How Does a Dog say I Love you?
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
– Romans 1:20 New American Standard Version (1995)
We learn from all that has been created. All around us is the evidence and examples of God’s handiwork.
Ecclesiastes 3:19 For what happens to the sons of men also happens to animals; one thing befalls them; as one dies so dies the other. Surely they all have one breath; man has no advantage over animals….”
I have known disloyal people but I have never seen or heard of a disloyal dog. The dog is always loyal to his master, I choose to use the word guardian. I believe loyalty, love and devotion are those attributes of a dog that we admire most. Even people who are unkind and mistreat their dogs find that their dogs remain loyal to them, sometimes, even to the death. Can you say that of all of your friends or even family?
From the very beginning ‘man’ has been given dominion over the animals, birds of the air and the fish of the sea. With authority comes responsibility and responsibility demands acountability.
Whether it be the power of the throne, pulpit, or Oval Office every one will be held acountable for his/her actions.
How has man treated animals in his/her charge? Not well at all. Consider how animals have been used in war. Horses, elephants, dogs, and other animals have been used in battle. Now, if you wanted to bring down an adversary who was on horseback which of them makes an easier and bigger target? Yes, the horse. A fallen warrior will probably be injured and also makes for an easier target, so you aim for the horse. Not all animals died instantly but usually died an agonizing death, There were no veterinarians on the battle field. Obviously, over the years death and pain have taken the biggest toll on horses. No, ‘man’ has not exercised love and care for those under his/her care.
When we observe nature and all that God has created we must be intelligent enough to learn from His beautiful creatures.
Love does not differentiate the object or subject of it’s love. It could be human or animal, love is the same. The source of all love is from God and since God is love we need to be aware that God loves all of His creation, as we should.
I truly believe that there is something essential missing from the spirit of the human being who does not or can not express love toward animals. If some measure of this love is absent from the human being there has to be something of God missing from that person. I’d say they are incomplete as a human. They are missing the joy of sharing this beautiful world with all of God’s creatures. There is such a joy in having the love of an innocent creature of the animal world, dog, cat, horse or any other creature return your love. One can see this love in the
eyes, response and obedience returned without a single word being spoken. They show their love not with words but with loyalty and devotion even unto death.
On September 30, 2013 a guide dog named Simon gave his life to save the son of his blind owner. With internal injuries and a broken leg he dragged himself two hundred yards to see that the child he saved was safe and then collapsed and died. Sacrifice complete.
I believe God has given us perfect examples from the animal kingdom on how to love one another.
Yes, there will be animals in heaven. They have been with us from the beginning and they will be with us at the end. The scriptures often speak of animals being in heaven and seen with angels.
But, that’s a story for another time, or perhaps you might wish to visit my archive of October 2012, the last entry for that month and find out now.
For As I See