I recently received this in the email from a friend of mine with the following …”disclaimer: my husband indicates that this image is not theologically correct.“ya think” Ha ha “
It is cute…It is funny….but here is where I am going to get weird… how really incorrect is this theologically?
I have been really really sick this week….because it is our busiest time at work I have been trying to push through it…well lets just say that didn’t work so well. My BG is running between 200 and 500 and I have A LOT of insulin on board and well I am just a little goofy right now so bear with me.
From a pure religious point of view this could be taken as being very irreverent. I don’t mean it to be that way at all. Well I do think it might be a little irreverent to have the small shih tzu looking thing as baby Jesus……simply because they aren’t known for their nose work. I guess it could happen that a shih tzu could become a Diabetic Alert Dog but I still think it would take A LOT of work.
But I do think this picture is somewhat theologically correct in that I truly do believe that service dogs…diabetic alert dogs in particular are GIFTS straight from Heaven to us morans here on earth that struggle to get the real meaning. Think about it….what if God did send Bravo and Radar to me as a gift on loan to help save me from myself ( my body and sometimes bad choices)????? I am not saying they are Christ but I am thinking they do have some Christ like tendencies. They help me in good times and in bad. They guide me to make better choices about treatment in that if I don’t they are going to be ever and always present and bugging me to be better at it. Hmmm am I digging a hole? Is lightening going to strike??
If I take that thinking a little further training and being with a DAD is often like trying to sort out all of the religions here on earth. Many trainers of these dogs (including ALL dog sports) think that there is ONLY ONE WAY to find God. They often believe that their way is the ONLY way and if you don’t do it that way then you are bad or your dog is bad or your methods are bad. You can only get the desired results by following the correct program!
Like I said I am really sick right now so my thinking is goofy. Bear with me…I have watched many VERY SUCCESSFUL and VERY sought after dog trainers do extremely well. What I have observed is that SOME of them follow a particular program and when they get a dog that doesn’t learn the way they teach they wash the dog from the program and say the dog is worthless. The dog gets somewhere else and all of the sudden the dog starts to succeed because how it was being taught changed. The dog becomes successful. I have watched others trainers who perhaps arent as big name take the time to figure out HOW the dog learns and believes that NO MATTER what they are going to stick it out. They love the dogs enough to go the distance with them to help pull out all of the things that a dog is meant to be to a human. To me me that is what almost any Religion tries to do with their followers…pull the absolute best out of us morans that are trying to find the right path in life. Different Religions just ask the questions slightly different….EVENTUALLY we find the one that works best for us, that helps us ask the right question, but they do help us get to the RIGHT answer….which is that GOD LOVES US ALL. For us Christians He loves us so much that He sent HIS Son to us as baby. But even among Christians they fight and think THEIR way is the only way.
I gotta be honest I am not always sure of all of the answers about religion or dog training. I know that God loves me and I know that I love dogs enough that I am going to treat them as the gift they are to me and love them enough to build a STRONG relationship. Just like my faith sometimes it takes LOVE and sometimes it takes DISCIPLINE but it always take UNDERSTANDING. We are each different and dogs are each different. When someone tells me they have all of the answers or that there is ONLY ONE WAY to do something..I usually don’t argue much…I learn as much as I can from them and then I run to the nearest exit.
I don’t know why I am writing this tonight on Christmas Eve but these are the thoughts on my heart tonight. Before I go to sleep I am going to pray and Thank God for sending His Son for us and I am going to Thank Him for the most wonderful gifts I have in my life…my friends, my family and my dogs. All 3 are gifts from Heaven and all 3 have taught me something in life.
Merry Christmas to you all….may you find your own path to what you are meant to be…but remember your path is not built alone. Think outside the box and be thankful for what you have. May God bless us all!