “hello” without saying anything.  Kinda a reminder that they are there.

There is a place I have long thought would be a great place to work, and I heard they were hiring.  I picked up an employment application the other day, took it home and filled it out.  On my way to turn it in today I found myself asking, “Why am I seeking a job?”

Officially, I am now retired, but it’s not like I’m bored and need something to occupy my time.  What with yard work and a herd of dogs to train and heal so they can find forever homes, I have plenty to do.  It’s not as though we’re hard up financially, we could use a little extra; there are some projects I’d like to get done but God provides, and they will get done.  So why do I need a job again?

Just at that moment the SERVICE ENGINE light lit up in the truck’s dashboard. ‘Oh yeah, now I remember.’  Thanks for the poke, God!

Cochise’s Final Expenses Fund

Cochise BigDog passed over the Rainbow Bridge on May 3rd.  His final days involved  three trips to Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital, two of them for surgeries,  a special purchase of expensive clotting agents, a hasty trip to an Emergency Services clinic in Knoxville, where diagnostics, tests, more drugs, and consultation with an emergency service vet and an oncologist were performed.

Dr. Sandra O’Connor paid the emergency services clinic bill so I didn’t have to deal with that on top of  losing our beloved Cochise, for that I am grateful.  When everything is tallied up and posted to our account, I expect the charges for all these services will be … pretty high.  I have opened a Care Credit account as a loan to pay them.

Over the weekend one of the Rescue people we know through Facebook contacted me and asked if she could help us with Cochise’s final expenses, and if so, how?  I honestly had not considered this possibility and wasn’t sure how to go about it.  I made a few on-the-fly suggestions, but none were really good ones. Continue reading Cochise’s Final Expenses Fund

If…

This poem by Rudyard Kipling was what the pastor at the church we attended this morning opened with.  I’ve heard the first part re-done many ways, but I’d forgotten what an excellent poem it is.  Enjoy!

If…

by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: Continue reading If…

Cochise

All Hail the Chief

Cochise BigDog, also known as Cochise the Amazing Talking Dog passed away on Thursday, May 3rd around 9:30 PM at the age of ten years.

Cochise was a great companion to us for six of those years, an amazing mentor to 63 foster dogs, an effective Guardian of the Realm, and a great ambassador for rescue dogs everywhere, for he too started out abandoned in a shelter, heartworm positive and scheduled for destruction.  We saved him then, now it’s time to let him go.  Farewell my Bestest Boy, you will be missed.
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Cochise Is Declared “Unusual” Once Again

Cochise wasn't expecting anything unusualLast week Cochise went to Cedarwood for his annual inspection — I mean examination, shots, blood tests, and a good, thorough poking all over.  He had an unusual lump on his leg that raised some concerns.

In the end, what they found was described as “the most unusual thing we’ve ever seen.” – which is becoming a recurring theme with Cochise. Continue reading Cochise Is Declared “Unusual” Once Again

Foxy

Foxy Steele:
Notes on a rescue dog

Although this young Husky looks a little rough at the moment, she is indeed one foxy lady!  Even more so once I got her brushed out.
Last updated: May 18, 2018

Base Info:

Foxy
Foxy
  • Arrival date: April 24th, 2018
  • Breed: Husky
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: @ 1 year
  • Weight: @45 pounds
  • Spay/Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Appears healthy.  Has had her vaccinations and worming.  HW test was negative.
  • Temperament: She’s SO sweet!  A real snuggle-bug.  Quite gentle.

History

Foxy was surrendered by her owner to Animal Control.  She stated she had given Foxy away to two other families, both brought her back.  That’s the factual information.

I would conjecture that this is yet another case of someone adopting a Husky pup because she was SO cute, but without knowing anything about Huskies.  The pup was likely raised without any training until she got big enough to become a nuisance by being her bouncy, happy-go-lucky self.  Then it’s “we have to get rid of this dog, she’s out of control” time.

And of course: it’s the DOG’S fault.

Fortunately N.A.C. recognized that Foxy would not do well in a shelter and called Steele Away Home.  Jen already has her placed with a Husky rescue, I’ll work with her until that transport and Foxy will find a home where her people appreciate the strong, quirky personalities of these wonderful dogs.

Known Issues & Progress

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Notes on a rescue dog

The Auspices of Ordination

Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away … no, wait: wrong story.  Let’s try “Once upon a time”, when I was in my 20’s, shortly after I had accepted Jesus Christ as my savior, I was studying under a dynamic young Preacher named Dennis.  He was the first formally educated preacher I’d encountered in my adult(ish) life and he impressed me so much with his knowledge of the Bible that it ignited a fire in me.  Dennis thought I showed promise and encouraged me to seek ordination by attending a local seminary.  Dennis gave me a letter of recommendation and I filled out the admission paperwork and waited for the enrollment period to come around.

While I was waiting, the church Deacons discovered that Dennis was having an affair with the church secretary and sent him packing.  When they announced this to the congregation, I felt personally betrayed by my mentor.  Anger over this betrayal sent me off into a time I call my “prodigal period” where I shelved my faith for a while, including abandoning my plans for Christian education and ordination. Continue reading The Auspices of Ordination

Hindering Houdini: How to Prevent Dog Escapes From Your Yard

Anyone who owns a dog knows that dogs love to run and play.  Perhaps a geriatric dog would rather lounge in the sun and warm his aching bones, but most dogs want and need exercise.  Walking on a leash with Master is seldom enough so, unless a dog park is nearby, a play yard is required.  If planning a play yard, preventing dog escapes is a critical aspect to consider.

Why Your Dog Escapes

Most dogs are protective.  Some are natural hunters.  Therefore dogs will want to drive away perceived threats like other dogs, school bus monsters, delivery service trucks, and cars with loud exhaust systems.  Some will chase prey: cats, squirrels, bunny rabbits, and birds.  Others are gregarious and want to play with passers-by.  Some have an adventurous spirit and occasionally get the wander-lust.

Blondie Bear looking fit specializing in dog escapesOur “Houdini dog”: Blondie Bear, fell into these last two categories.  She likes to make friends, but also has (or had) a strong wander-lust.  She’s a big girl: 90 pounds, but powerful and surprisingly agile for her size.  She posed quite a challenge in preventing dog escapes, until I learned a few tricks.  Tricks on preventing dog escapes that I will now share with you.

Chain-Tether-Run

Some dog owners opt for the simplicity of putting their dog on a chain or vinyl coated steel cable that is attached to something solid.  As a permanent solution to dog escapes, this is a terrible idea.  Many communities are passing ordinances making it illegal to tether a dog for more than a very short time (like an hour).  No one wants to see a dog living his live on the end of a six foot chain staked to the ground.  This is abuse and can result in criminal prosecution.

Using a run wire to preven dog escapesIf no other solution is available, using a cable & trolley run to extend a dog’s range while keeping him secured is better than a simple tether, but still presents problems especially in the area of potential injury to the dog. Continue reading Hindering Houdini: How to Prevent Dog Escapes From Your Yard

When Christians Die

The pastor of the church my wife and I attend passed away this afternoon.  This possibility was a prime topic of discussion at this morning’s services.  There were many teary eyes.  But as we contemplate the death of a Christian brother or sister, are tears appropriate?

Why Do We Grieve?

no more deathGrief is a natural reaction anytime someone close to us passes away.  We grieve mostly because we miss that person.  Depending on the relationship between us, that feeling of loss can have devastating results in our life — if we let it.

Generally speaking, we grieve because *we* feel loss; making the feelings self-centered.  There are a myriad of circumstances that make that statement less fitting: Continue reading When Christians Die

From The Story of the Prodigal Son by Frans Francken

Points to Ponder On the Prodigal Son

In Luke chapter 15 Jesus tells three parables involving the loss and recovery of precious items.  One of those is the story we know as the parable of the prodigal son.  Before we begin it is important to understand something about servants in the Jewish household in the time of Jesus.

There were three types of servants employed by Jewish estates.  The first was a bondservant: which was treated like a family member, they ate with the family, dressed well, and were given responsibility to conduct the affairs of the estate.  Bondservants hired household servants, who also lived in the home, but ate separately and were not treated as family members.  Household servants  were the cooks, maids, personal attendants, gardeners, etc for the family; doing the bulk of the day-to-day work of the estate.   Hired servants or hired men, were per-Diem workers brought in on an as-needed basis and paid their days wages at the end of each day.   Typically a full-day worker would be fed at mid-day.  These workers helped at harvest time or to accomplish some major task.  They were disposable workers.

Although most Bible translations do not use the word “prodigal” (which means “reckless or wild spending”) this title has become common for this parable.  Whether we refer to him as the prodigal son or the lost son, it is unfortunate that we look to the younger son as being the topic of this story; for indeed Jesus intended it to be about the gracious and forgiving father.  He was using the parable to illustrate why He was associating and eating with sinners, a practice that incensed the Pharisees.

A rich man had two sons.  The younger son demanded his share of the family wealth.  This was an audacious demand!  He was, in effect, telling his father “I wish you were dead”, because family fortunes were not normally distributed until the father was dead or close to it.  This one was very much alive.  This had to hurt the father. Continue reading Points to Ponder On the Prodigal Son