The last week in September is National Dog Week, a time set aside celebrate canines and the contribution that they make to our lives in so many different ways, not just as pets.
Fellow Examiner, Penny Eims, Dog News Examiner, has written an article recognizing National Dog Week with a link to a National Dog Week Blog which provides more detailed information regarding the history of weeklong celebration and those who have kept the tradition alive for 83 years.
Lisa Begin Kruysman, Newark Pets Examiner, is working on a non-fiction book, Every Dog has its Week, which chronicles the evolution of the National Dog Week Movement launched in 1928 by Captain William Lewis Judy.
Local Dog Views
Maureen McCabe posted an announcement of “National ‘man’s best friend’ Week” on columbusbestblog.
Columbus Alive lists Pet Events occurring in the Central Ohio area on its website.
Columbus, Ohio Dog-Friendly City Guide lists places that welcome ALL well-behaved dogs, regardless of size
The following message from Roger Antolik at Reaching Superior Achievements seems a perfect closing commentary to the celebration of National Dog Week:
A Dog’s Life
If you ever loved a dog I’m sure you can relate. As a kid our neighbors had a friendly German Shepherd. Every day I was greeted with a wagging tail and we had many happy hours playing together. It’s amazing how soothing it is to just pet a dog. On those few occasions when I got in trouble at home I always had this canine to talk to. The best part was he didn’t interrupt or judge me, just kept listening and wagging the tail. There was love given freely both ways without conditions.
Looking back I realize we can all learn the following from a dog:
- Be happy when greeting someone.
- Love unconditionally.
- Receive love unconditionally.
- Listen intently without judgment.
May you follow the example of our 4-legged friends in your interactions with the 2-legged people in your life.
Man’s Best Friend
We are all familiar with the adage that describes the dog as “Man’s best friend.” As Christian Spirituality Examiner, I acknowledge that to a degree the statement is true to some people, but man’s true best friend is “dog” spelled backwards with a capital G: “God.” Indeed, there is a friend who loves at all times and who sticks closer than a brother, one who is “friend to the friendless.” This beloved friend is none other than God Almighty, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, giver of life to all living things: “All creatures of our God and King,” including dogs and everything that has breath.
Like Abraham, believers long to know God as a friend and, in turn, to be called “a friend of God.”This friend is worth celebrating during National Dog Week and every week of the year.
Enjoy the encouraging words from Phillips, Craig and Dean, who proclaim, “I am a friend of God” in the accompanying video.