And They Call It … Puppy Love

0 comments Posted on January 29, 2020

by Annette O’Hare

Author Charles Shultz of Peanuts fame once said, “Happiness is a warm puppy.” I agree. After all, one can’t argue with the man who created Snoopy. Whether he has the long thick fur of a Samoyed, or the nearly bald Xoloitzcuintle, aka Mexican hairless, dogs have long been known for their loyalty to mankind. According to nationalgeographic.com, dogs have accompanied humans for more than 10,000 years, and all domestic dogs, no matter the breed, are members of the same species—Canis lupus familiaris.

When I began research for my upcoming book series, Max Tales Mysteries, I discussed my findings with a very knowledgeable woman I knew from church who calls herself ‘Bird Brain,’ of all things. Birdy informed me that the name Caleb means dog and Caleb in the Bible had many character traits of our beloved dogs. Caleb was one of the twelve spies sent by Moses into the land of Canaan. Most know what happened when the spies returned, but if not, the words in this children’s song tells the story.

Twelve men went to spy on Canaan,
Ten were bad and two were good.
What did they see when they spied on Canaan?
Ten were bad and two were good.
Some saw the giants strong and tall
Some saw grapes in clusters fall
Some saw that God was in it all
‘Cause ten were bad and two were good.

Caleb, the man with the “dog-like” qualities was one of the two good ones! Numbers 14:24 in the King James Bible says, “But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.”

Like the animal he was named for, Caleb was loyal, and God rewarded him by allowing him and his descendants into the Promised Land, a land flowing with milk and honey—and apparently grapes too!

The Creator bestowed so many wonderful qualities on dogs, it’s probably why we consider them man’s best friend. So, the next time someone says, you’re “in the doghouse,” or something has “gone to the dogs,” or maybe you look “tired as a dog,” instead of getting upset, you can take it as a compliment.

Annette O’Hare, author of inspirational historical romance and children’s mysteries, reveals God’s love to her readers while giving them a laugh or two. Annette is president of American Christian Fiction Writers, Woodlands, TX Chapter, and a member of Christian Authors Network.
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