I thought focusing on this verse this week would be appropriate since we are celebrating our dog Happy's third birthday. I think it's interesting how one's attitude and actions toward animals is indicative of his actions towards people -- but this proverb turns it around from the way I usually think of it. You often hear of young boys who torture animals who grow up to be violent or abusive men. The cruelty they show to animals even from a young age extends into their attitudes and actions toward people later in life. But the reverse can be seen, too. Think of someone you know who has a soft heart toward animals -- my mom and grandma have always shown extreme kindness toward animals of all types (think: ordering extra food at McDonald's to feed the sea gulls that live in a nearby parking lot; or stopping on the side of a busy road to try to capture a wounded groundhog so you can take him to the vet). And this kindness to animals also reveals their hearts towards people. It's often in the details of one's life that we can get the bigger picture of who that person really is. And I think it's a good reminder for me to pay attention to how I handle the small and mundane things of life -- because that will likely be how I handle the big and pivotal moments, as well.
|Our little family.|
|Happy Gilmore - Almost 3 Years Old|
|Happy loves walks to the lake -- or anywhere, really|
|Happy being silly with his best human bud, our nephew Trey.|
|My dog is cooler than your dog ;)|
|Happy gets lots of love from his Dinh|
|Silly, yet frightening! And eerily similar faces.|
|Yawns are contagious.|
|Happy and I contemplating life's big questions|
|Happy looking wistfully out the window wishing he could have a friend over to play.|
Last year for Happy's birthday we took him to The Corner Bar in Rockford where they have a hot dog to-go window. We found out on our first camping trip with him how much he LOVES hot dogs, so we thought it would be a great birthday treat. Except, I'm pretty sure he swallowed the whole thing without really even chewing it. This year, we may spread the joy a little longer and break it up into pieces for him!
|Happy's 2nd Birthday - Hot Dog treat!|
|This was a birthday photo for our nephew, Gary! Happy is great at birthday photos. Next up, his own!|
Hi there! My name is Dana and I live in West Michigan with my husband, Tom and our dog Happy Gilmore. I created this space as a place to share the things I learn along this journey I call life. I work in marketing and I'm a sort of Jane of All Trades, interested in all things nature, gardening, cooking, exploring and learning new things. This blog is a conglomeration of my interests, hobbies, life and life lessons. Thanks for stopping by!