I’ve come to the disturbing realization that when the Humane Society told us last Christmas that our “dog” Bailey was “part chow, part collie, and part something else” the “something else” was beaver.
I didn’t know dogs could be bred with beavers, but evidently that is what happened with Bailey, as Saturday night she managed to chew down an entire TREE in our backyard. She’s done this before with little stick trees that we were trying to coax to life, but we’ve never seen her fell a more established specimen. I can only imagine that the beaver in her was preparing to build a dam in the unlikely even that our backyard floods.
Speaking of floods, today the sermon was on Genesis 8, the passage that covers how God caused the earth to dry out and Noah and company finally got out of the ark. One of the sub-points that stuck out to me was Noah’s tenderness for the animals as seen in verse 9. But the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, so she returned to him [Noah] into the ark, for the water was on the surface of all the earth. Then he [Noah] put out his hand and took her and brought her into the ark. James Faris, who was preaching, made the point that it would probably have been easier at that point for Noah to make the dove perch on top of the ark rather than bringing her in, since by then Noah and his family were probably sick of being cooped up with all of those animals. Instead, Noah reached out his own hand and brought the dove into the ark. The point was that Christians should care for God’s creation too.
My application would be not to get so upset at the dog when she eats my trees and green pepper plants, sheds copiously right after I sweep the floor, or barfs on the tile in front of the fireplace (at least it was on the tile and not the carpet!). After all, she is a basically good dog, very loyal, rarely barks, and doesn’t know she’s being a pest with her animal behaviors. She is just being a dog. Or a dog-beaver, as the case may be.
Dog-beaver is a compound word I’ll have to file away for the next time I play Speed Scrabble.