In order to share a little bit about our family to those of you that are getting to know us, we are a German Shepherd family. If you have ever been brave enough to exit your vehicle in our driveway, you are one of the few! If you haven't been to visit us yet, I feel that it is my responsibility to give you this information, lol. If you call ahead, we will make sure you are free to get out of your vehicle. Otherwise, they may keep you detained until we can rescue you.
The female pictured here is the daughter of our treasured "Daddy" who sadly enough, passed away this year after many years of faithful companionship to our family. Currently, we have five Shepherds. Yes, five. This is not a typo! We began with one and that quickly changed. Shepherds are incredible dogs and I could talk for hours on how wonderful they are and that everyone needs one, but I won't, and actually not everyone needs one because they are only good for certain people. Everyone has a breed of dog that suits them better, shepherds just happen to be ours.
Like most dogs, shepherds have a knack of knowing you better than you know yourself and they have an incredible working knowledge. Each has their own personality, for instance, our youngest is a quiet, watchful, dainty and a very cuddly shepherd that is extremely protective....too much so sometimes. The female pictured above is more playful and headstrong, and might knock over everything in the house to get into your lap. Another grown female is so extremely toy crazy that you have to make her lay still long enough to catch her breath so she doesn't pass out and then hide the toy, usually a KONG, and one more is a retired police dog that is extremely dainty and fierce all at once. Our male, is the most fun I think, he will lay as still as a mouse while he bats his eyelashes at you, pulling you into his trap and then when you lean down to pet him, he'll spring up and lick your face. It's his little game, problem is, he's not so little, weighing in over 100 pounds with a head as big as a yearling calf. He comes from a long line of West German Showline State Trooper stock.
Life here is never boring, sometimes we wonder why we do what we do, but then one of them will come and gaze into our eyes.....and we know. I have heard it said that some do not believe that animals have souls, they are the ones that have never looked into the eyes of a German Shepherd. And before I get all kinds of responses regarding animals having souls, lol, I know the scriptures very well and they speak clearly about animals in Heaven.
Scriptures state that the lion will lay down with the lamb and Romans 8:18-22 says that "all creation" suffers because of human sin and longs for deliverance that will come with out resurrection....."all creation" includes animals. At the time when God's people are raised from the dead, creation will experience what it longs for. It will be "set free from bondage to decay".
Isaiah 11:6-9 gives us an idea of what Heaven will be like, suggesting the presence of animals. "The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear; their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the cobra’s den, the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea".
Scripture doesn't specifically speak of animals having souls, but they are God's creation and we have the responsibility to care for them. I'm not sure how many of them we actually need to be responsible for, lol, but I think we are doing our fair share! Along with the dogs here, you will find a horse, cattle, chickens, a duck and a turkey and one lone kitty cat that doesn't think to highly of the regal shepherds. She sure loves to taunt them though.
I would love to hear about your pets and/or livestock, or even about what type of dog you grew up with! They can be such lifesavers and heartbreakers, but wouldn't the world be lonely without them?