Watching the Annual American Humane Hero Dog awards the other night, I once again cried as each nominee was presented. The stories behind these brave animals are no less courageous than humans. Many risk their lives for us humans in various ways.
The Arson Dog, named “Judge” has worked more than 275 fires often bringing evidence leading to many arrests.
The Therapy dog helps the person who needs coaching in life skills.
The Police K-9 or Military Dogs are trained to find bombs, weapons or protect those in their command. “Layka” took shots and lost a leg while guarding her combat unit in Afghanistan.
There was one little dog who was what is now called a Hearing Guide dog. This precious little creature saved her human from getting hit by a bus because she can’t hear environmental sounds.
“Hooch” the French Mastiff who won has a story of his own. When found by Zach Scow 3 years ago in a rescue it was determined Hooch had had his tongue cut out. Emaciated from not being able to eat, he was rushed to a vet for treatment. He is fed by hand now.
Ironically, Zach Scow almost died also from liver damage because he is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict. The two are now inseparable and Zach owes a lot of his stability to this survival of the fittest.
Hooch is now used to calm non-verbal autistic children while learning social skills. He also cares for women who have been abused. His peaceful nature is contagious; so much so that some of the first words spoken by these children of autism is “Hooch.”
How have we humans missed it?
How is it that the unconditional love and loyalty from dogs hasn’t caught on with people?
For the most part, dogs have a natural ability for qualified love. It’s not in us, and unless a dog is abused or neglected that instinct remains.
God is unconditional love. Maybe He knew we would respond well to dogs so He placed a great deal of that love inside of them.
He also gave them the instinct to know when something is wrong. Out of the love they have for their owners, dogs respond by letting us know when to be alert, on guard or even move us out of the way of trouble we didn’t see coming.
Isn’t that how God is with us?
He is our guide.
He alerts us to danger.
He often removes us or removes that which He doesn’t want in our lives for our own protection, spiritual maturity and growth for the kingdom of God.
Teach me your way, O LORD, And lead me in a level path because of my foes.
Dogs know automatically what their purpose is in the life they’ve been given.
Our purpose is to have and maintain a close, personal relationship with God.
Maybe we can learn from dogs how to be more obedient to our calling.
2 John 1:6 “2 John 1:6 And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.