Ponderings with Doug – November 15, 2019

Cut-Up is the puppy next door to the Gibsland camp. He is six-months old.

He is a cute guy with tons of personality. Cut-Up and I like each other.  He has worn a spot in his yard by the back fence. He sits and waits for me to come outside and pet him. I greet him at the same spot, and we have a ritual. We discuss the weather. The pecan tree that sheds limbs. I might have a treat in my hand which I sneak to him. I have tried throwing pecan tree limbs for him. He knows chase, he doesn’t know fetch, yet.

The fence around Cut-Up’s yard only covers the back part of the yard. Since he can roam, he roams over to our house. At night he turns on the motion sensor lights to notify me he is on the back porch. Of course, I must go see him when I’m in Gibsland. He may or may not get a dog treat from me. He may or may not get a bit of dry food. He always gets lots of petting.

The other day, he and I were on the back porch doing guy and dog things.

Cut-Up decided that when I went inside, he needed to come in with me. It was cute. He is a good dog and I can tell him to go outside and he does so. I have started telling him, “Cut-Up go home now.” I can hear his “real” owner calling him from her back door.
“Cut-Up go home. Cut-Up you are going to get us in trouble.” Yesterday, I walked him back home. He acknowledged his owner and then came running around the corner to the patio where I was working. We filled the bird feeder together before he went home, finally.

He is a mess. He is all puppy.

My bride will see him in the field next door to the house, looking at the house. “Doug, your dog is waiting for you to come out and play.”

Cut-Up is a great dog. He’s energetic. Have I mentioned I really like Cut-Up? The greatest part about Cut-Up is he is not my dog. He’s like a grand-dog.

I am careful around him. He can get overly rambunctious when he’s playing. You can feel this dog is going to be all muscle one day. We play, but we have limits.

One day Cut-Up will be full grown, and he will live next door to me. I want Cut-Up to know that I’m a nice person, but that I will tell him it is time to go home when it is time to go home. I enjoy playing with him, but some of the play is about designing my preferred future with my next-door neighbor dog.

Jesus told a story once about a dishonest and shrewd manager, at the end of the story He said, “The rich man had to admire the dishonest rascal for being so shrewd. And it is true that the children of this world are more shrewd in dealing with the world around them than are the children of the light. Here’s the lesson: Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home.” (Luke 16: 8-9)

Jesus also said, “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10: 16)

It means, make friends with the puppy next door because one day he will be a full-grown Pit-Bull!