After the Fall, when all the other animals feared us (and occasionally ate us!), God left us one friend in the animal kingdom – dogs. One species that still joyfully came when we called, and happily followed us around.
Have you ever noted the fact that dogs have one peculiar trait, unique to their species – they’re happier to see a person than they are to see another dog! You know how they’ll stand still sometimes, head cocked to the side perhaps, looking up at you quizically, wondering, “Is everything okay? Are you mad at me? Do you still like me?” – But all you have to do is smile and say a kind word, and you can see their whole body relax as they happily wag their tail, just delighted that you like them. (I wish some people were that emotionally moved by my greeting them nicely.)
So, whenever you have the chance, show your appreciation for God’s merciful gift to us of animal friendship, and be nice to a dog. They like us – they depend on us – They trust us, and it’s an especially horrible sin when we betray that trust by treating them cruelly.
Dogs – they’re our friends.