Our Best Friends

It’s amaz­ing the amount of con­ver­sa­tions peo­ple have about their dogs, or prob­a­bly more cor­rect, with our dogs. It’s real­ly no sur­prise, as our fam­i­ly pets do become a intri­cate part of each of our fam­i­lies. We each talk to our pets as if they can total­ly under­stand every word we are say­ing, and they some­times real­ly try to talk to us. I know our dog Angel, at times will have this con­ver­sa­tion with us, by hav­ing an audi­ble growl-talk­ing dog voice, as if she real­ly is say­ing some­thing. I have to turn to my wife and ask if she speaks “dog” because I did­n’t under­stand a word she just said. Our Angel greets us every­day with an joy­ful whole body wig­gle that tells us with­out a shad­ow of doubt the she is glad to see us. Many of us claim to have the best dog in the whole world, myself includ­ed, and each of us could give a hun­dred rea­sons why our dog should win in that cat­e­go­ry for the sim­ple rea­son, we love our dogs. Now you cat peo­ple out there, don’t get me wrong, cats are okay, but I have nev­er seen a cat wig­gle with excite­ment to see me. So today, I want to share with you a lit­tle about Angel. She is a Boxer/Pit mix and real­ly does have to be the very best dog I have ever known.


My wife Tami and I res­cued her from the SPCA when she was about two years old. The pho­to on the left was her first day home with us.

It is a dog’s life for Angel, and she is spoiled rot­ten, but again, she’s worth spoiling.

She is a hug­ger and loves to touch! Have you ever owned a dog that knows how to hug? She will bury her head into you and just push against you as if she is hug­ging you with out arms around you. If she is lay­ing next to you, she will stretch her paw out as far as it will go just to sleep touch­ing you. She loves so BIG!

She loves to please! She is my go to sub­ject when I need to test light­ing tech­niques. Oh.…. she some­times hates to come into my stu­dio, because she knows she has to per­form again. But she takes it like a trouper, and gets all excit­ed that she has done some­thing that you want­ed. She’s not a fan of Christ­mas! Hum­m­mm, I can’t fig­ure out why. Isn’t that sad! It kin­da reminds me of the lit­tle dog in “The Grinch That Stole Christmas”


She real­ly is quite enter­tain­ing and such a good sport. It is real­ly sad that our dogs can’t live as long as us, but they bring us joy and a com­pan­ion­ship for a sea­son in our own life that will nev­er be for­got­ten. I also believe they are in our lives as a teacher. They teach us about uncon­di­tion­al love and how to com­mu­ni­cate that love to us with nev­er say­ing a sin­gle word. They always want to be near us, to love and be loved in return. Hum­m­mm.…. Kin­da reminds me of God’s love for us. Food for though!

This Blog is ded­i­cat­ed to my ani­mal lov­ing friend Sandy, who has had to say good­bye to three of her four legged friends in about the same num­ber of years. Here is a link to her blog about her recent loss. A Kiss Good-Bye  Love ya Sandy! Sor­ry for your loss. Thanks for pray­ing so hard when our “Angel” ran away look­ing for us.…. twice!


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1 Response to Our Best Friends

  1. Sandy says:

    Thank you, Dave! I need­ed that. It com­forts me that Angel is still young and in her prime. She is such a beau­ti­ful mem­ber of your fam­i­ly — and she too has a spe­cial place in my heart as often as I have prayed so deeply for her. In fact, it has been Angel who has taught me the truth about how to inter­cede effec­tive­ly when pray­ing for any­thing: You have to love and iden­ti­fy with your sub­ject like I do ani­mals… THEN… they will find their way safe­ly home when you pray 🙂 Thank you for caring!!!

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