“To his dog, every man is Napolean; hence the constant popularity of dogs.” – Aldous Huxley


“ There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” – Ben Williams

“ If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” – Woodrow Wilson

The three quotes above all point to the same thought which is that humans are dog lovers. Let’s face it…we love the critters. Last May one of the very first blogs that I wrote was entitled “ Being In the Dog House is not such a Bad Place to be these Days !” and the gist of the article is how we have become a ridiculous dog admiring culture that we have almost reached the point of dog worship. There is no arguing this as dogs today enjoy their own wardrobes, gourmet doggie meals, top of the line doggie bed mattresses, life insurance, air conditioned doggie homes, doggie parks etc  It has definitely crossed the line of absurdity in America today…no question about it.

The flip side of the story however is that dogs simply do add much to our lives. In the past two years, we have had to put down our two little dachsunds, Heidi and Lucky. We had these two little puppies for about twelve and fourteen years respectively and we were a bunch of crying babies at the Hastings house when we had to say our final goodbyes to these two family members. I was the most stoic but my husband and daughter were a mess…as they were the ultimate doggie lovers in the house.

With our daughter off to college now and my husband and I enjoying the empty nest for the first time, it is so nice to be able to get away for a weekend or an overnight trip and not have to worry about any pets…yet there is a down side to having a doggie-less home. Something is just missing without a pup in the house…that tail wagging , happy to have you home creature is just missed. For the time being, we get our doggie fix by occasionally being around our son’s dog. He lives about an hour away and how can I describe his little pooch? Well, she stands about five feet tall and looks like she could rip your face off if she had an inkling to do so…which thankfully so far, she has not. Her name is Bess and she is a mix between a boxer, a lab and a shepherd I think. She loves my son, my daughter-in-law and especially our grandchildren…..so much so that she would happily maul anyone who she thought was threatening or harming any of them. I am really super nice to all of them when I am at their house. Just using the brain that God gave me, you know what I mean?

I guess all that I am trying to say is that just as a young woman starts suffering from the “empty arm syndrome”…I am starting to suffer from the “ empty puppy house syndrome.” How long it will last I have no idea. All  I know is that I have been looking at puppy and doggie sites lately…could be a danger sign.

Just really quiet around here lately…no teens, no whining and no bow-wows….we just may have to fix that!  Time will tell. Let me hear from you readers…what should we do?

Proverbs 25:23 – As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters. (this admittedly was a stretch using this scripture for today’s blog but was fun anyhow)