In the Beginning, There Was Nothing.🌎

creation

One of my favorite dog things to do when I am outside, is sit at the open gate between the back yard and the front of the house. I love to look down the driveway and up and down the street. There are so many things to see. Go to a window or go outside and look, smell, feel, hear and maybe even taste all of these gifts from God, with me.

Now, what will you see if God did not create mankind? Erase from the picture that you see with your eyes, all the people, all your friends, all the children, the moms and dads, and neighbors. People made the houses and cars, roads and sidewalks, planes and balls that you see. Erase all of the man-made things.

What do you see? A house, a road, a car, maybe there is an airplane in the sky. You may see a baby buggy, a wagon or a ball.  You might see your friends or other children and their parents. A man and a woman were the last things that God created. He created them on the sixth day of His big plan.

Now what do you see? Just before God made man and woman, He created all the animals. You might see a dog or a cat, a squirrel or a rabbit.  If you look really close you might see a spider, a fly or a snake. Now, take away all of these animals from what you see. What is there to look at now?

On day five God made all the creatures that fly so you may still see a sea gull, a sparrow or a hawk in your picture. Erase all the birds and you will still have things to look at. On the fifth day God also created all the creatures in the sea. Do you have goldfish in a bowl? The oceans are full of all sizes, shapes and colors of sea life. But what if you take all these away?

Now you may see the sun, the moon and the stars. A tree or a bush with flowers and grass in front. Now subtract all the lights that God placed in the sky. Is it really dark? Is it getting cold? These were the things God created on the fourth day. Our picture is looking pretty empty!

What do we have in our picture now? We still have trees and grass and flowers. There is water in streams, rivers, lakes and the ocean. There is land, making mountains, hills and valleys, desserts and islands. Yes sir, you guessed right! Now, erase all of these things that were created on the third day of God’s perfect plan.

On the second day there was not a lot to look at. God created a big, big space all around, it might have been blue in the day time and dark black at night. No one really knows. No one was there. Now, erase the day and the night.

In the beginning there was nothing at all. There was only darkness all around. No shapes, no colors, no light to see. No flowers, no food to smell. No furry animals to feel and no birds to hear singing. There was no sweet fruit or tasty man-made candy to taste.  Just emptiness everywhere, except for one living spirit. There was the invisible spirit of God.  This first day, God created the heavens and the earth. What a day that would have been! Can you imagine nothing?

I Love You 😍

God created dog’s brains much like human brains in the producing emotions department. He has made connecting with each other very easy for us.

Here are some ways that God has instructed me to relate my love to you.

  1. I gaze into your eyes. When I do and you return my gaze, a hormone called oxytocin is released into your brain and mine sending each of us a chemical love message.  
  2. I will share my toys. I guard my toys pretty carefully but when I run to you with my toys or when I nudge one forward for you to take it, you will know my strong and unconditional love for you.
  3. When you yawn, I will yawn too which shows you my empathy. Yawning at the same time shows that I have bonded with you.
  4. I’ll sleep with you just like I would with my pack. Wild dogs sleep together for protection so when I sleep with you, I’m showing my trust in you. Your body heat is nice as well.
  5. I wag my tail to show you a whole range of emotions. When I hold my tail high, I am showing you I am confident and enthusiastic but if my tail is low, I’m pretty nervous. A stiff or slow wag means I am not in the mood, beware of my attitude.
  6. I’ll raise my eyebrows to make my eyes seem larger giving you my puppy dog eyes. Try resisting that! I understand your words and your tone when you speak and I will show facial expressions.
  7. I love to cuddle just as much as you do. It’s a stress reliever for the both of us. Talking and petting boost oxytocin levels for both us. That’s that love chemical we talked about earlier.
  8. When I lean on you or touch you, I am showing you my need for physical and emotional support. As my pack leader I want to express my highest form of trust.
  9. I’ll let you touch my head. Never go over a dog’s head and try to pet us this way. We see it as a threat, but when I enjoy it and close my eyes, I definitely love you. Especially avoid this habit when you meet a new dog for the first time.
  10. I will calmly watch you leave the house. I won’t like it one bit but I will be good. This shows that I trust you and I know you’re going to come back.
  11. I’ll go absolutely crazy when you come back, releasing that love chemical oxytocin again in the both of us. Better yet, when you interact with me, we both decrease the stress hormone cortisol.
  12. I’ll lick or kiss your face. I love you, I love you, I love you. Well! Don’t you humans do the same. Maybe not the licking thing.

God didn’t create all of us animals the same. 😺🙊🐠🐝🐥

Do you think when a lion licks your face, he is telling you he loves you?

What other animals can you trust or NOT trust?

What warning signs did God give these animals for you to be aware of?  

A Prayer to Start the Day 🌞

Here is a short little prayer that is perfect for when you wake up in the morning. You can add to this prayer anything that you are thankful for. You might want to remember your parents and grandparents or the lonely old lady down the street.

Now, say this prayer for your own kind.

Let’s thank Kate Douglas Wiggin for writing this prayer way back in 1954. This prayer was printed in a Children’s Prayer Book by Dell Publishing Company, Inc.

A Prayer to End the Day🌛

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After I have had my bath and brushed my teeth. I hop up onto the foot of my dad’s bed and I am ready for the last activity of my day. I say my prayers with dad and then I just love to hear a really, really, good, short story. By this time, I’m all slowed down and my eyes are heavy. I am ready to drift off to a magical place; and there I go, I’m off to sleep.

Here is a prayer my dad told me that he remembers his Grandma Dorothy teaching him when he was just a young pup himself.

Night prayer

Do you wanna know something really cool about this prayer? My dad and his Grandma used to sing this prayer instead of just saying it but it had a lot more words.

The original verses and the words are really old. My dad found this really, really, cool and old copy of the original authors, the paper piano music and prayer here; You gotta check it out!   https://digitalcommons.conncoll.edu/sheetmusic/1133  Click on the large download button you see on the page when it opens. You may have to shrink the page because on my laptop it appears too large for the screen.

Inspector Clouseau🐙

As you know, I am originally from a small country in South America named Ecuador. I am very proud to be an Ecuadorian pup and I want to share many interesting things about my birth country. Here is one, did you know that there are Sting Rays in the rivers of the Ecuadorian, rainforest? Cool Eh! Many people think they are only in the big oceans. Here is another fun fact from Ecuador and I would have found it unbelievable if my dad did not have pictures. In the same Ecuadorian rainforest, lakes and rivers, there are pink dolphins. I will tell you more about these in the future. Today, my story is about an amazing gift from God, a bright, bubble gum pink, Reef Manta Ray that lives near Australia.

 You might say, no way José, reef mantas are black, white, or black and white. You would be right if you said this before the year 2015 when Jeffery Ryan first spotted the pink ray. The ray was named, “Inspector Clouseau” because he is the colour of the Pink Panther that the awkward inspector was always trying to capture.

Inspector Clouseau is the only known pink ray in the world. He seems to be very shy or he travels over a very large area. He has only been seen 10 times since 2015 which is crazy because he is 11 feet wide or 3.3 metres wide and as he grows, he is expected to weigh almost 2,000 pounds or 907 kilograms. The pictures above were taken by Kristian Laine when he was fortunate enough to see Inspector Clouseau in 2019.

If you would like to see the Inspector, you would have your best chance on the Great Barrier Reef. He was last seen near Lady Elliot Island.

Look at this baby manta ray. Does he look like an alien from outer space? Baby mantas are born alive and are called pups just like me when I was young.