Thursday, August 21, 2008

Happy Birthday, Dear Charlie!

Our favorite four-legged friend turned 8 years old this past week. Officially, it was August 19, but we ended up celebrating for two days, kind of...

On Monday, my mother-in-law invited us to join her for dinner, so she took time to spoil her "granddog" by giving him extra treats during our visit. And on Tuesday, we grilled pork chops (so that Charlie could have little tastes of meat), and then the three of us did one of Charlie's favorite activities; despite the hot, sticky weather, we all took a walk.

This photo is one that I took after our walk. Charlie had just finished drinking some water, but he was still panting from the heat. He looks like he has a big grin on his face. He's always our happy little guy.

We give thanks to the Lord for the blessing of a good dog. My friends and I prayed before I got Charlie nearly eight years ago. We asked the Lord to give me the right dog and that he would be a blessing to my life. I was single back then, and it meant so much to come home to a happy little dog after work. It still means just as much to me now, even though I have the blessing of marriage now. My husband and I will celebrate our fifth anniversary this year, so including our courtship time, he's known Charlie for nearly six years.


USAincognito said...

Aren't dogs just the best!?! I know I am much happier when I have one, and Kira definitely makes me laugh each day at her crazy antics around the place!

Karen said...

They certainly are! And I'm sure that Kira is a tremendous blessing to your lift, as Charlie is to ours. As you know, in Genesis God gave mankind dominion over the animals. I often think that, while wild animals are no longer our companions as they were to Adam and Eve in the garden, dogs are a great picture of what it must have been like back then. They're just so happy being close to us. They just want to hang out with their masters. And that's a great picture for us of how enthusiastic we should be about hanging out with our Master, too. Just being with Him should make our hearts content...May it be so, Lord!