If I had to pick just one kind of species in the animal kingdom to have, it would be a dog, hands down. I adore dogs. I spent many hours with our farm dogs in my childhood years and thankfully, Hubby is a dog-lover, too, so we have always had a dog. The latest one, as you’ve read in past columns, is Buddy, our three year old white, long-haired, Golden Lab/Siberian Husky. Buddy came when we needed some laughs and has been the perfect prescription to fill our family’s needs of camaraderie, as well as goofiness. You may find Buddy lying on his back in the middle of the yard when it is raining. You may see him licking Tiny’s nose (Lil Sweet Pea’s miniature horse). He may greet you in the morning with a big yowl when you give him breakfast. But most of all, you will find him always wanting to be with humans. He wants to be as close as is humanly/dog possible.
Buddy, or “Bobo”, as he is affectionately known to Hubby, is an outside dog, and certainly doesn’t need to be babied, even in the cold weather, due to his unique Husky double coat. He is never cold. In the summer, on the other hand, you may find him wading in the slough several times a day, trying to cool off. We even bought him a little kiddie pool to cool off in but all he did was blow bubbles in it. Let’s just say his beautiful long, gorgeous locks are a challenge to keep clean in the country.
If Buddy could be with us every single minute of every single day, he would. He enjoys being outside. He enjoys snooping around our property. He enjoys chasing wildlife. But he loves people (well, except for when we aren’t home). Buddy just wants to be with people constantly. If he gets your attention, he will get as close to you as possible, even sit on your foot, leaning in with all his might.
Even though Buddy is an outdoor dog, he likes to come into the porch on winter evenings so he can be close to the family. If he had his way, he would be in the house all the time (although he would be way too hot) so he can be with his favorite people. His favorite place (other than with us) is lying in front of the garden door by the kitchen so he can be as close to us as possible. Every day, you will find him there; giving you his puppy dog eye-look, possibly whining or even a short bark to remind us he is out there. He has many looks as he sits facing the window but the cutest one is his patient, “I’ll wait here forever for you.” Buddy’s persistent, yet patient demeanor is constant; He will wait at the door all day if he has to. As I saw him sitting there the other day, it reminded me of the scripture ““Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” Jesus is a gentleman, just like Buddy. He is patiently knocking at the door of our hearts. He patiently waits to commune (converse together, share time together in a relationship) with us. He has given us a free will. He doesn’t push Himself on us... He waits for our invitation to invite Him into our life and our day. Take time to talk with Him today.