Blogathon 2010 – Smokey Dog

And now a word from our Pastor…Scott Christiansen is the Senior Pastor of Westwood Church in Omaha.  He is one of my very favorite people, a great leader and great man of God.  I have known Pastor Scott since I was in high school and he was the youth pastor at Westwood Church.  I asked him to write a guest post and kind of begged him to mention his super cute, super sweet dog, Smokey.  Turns out it’s all about Smokey Dog.  YAY!  Thanks Pastor Scott!

What I Have Learned from Smokey

For almost 8 years now one of my best friends in the world has been an 18 pound miniature schnauzer named Smokey.  Like all friends, we enjoy spending time together.  And like all friends we learn from each other.  From me, I’d like to think, Smokey has learned about the importance of outside bathroom habits, of avoiding being caught in chairs he is forbidden to be on and that the middle of the night isn’t a great time to want to go out.  But I’ve learned far more from him than he from me.  In fact from Smokey I’ve learned:

1.  That it is the little things in life that are the most important. Smokey typically accompanies me every morning when I drive my sons to their schools and he never fails to get excited, I mean REALLY excited about going.  When I get tired of the routine that is a part of everyone’s life I remember that Smokey savors every moment, every action, even the ones we take every single day.

2.  That naps are some of the best things in the world. Smokey is an expert napper and, by my count, sleeps most of his day way – interrupted by fierce moments of affection and play.  Not a bad way to live.

3.  That saying hello is better than saying goodbye. Smokey often only gives me a sad look when I leave the house without him but when I return he jumps up and down – eagerly demanding that I stop what I’m doing and take 5 minutes to say hello.

4.  That sometimes the best thing to do with a friend is just sit together. Smokey never reads when I read.  We don’t talk…much.  Smokey is completely uninterested in television or the newspaper.  But while I’m doing any one or two of the above Smokey likes to sit at my feet or beside me on the couch or even on my lap – just sitting.  Being close is enough for Smokey.

5.  That God loves me. God’s creatures sometimes come with fur and sometimes with skin but we are all gifts to each other.  I believe with all my heart that Smokey is a gift to me from God who knows me well enough to know that I have a space in my heart that only a dog can fill and loves me enough to want to fill that spot with a friend like Smokey.  I know Smokey won’t trot beside me forever but I also know that even when it is his turn to go back to God he won’t really leave because he will live on in my heart.

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2 Responses to “Blogathon 2010 – Smokey Dog”

  1. karen says:

    What a lovely, touching post. I’ve learned so much from my little dog in the year since I adopted him from the shelter… I count my blessings for him every day.

  2. Tamara says:

    Animals really do teach us more than we teach them :) And they’re always patient with us as we learn.

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