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TODAY'S INSPIRATIONAL THEME: Heavenly Pets
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    At the top of the Home Page:
    --Jack, Dakota and CJ
    ---Yuki
    ---Rosie
    -- Sunny, Grace, & Jack

    Midway down the page:
    --Sierra and Sonic
    --Kona
    --Fred

    For Prayer Warriors who scroll down:
    --Hank, Apples and Fred
    --Bear
          And the Last Word goes to the dogs...
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Photo: Stephen Bowman
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Jack and Grace
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Pets, whether with four or two legs; fur,
scales or feathers, might be God's secret
mortal order of angels. For somehow, they
effortlessly teach humans that our hearts
are indeed, capable of loving with utterly
unconditional abandon. We calmly scrub
the carpet, sweep up furry tumbleweeds,
scoop clumps of kitty litter, and wipe up
vomit without complaint. We don't ask them
to treat us "right," go to college, remember
our birthday or take care of us when we get old. All they have to do
for us to love them is to exist. And how we do love them! "And so,"
the Lord asks us, "will you not love your human brothers and sisters
with this same freedom? For that is how I love you..."
Thank you, Lord, for these gentle, magnificent teachers.
--
Lisa Bowman
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Yuki
Dakota
Sunny
It is not a small thing to be loved
by these little souls.  And it keeps
me going, even when the loss seems too much to bear.  Each one has taught me
something.  To sniff the autumn air even at the last, to eat chocolate even if it isn't
good for you, to never be too busy for a hug.  My rescued ones have shown me
that forgiveness is always possible, that it lightens the heart and makes the tail
wag again.  The Scottish poet, Robert Burns, remembered one of his as "the
harried orphan who found tender refuge in our hungry hearts."  Mine have filled
my heart to overflowing, they have blessed my life, and I pray that they will always
find tender refuge with me.  

--- Susan Johnson
Rosie
Sunny, Jack & Grace are loved by Ken, Susan and Katie Johnson
Yuki is loved by Charles and Nan Rae Parker
Rosie is loved by Dave and Lenda Honegger
For Jack, our Forever Friend,
who was so elegant yet brought
such silliness into our home.
God bless you, Buddrick.
Jack, Dakota & CJ are loved by Chuck, Lisa & Stephen Bowman and Auntie Judy
Jack
If your heart were right, then every
creature would be a mirror of life
and a book of holy teaching.
There is no creature so small and
abject but it reflects the goodness
of God.
Thomas a Kempis (1381-1471)
German monk, author of 'Imitation of Christ'
And God said, 'Let the earth bring forth the living
creature after his kind, cattle and creeping thing,
and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

And God made the beast of the earth after his
kind, and everything that creepeth upon the earth
after his kind: and God saw that is was good.

Genesis 1:24-25
Holy Bible, King James Version
                                                           We had been looking for a dog for some time, going                    
                                                            to different animal shelters and wondering where
                                                           our doggie would be.  One day we ambled into the
                                                           Burbank Animal Shelter and my husband Charles said,
                                                           "What about this one?"  I wasn't too impressed with the
                                                           sad pile of dog who barely glanced up at me.  We took
                                                           her to the great doggie run in the back and before my
                                                           eyes a wild woman came forth running and leaping all
                                                           over the place.  Charles was looking to me for 'expertise'             
                                                            as I had previously had a Saint Bernard and this 90 lb.
                                                           tornado looked like a small dog to me. With a leash in
                                                           hand I walked about trying to appear in control all the
                                                           while praying and 'insisting' that I receive a sign about
                                                           this crazy creature on the end of the leash.

When we picked up 'dog' at the vets having been 'fixed' and generally modified, the Dr. said, "This is
really a 'love muffin'."  Can you tell my relief as I whispered.....thank you God.  So, dog came home
with us and was named 'Yuki Ko' by Tomiko, our Japanese friend.  Yuki's creamy white and her name
means snow in Japanese (the Ko is for a female).

What has amazed me, besides never owning a dog with such charisma, is the overriding feeling that
Yuki was created by God. That God does indeed love all His creatures and that His spirit infuses all
of life.  Our maniac has
turned into our great joy
and blessing and brings
smiles to everyone who
encounters her.  On my
part she's taught me to
treasure each moment,
to be fully present at all
times and to always be
on alert for a cookie!

This is what Yuki said in her first Christmas card with us:

"Dreams do come true....as I lay on the cold concrete at the Animal Shelter, I would dream of a warm
bed and food beyond imagining.  Somewhere there had to be love and play and happy doggie times.  
I found it with my new family and asked them to send you this message."

"May you always have lots of Frisbee time and squirrels to chase.
Long romps to lighten the heart and bring joy to all.
May your kibble bowl runneth over and may there be extra treats and surprises.

May you always have adventures and friends to share them with and when you sleep at night may you
be blessed with a soft pillow and lovely, sweet dreams."

--Nan Rae Parker
(Check out her inspirational artwork at
www.nanrae.com --Lisa)
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C.J.
Sierra and Sonic are loved by Suellen Fry
Sonic
From the oyster to the eagle, from the
swine to the tiger, all animals are to be
found in men and each of them exists in
some man, sometimes several at the
time. Animals are nothing but the
portrayal of our virtues and vices made
manifest to our eyes, the visible
reflections of our souls. God displays
them to us to give us food for thought.

Victor Hugo, 'Les Miserables,' 1862
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be
judged by the way its animals are treated.

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
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Sierra
Kona
Kona is loved by Tony and Sheila Ganino
An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language.

Martin Buber (1878-1965)
Jewish philosopher and educator
A dog wags its tail with its heart.

Martin Buxbaum
Fred is loved by Michael and Mindy and Dane Cannon
You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell
you, they will be there long before any of us.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
Scottish author
He is your friend, your partner, your defender,
your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader.
He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last
beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy
of such devotion.

Author unknown
Hank, Apples and Fred are loved by Peter and Suzie Kredenser
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Bonus quote: The best way out is always through.

Robert Frost (1874-1963)
American poet
Apples
Photo by Peter Kredenser
Fred
Photo by Peter Kredenser
Ask of the beasts and they will
teach you the beauty of this earth.

St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)
Patron saint of animals
Hank
Photos by Peter Kredenser
If you have men who will exclude
any of God's creatures from the
shelter of compassion and pity,
you will have men who will deal
likewise with their fellow men.

St. Francis of Assisi
Bear is loved by Rob Bowman
Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or
jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside
on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where
doing nothing was not boring --- it was peace.

Milan Kundera (1929-     )
Franco-Czech writer, author of 'The Unbearable Lightness of Being'
And now, the Last Word:
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Apples
Photo by Peter Kredenser
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For every animal of the forest is mine, beasts by the
thousands on my mountains.

I know every bird of the heavens;
the creatures of the field belong to me.

Offer praise as your sacrifice to God; fulfill your vows
to the Most High.
Psalm 50: 10-11, 14
Bear
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Fred