David Kitz had a charming story about his dog, “Champ,” this morning. It brought to mind all the many dogs we’ve had as pets over the years. Four years ago we said goodbye to our twelve year old Llewellin Setter, Gage. He was a different kind of dog. His breed alone wasn’t well known even to our vet. He soon became a puppy school dropout because of his obstinate behavior. He was a challenge in so many ways. His exuberance and ADHD (A darned hyper dog) syndrome, caused a torn rotator cuff for my husband, lots of accidents to clean up after and sometimes a total frustration. He was the first dog we ever had that took so long to get used to us. I know we’re a different breed at my house, but we’ve always managed to relate well to dogs. It took Gage almost seven years to like us.

We didn’t stop loving him, however. Even the day we returned from Easter Sunday church to discover that he’d eaten a whole bag of jellybeans including the bag. The remnants of this escapade wound up on our carpeting in technicolor. He was notorious for grabbing food from the kitchen counter before it had been cooked. Things like cookie dough, thawing chicken breasts, a pound of hamburger and other assorted goodies. Most dogs like doggie biscuits or treats, but Gage preferred a roll of paper towels or some toilet paper. We figured he must have a fiber deficiency.

He was a frisky dog too. Always on the move and ready for action. When we moved from what was our home of 24 years, he seemed to enjoy his new digs, even though he didn’t hesitate to pick a fight with one of the neighborhood feral cats. No damage was done, but an insatiable desire for cat fur was instilled into his brain. He slowed down quite a bit in our new surroundings. Maybe it was because he was then nine years old and naturally was aging along with us.

It’s amazing how much our pets become an integral part of our lives. They nuzzle their way in as puppies and chart new territory with you, always at your side or sitting by your feet or on your lap – often sleeping in bed beside you or walking you to the bathroom and staying there until you’re done. When they come to the end of their lives, we find it difficult to say goodbye almost as much as sending off a member of the family. Unlike family members, they have something that humans don’t possess. It’s called unconditional love – a love that isn’t always deserved – a love that lasts until the end of their lives.

We’ve not had a new dog since Gage and probably won’t now that we’re winding down the later years of our own lives, but if you ever have the opportunity to share your life with a dog, I would highly recommend it. I know there will be many, many dogs waiting for us at the gates to heaven when we arrive.


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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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6 Responses to MISSING MY DOG

  1. I love this post! Gage sounded like he was a soulmate to “Marley.” If you have never watched the movie Marley, I would highly suggest you do. you would see the resemblance ❤️

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  2. Lifetime Chicago says:

    Beautiful story and you inspire me. In my adult years, I have had cats. My son who was little talked me into one. We have had Chloe, Joe both living 17 years of age and now Robin. She is the best.

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  3. Rebecca says:

    A beautiful post that made me smile! There’s nothing like the love and devotion of a good dog.

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  4. Kathy, I can feel the love you and Paul experienced with Gage. While I have never been around a dog long-term, my time with those of family members has been a blessing. There are indeed lessons to learn from man’s best friend.

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