Buddy Wingo

Buddy Wingo: FrankenFoster

Buddy WingoBuddy Wingo is an 8 year old beagle who had been attacked by three large dogs.  An eye witness said Buddy didn’t fight back, the others were going to kill him and he was going to let them.  That’s how sweet-natured this guy is.

Until recently Buddy looked like something out of a Frankenstein movie: criss-crossed by lines of sutures where Cedarwood’s staff cleaned up his torn flesh and stitched him back together.  He’s also had some plastic surgery to deal with granulations and scar tissue.  Buddy Wingo has been in intensive care at Cedarwood for a month, but now he is ready to go into rehabilitation and can be moved to a medically aware foster home.  That’s where we come in. Continue reading Buddy Wingo: FrankenFoster

About Imaginary People

Mankind has always been, at least in part, an imaginary people. Modern man: more so.  The proliferation of social media makes this easy.

imaginary peopleTo the degree that each of us manages an image, we are imaginary people.  If you have a gazillion “friends” or “followers” on social media but those people follow because of a persona you made up and maintain; you are (mostly) an imaginary person.  If no one knows what you are really like, then they don’t like you, they like a persona you created.

Social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram make it easy for us to build up a particular image.  We can forward or re-post funny, encouraging, upbeat things even if we are not funny, encouraging, or up-beat people.  On social media we can be what others expect us to be or what we wish we were.  But when we put on that mask, we become imaginary people, for we are not representing who we really are inside. Continue reading About Imaginary People

Lost in Space: No Place to Hide

Lost In SpaceAs a kid, the highlight of my week was laying on the floor of our living room and watching the weekly episode of Lost in Space.  I thought that was the greatest show ever made!  Many years later I revisited a few of those episodes and came away wondering, “What was I *thinking*?!”  By modern standards the classic version left a lot to be desired.  Still, I remember it fondly as a major part of my childhood as my love for science fiction bloomed. Continue reading Lost in Space: No Place to Hide

Julian Gets Nuttered

Doug
The dogtor is in

Julian was neutered on Friday.

Blondie Bear; in her sweet, misguided way, says he was nuttered: which is still correct if you think about it.

That first afternoon he was pretty sore and walked around stiff-legged on the back end.

He had a good nap that afternoon and was feeling better that evening.  But he started licking at his incision.  This has to be discouraged because keeping the incision wet promotes bacterial growth, which quickly becomes an infection.  Since he’s due to transport out next Friday we really do not want that. Continue reading Julian Gets Nuttered

Praying For Our Leaders

Jesus is king, leader, leaders, rulersIt seems our nation is becoming more and more divided as large groups of people focus on and become vocal about their own personal desires.  Divisions are forming as social groups form up on one side or the other of many issues.  A large part of this divisiveness involves media and pundits attacking our leaders.  At city, county, state, and national levels, leadership is under attack.

We as Christians need to refrain from bad-mouthing our leaders.  The Bible calls this murmuring, and condemns it.  The word translated as murmur is also used as “complain” or “grumble” and refers to the grousing of people to one another rather than addressing the issue directly. Continue reading Praying For Our Leaders

Shiloh and House-Training

Cochise, on DST
Cochise tells the tale

Shiloh is a good kid and I liked her right off.  So when HairyFace decided to start house-training her after being here only a couple of weeks, I gave my approval.  As long as he teaches her that inside play is NOT the same as outside play.  She likes to sprint and tussle with Julian and Josephine out in the yard.  That won’t fly in MY house!  But Hairy knows that.

Shiloh wants inShe was eager to get started and often hung out by the back door hoping to be invited inside.

As usual he started house-training by bringing her in and straight into a wire crate. Continue reading Shiloh and House-Training

Blondie Joins the Fun

Cochise, on DST
Cochise tells the tale

Blondie Bear has been feeling poorly for the past few months: she has the itchies real bad.  She’s gone to see Dr. Sandra a couple of times.  Dr. Sandra gave HairyFace some medicine for Blondie: that helped the itchies but made her sleepy.  Now that the problem is clearing up and Blondie isn’t spending all her time either scratching or sleeping, she is getting to be her spunky self again.  And that means she can be trouble for me sometimes. Continue reading Blondie Joins the Fun

Josie’s Midnight Con

Doug
The dogtor is in

Josie Bean has taken it in her mind that if she gets me up anywhere between 2:00 am and 4:00 am and goes outside that I should give her a stick-treat.  We are in the habit of giving stick-treats to good dogs who go outside after they get up so they are “safe” to let run loose in the house.  But that is after We the People get up, not whenever they decide they need a snack.  She’s trying to con me: and it’s not the first time. Continue reading Josie’s Midnight Con

Instruction for the Persecuted Church

The Apostle Paul’s first letter to the church at Thessalonica was primarily to assure them that believers who died before Jesus returned would be taken up, and to answer some questions.  This was needed because when the Jewish leaders learned that Paul was teaching in this city, they incited the gentile population, persecuted the church, and drove Paul and his traveling companions out before they could teach the Thessalonians much about living as a believer.

persecutedThey left behind a fledgling church.  It was not uncommon for Paul to spend 2 or 3 years teaching a newly planted church how to live as followers of The Way (Christians) but he didn’t get that chance this time.  Before fleeing, Paul appointed the men with the strongest faith to be leaders over the new congregation and promised to return as soon as was possible.

Outsiders were attempting to infiltrate the young church and turn them from the Gospel, so Paul wrote to them to answer the allegations being made and to encourage the church to stand strong in faith: to test new teaching against the scripture, to trust their leaders.

In chapter 5:14-15 Paul says, Continue reading Instruction for the Persecuted Church

Aaannd … it’s DONE!

DougFor the past … oh … year or so, I’ve been working on a garden upgrade project.  The entire thing has been chronicled on Grit Magazine’s web site starting with Part 1  (then click the [NEWER] links at the bottom of each episode to step through the entire series). Feel free to click that link to go read all about it, if you have any interest at all.  Make sure you have a beverage handy.  And a sandwich. The six parts posted so far can take a while to read through, but they’re chock full of tips and advice on doing this.

Mega Garden Box

Today, Julian the Boxer and I completed this project.

Well, almost. Continue reading Aaannd … it’s DONE!