Thursday, September 6, 2007

Of Dogs and Kids and Obedience

Every dog has
A unique personality.
We now have two
And they are as different as can be.

Our chocolate lab is the older of the two
And she has a personality like a cat.
She can be aloof and jealous
Or demanding on her own terms.

Our Aussie puppy on the other hand
Is a people loving dog.
He wants to be with you constantly.
He needs lots of reassurance.

It's amazing how much
Dogs can be like children.
Perhaps that is why so many people
Treat them like babies.

I know some folks who treat their dogs
Better than they treat their kids.
Maybe it's because the dogs
Never talk back.

Dogs need a firm but loving hand.
They need to know they will be cared for.
They need to know where the boundaries are.
They need to know disobedience brings penalties.

Children need a firm but loving hand.
They need to know they will be cared for.
They need to know where the boundaries are.
They need to know disobedience brings penalties.

It seems that anymore,
Folks are not inclined
To teach their children these basic principles
But will send their dogs to obedience school to learn them.

Then when the dogs come back home
They spoil them until the dog establishes dominance.
They expect the schools to teach kids obedience
But allow them to dominate their home.

Is it our Socialist-steeped educational agenda that has caused this?
Or is it the societal inculcation of moral relativism?
Is it perhaps the capitalist focus of me and mine?
Or could it be a failure of personal responsibility?

I think it is a failure to recognize God as Creator, Sustainer, Counselor and Father. We are to model after Him.

6 comments:

ptg said...

You nailed it again.

WomanHonorThyself said...

aw makes me miss my doggie.....sigh

Pat Jenkins said...

absolutely brilliant pan!!!!

sandykessler said...

amen

Plowing and Sowing said...

In teaching SS when our kids were younger, I developed a series of lessons on raising kids. Being raised on the farm, many times I would say that raising kids can be like training a dog or horse. You would not believe the looks and comments I would get. Your last line says it all.

Janie said...

Are you talking about my dog?
Just teasing...

Thanks for your words. Timely.

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