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It's a good thing God created dogs

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.The Associated Press

Saturday, December 26, 2015 3:00 PM

One of my granddaughters got her wish before Thanksgiving when her mother bought her a dog from the SPCA.

Part Labrador, part hound, he’s sleek, black, lovable and still less than a year old — a puppy.

Ned is a friendly and gentle dog. But he’s going through separation anxiety when no one is at home during the day.

Ned’s anxiety has led to obvious anxieties for his new owners as well. It’s very much the same challenge as having another young child in the house.

When an aunt forwarded a YouTube video (www.youtube ;.com/watch?v=9wWHLdHroyQ) about dogs to us, we passed it on to my daughter and her first-grade dog co-owner as an encouragement.

Here’s the text of the video: So God Made A Dog

And on the ninth day

God looked down on his wide-eyed children and said they need a companion.

So God made a dog

God said, I need somebody to wake up and give kisses, pee on a tree, sleep all day, wake up again, give more kisses and then stay up till midnight basking in the glow of the television set.

So God made a dog.

God said, I need somebody willing to sit, then stay, then roll over then with no ego or complaint dress in hats they do not need and costumes they do not understand. I need somebody who can break wind without a first thought or second thought. Who can chase tails, sniff crotches, fetch sticks and lift spirits with a lick. Somebody no matter what you didn’t do, or couldn’t take, or didn’t win, or couldn’t make will love you without judgment just the same.

So God made a dog.

God said, I need somebody strong enough to pull sleds and find bombs, yet gentle enough to love babies and lead the blind. Somebody who will spend all day on a couch with the resting head and supportive eyes to lift the spirits of a broken heart.

So God made a dog.

It had to be somebody who would remain patient and loyal even through loneliness. Somebody to care, cuddle, snuggle and nuzzle, and cheer and charm and snore and slobber and eat the trash and chase the squirrels. Somebody who would bring a family together with selflessness of an open heart. Somebody who would bark, and then pant and then reply with the rapid wag of tail when their best friend says lets go for a ride in the car.

So God made a dog.

God said I need somebody who would stand at your side when the world around you collapses. Somebody to lie next to you during the long nights of pain and sorrow when it hurts to move, or talk, or think or be. Somebody to stand guard, play games, snore for hours and repeat as needed. Somebody to give you strength when you have none of your own. Somebody to fight when you have no fight left, to hold onto your soul as if it were their favorite toy, playing tug of war to keep you in this world. Somebody to be your companion and guide in this world and the next. Somebody to wait for you on the other side or stand guard in your absence until they can join you for eternity.

So God made a dog.

Kerry Hubartt is editor of The News-Sentinel

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