Sunday, October 30, 2011

Boon's Sunday Sermon #11 - Waiting on The Lord

Sometimes Mom goes where we dogs can't see her.  We don't like when that happens.  We always want to be right where she is.  Whether she is away from home or just in another room, we sit and wait for her to return to where we are.  We know that she loves us, and that she will be back.

Watching and waiting

Sometimes as children of God, you don't feel like you are where God is.  God promises in His Word that He will never forsake or abandon you.  He says "when we seek Him with our whole heart, we will find Him."  God longs to be with His children, but there are times that situations arise that leave you feeling helpless, hopeless, and alone - a prayer has gone unanswered or the miracle has yet to occur - but God is always near.


Sometimes His answer is to simply wait.  Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him.  Psalm 37:7


Isaiah 40:31 says, "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."


Wherever you are right now, God is near.  


Be patient.  Wait.  He will deliver you.


It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.  Lamentation 3:26


Have a blessed week, friends!


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Saturday, October 29, 2011

What's cuter than puppies? ME!!!

Well, after just three weeks, Mom has abandoned her dream of becoming a professional photographer.  (She says it's pretty sad when you can't give it away!)  That's fine with us.  We get more Mommy time.  What we do not like is that she is regularly taking pictures for the animal shelter where we volunteer.  I do not like at all that she plays with all those cute, little puppies and more than that - she acts like she really enjoys it.

I have to admit some of those pups are just too adorable, but I still prefer being Mom's main photography subject.  I am after all the best model ever.

Tux

Tux - Mom says he'd have come home with us if she'd not set the limit for our home as NO MORE critters.  Thank goodness,  mom observes some boundaries!!!

Blitz and Coach

We weren't sure what Blitz told Coach, but it must've been really funny stuff!

Mom was mesmerized by Blitz's hazel eyes.


Me - World's Best Dog Model (kids added for dramatic effect)

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

HOME!!!

I'm home!!  Sweet home!!  Sweet home!!!

Mom says I was gone for HOURS, but I don't believe her.  (Of course, I did sleep for most of the time.)

So now I'm home and cuddled up next to mommy - right where I'm suppose to be!

I have a pretty blue sock that I have to wear.  Mom says it won't last long though.  Know idea what she means by that!!  Humph!

They sent the growth on my paw off to be tested.  We won't know anything for a week.  I'm glad I have no concept of time because mom says that's too long to have to wonder.

So I'm going to nap now.

Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers.  You guys are the best!!



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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Small Surgery - Prayers Appreciated

I have a small growth on my paw.  Mom's watched it for a few weeks and took me to the vet earlier this week to see what was going on.  We aren't sure what it is right now, but I go to the pawtor early Thursday morning to have it removed.  Please say a prayer for me.  I's a little nervous and even though mom is trying to stay strong for me, I know she's a wreck.  Thanks, furiends!  I wuf vu all!!














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Wordless Wednesday - Who's Leading Who?





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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Boon's Sunday Sermon #10 - Coming into His Presence

I'm sure for the common observer it would be quite comedic to watch my daily activities around the house. I get up and am followed to the bathroom by my dogs, Ohno and Boondocks, and my cat, Serendipity. I head to the kitchen to fix breakfast only to look down and see my beloved pets at my feet. I go sit down in my chair, and lo and behold, Serendipity has jumped on the back of the chair, Ohno in my lap, and Boondocks beside me or at my feet. They want to be close to me. Each step I take, I can count on one or all of them to be nearby. Ohno can honestly be classified as a "momma's boy". He is my shadow, and when I am out of his sight, he grieves.

My pets know that I have their best interest at heart. They know that I love and adore them. They know that I will take care of them, provide for them, and protect them. Because they have received my love for them, they have a desire to be where I am.



We are told in Psalms that in our Father God's presence is "fullness of joy". We are promised that "he who dwells in His presence, shall rest in His shadow".

Do you know that right now wherever you are God has your best interest at heart. He loves and adores you? Do you know that He will take care of you, provide for you, and protect you? If you have received His love, shouldn't you desire to be where He is?

Too often we allow ourselves to be distracted by things of this world. Kids are calling. Jobs are demanding. Who's playing football?  Facebook pulls. American Idol pulls. In all of our busy-ness we too often forget to be quiet and sit to dwell in the presence of our Most High King. At the times when we need God most, we often push Him away for something meaningless. It leaves a void in our lives, and our spirits ache and grieve.

God gives us every opportunity to be near Him. He is overjoyed when we take the time to climb up in His lap and share our life with Him. And when we do, we are given that fullness of joy for which our hearts long.



Come near to God and he will come near to you.  James 4:8

Serendipity






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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Six Months - Introducing Boondocks

From the Mom -

I can't believe that this crazy, wonderful dog has lived in our home for six months already.  It seems like just yesterday that we brought him home, and yet it feels like he's always been here too.

Since the opinions on this blog are usually expressed by Boondocks, I fear you might not have gotten to know HIM well.  I wanted to take a few minutes to introduce you to the overgrown puppy that Boondocks is.

Here goes -

Boondocks was a big puppy when we got him.  At nine weeks old, he weighed twelve pounds.  Twelve pounds of cuteness that because of his large size, I often forgot his young age.  Yet to think that at eight months, he has grown to seventy pounds and still has some growing to do, we might have a small horse on our hands by the time all is said and done.  We affectionately refer to him as "Moose" often.

Boondocks is somewhat of a scaredy-cat.  If something startles him, he has been known to crawl into my lap or hide behind me.  It is really funny considering that he - the youngest of our dogs - is the biggest.

Boondocks does not have an aggressive bone in his body.  He instead is rather passive.  When a ball is thrown or a toy is dropped, he'd rather hang out at my feet than to wrestle his way into the pack to win the coveted prize.

Boondocks is extremely demanding.  When he wants my attention, there is no convincing him to wait for even two minutes.  Patience is not a virtue he possesses.  He has been known to paw at my laptop until it is closed, unplug the mouse from the computer with his teeth, or take whatever else is keeping my attention from being solely focused on him from my hands and taking off with it.  It is not as if though he is often without my attention - for he is always resting nearby.  He begs for my undivided attention.  And so it is given to him.

Boondocks is unaware of his enormous size.  I wrote a while back that I thought Boondocks suffered from Morkie complex... (remember our smallest pack members Ohno and Joy only weigh four and five pounds).  I'm not sure if he thinks he is their size or knows full well that he's as big as  he actually is, but when he wants something, he will get in my lap or in my face to let me know.  He often places both front legs squarely on each of my shoulders and looks me in the eyes.

Boondocks is completely GOOFY.  You've seen pictures of him resting in the Morkies bed and know he has often removed them from the bed before crawling into it.  What you haven't seen - because I have yet to capture the moment with my camera - is when he rolls onto his back, kicks a leg or wags his tail and then growls at it and 'chases' to catch the intruder.  What joy it brings him when he does indeed catch it!

I understand that the point might be missed that I was to never again have a Golden after losing my Rhett in 2008, because we do have a house full of them.  While our whole family enjoys each of our pets, each pet is also assigned to a person - Scarlet, was a gift for my husband, Cosmo a gift for our son,  Rose Bud purchased by my daughter, and of course, Kudzu came after Boondocks - but I was not to have another big dog after Rhett died.  Rhett suffered from hip dysplasia.  Medicines never worked.  Surgery wasn't an option.      In the end, the right thing to do was to have him put to sleep.  I vowed I would never become attached to a dog that was at risk of developing that disease again.  Tommy and the kids could have their dogs and I'd love them, but they would never be mine.  Ohno brought me great comfort and I enjoy him so much.  (He's resting comfortably in my lap now.)  But the time finally came when I wanted another big dog of my very own, and Boondocks was the Golden Miracle that landed in my arms and heart

Over the past six months, Boondocks has brought me so much joy and happiness.  Even in his most demanding state, I cannot look him in the eyes without smiling.  Right now as I am typing from my perch, he is at my side.  His love for me cannot be misunderstood.  God has sent me a friend neatly packaged in the shape of a beautiful golden retriever.  I am so thankful for Boondocks and look forward to spending the next fifteen years enjoying his antics.

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October - paws place against my chest as I previously described


I started this blog the day after Boondocks came home.  I had NO IDEA that "dog bloggers" existed.  Boy, have I been surprised.  I'm not sure there is a better community of folks anywhere on the world wide web.  In six months - we have posted over a hundred entries, gained over 125 followers, gained over 300 fans on Facebook and Twitter, and had more than 11,000 page views.  That honestly blows my mind!  We appreciate each of you and consider you friends.  Thanks for following our journey.  We love you all!


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Friday, October 21, 2011

The Buddy Files

Everyone loves a good mystery, and when that mystery includes a Golden Retriever named Buddy as the lead detective you are bound to be led on a grand adventure.

We recently won The Buddy Files book series in a giveaway from All Things Dog Blog.  The mom was very excited to win this series since we homeschool our human children (ages 5-13) and are actively involved in therapy dog reading programs at schools and libraries.



Our nine year old human has been kind of a late reader.  Due to a speech impediment, learning phonics was difficult for Isaac in the early years of his education.  Isaac being our number one Golden Retriever lover (behind mom and dad, of course), he was the most excited about receiving this set.  Not one to sit and read chapter books with more than a hundred pages, we all wondered how he'd fare....

Isaac sat and read the first book in the series: The Case of the Lost Boy in a matter of hours!!!  As soon as he finished it, he moved on to the second book, and his big sister started the first one.  Jaden doesn't mind reading them out of order, so he started with the third book.  Each of the children are enjoying them on a different level.  And one thing mom loves?  There are coloring pages and a teaching guide available through the publishers site.  Does it get any better?


One tradition in our home is to read together before bedtime.  Even though the three oldest children have already started the books, they have been eager to read them as a family each night too.

We look forward to continuing to grow this series in our families library.  What a great way to draw children into reading and what better subject for a dog loving family to enjoy reading together!

Thanks, All Things Dog Blog for hosting this giveaway!


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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Just not song-less

Turn your speakers up:





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P.S.  Mom asked that we thank everyone on her behalf for the well wishes and she begins trying to take her photography from a hobby to a career.  You all made her feel so loved.  Thank you!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Busier than a cat covering poo

We have missed so many of your great blog posts the past couple of weeks.  Mom has been busier than a cat hiding its poo.  It's true...  she's even left yours truly three consecutive days for HOURS at one time.  (We never go hours without the mom!!)  We were sure to leave extra surprises through the house to show her our contempt  for being abandoned!  (She thought those silly play gates would confine us to one place.  HA!!)

After multiple requests for the mom to do pictures for people, she began thinking about turning her hobby into a career.  And so unSIVILizedPhotography has been born.  It kept her busy a couple of days and then she worked an adoption event for our animal shelter (www.barl.net) Saturday.  They had FIVE dogs adopted out - that's out of fourteen that were taken.  A third of the pups that went finding furr-ever homes ain't bad for a few hours of volunteering.  Of course, she could have let us go with her - we would make good spokesdogs for the ones in need of a home!

Here are a few of the mom's pics from last week:










 We do think it is cool that mom is placing an emphasis on family photography that includes pets.  If we can get some extra toys and treats out of the deal, it might not be so bad after all.  We'll have to wait and see.

If you'd like to view some of mom's other pictures and support this new endeavor, be sure to follow her new Facebook page:  unSIVILizedPhotography.

And now we're off to check out all the groovy happenings around blogville that we've missed out on!!

Love you all!!


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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Boon's Sunday Sermon #9 - Blessings

We were excited to be part of a blessing of the animals service at a church in a neighboring community a few weeks ago.  Today, we are going to keep our "sermon" short and sweet and extend a blessing to each of you:


“The LORD bless you 
   and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you    
and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward 
you and give you peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26 NIV

Pets from the animal shelter.  Don't you love the little one blessing the bigger one with its paw on its head and eyes closed in prayer?

Dacey said that we had to take Rose Bud and pray the blessing calmed her down some.  

Kudzu is blessed.

We wish you all a fabulous week!


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Friday, October 14, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Bragging Rights










(And I would like to take two seconds to brag on the pack here.  Yes, I really put five dogs in the middle of the woods in a down-stay, and they all cooperated!!!  Shocking!!  They are a great pack though.  Wouldn't trade 'em for nothing!  ~The Mom)


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