Animals, Genesis 15:10

This story is about Brutus, a military K9 at McChord.
He’s huge – part Boxer and part British Bull Mastiff and tops the scales at 200 lbs.  Brutus runs toward me when he knows I have some Milk Bone treats, so he slobbers away!  I have to duck around a tree just before he gets to me in case he can’t stop, but he always does. 
Brutus won the Congressional Medal of Honor last year from his tour in Iraq. His handler and four other soldiers were taken hostage by insurgents.  Brutus and his handler communicate by sign language and he gave Brutus the signal that meant ‘go away but come back and find me.’  The Iraqis paid no attention to Brutus.  He came back later and quietly tore the throat out of one guard at one door and another guard at another door.  He then jumped against one of the doors repeatedly (the guys were being held in an old warehouse) until it opened.  He went in and untied his handler and they all escaped. He’s the first K9 to receive this medal. If he knows you’re ok, he’s a big old lug and wants to sit in your lap and he enjoys the company of cats.
K-9 Congressional Medal of Honor Winner….imagine!
Remember the animals that God has put under our domain, can’t do a lot of things for themselves and that they depend on you to make their life a quality life!!!  It is very frustrating when I hear about animal abuse!  These creatures are part of what makes our life on this planet tolerable until we are called home to be with our Lord!  When you look after the least of these ………Matthew 25:45 
1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years.  Any separation from you is likely to be painful.
2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
3. Place your trust in me.  It is crucial for my well-being.
4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work,
      your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.
5. Talk to me.  Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice
      when speaking to me.
6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.
7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet,
      I choose not to bite you.
8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be
      bothering  me.  Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long,
      or my heart might be getting old or weak.
9. Please take care of me when I grow old.  You too, will grow old.
10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please.  Never say you can’t bear to watch.
       Don’t make me face this alone.  Everything is easier for me if you are there, because
       I love you so.
Last week I had the opportunity to go to a free range zoo of rescued animals and it struck me that donkeys have a marking on their back in the form of a cross.  Mules, horses, don’t, but donkeys do…..mmmmm, who orchestrated that do you think?
Sharon, Genesis 2:19

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