This is Oceana. A 2 1/2 year old lab mix. One of our two dogs. She is quite lovable and has the “total cuteness” factor. We live on approximately two acres, most of which is wide open. We also have an underground dog fence to keep them in an area just over a half acre unless we remove their collars and take them to the back acre. All that to say our dogs are well provided for with lots of free space. In addition they get lots of walks and car rides. Yes, they re spoiled!
On Monday this week Oceana woke me up at 4:20 A.M. due to natures call. My alarm was set for 4:30 so it was just a little earlier than planned. Anyway, in the morning it is rare to put the shock collar on either dog. Oceana’s routine is to spend roughly 20 minutes outside, (inspecting her domain), then back in for a treat, get some pets, and back to bed after I leave for work.
This day she did not come back to the door as expected. With that I put on snow boots and searched the yard for her. Fresh tracks in the snow showed she left the property where the chain link fence ends and was in the neighboring retirement village.
After frantically following the tracks in the snow, (dogs do not walk straight paths by any means), they stopped on pavement. I was not able to find where she headed after that. So at 5:15 A.M. I woke my wife and told her Oceana was missing and I had to go to work.
My poor wife got up and began the search herself. Unable to find her on foot, she drove the neighborhood in hopes of locating the AWOL pooch. Roughly 6 o’clock my wife returns home and as she is pulling in the driveway the dog comes running over crossing the neighbors yard.
We were both relieved the dog came home safe. After her long stroll Oceana slept till nearly 11:00 being quite worn out. She has had her collar on every time she goes out since.
We put boundaries in place for our pets for their protection. In the same way God puts boundaries in our life, that is those of us who choose to believe in Him, to protect us from harm. Within those boundaries is everything we could possibly need plus extra. Yet for some reason or other we decide to leave the safe zone sometimes and go off on our own.
When we do return to God we are accepted back. When we sin we don’t lose God’s love but we do break trust. When that happens we need reminders of where the true limitations are.
Who says a young dog can’t teach an old guy a new lesson?
Rev. Burt Schwab