The feud between Tiger and Snoopey has involved Stella and every one of the dogs thinks that they have a right to be offended by anything or by nothing at all. The eyeballing starts it.
“Are you looking at me?”
“No, it’s you who’re looking at me.”
“Don’t look at me!”
“Hey, Mom, she’s looking at me!”
“Now you’re looking at Stella.”
“So? I can do what I want!”
“So can I. If I want to look at you, I can.”
“You’re not the boss.”
“ I most certainly am.”
“No, you shut up! Hey, lady! She won’t shut up!”
Me: “EVERYBODY SHUT UP!”
The bulldog truce has been broken. And why? Tiger wanted to be the Alpha when Snoopey already was. She started giving Snoopey the stink eye. Instead of paying attention to the human in the room who was the real Alpha, Tiger became obsessed with what Snoopey was doing. She began protesting when Snoopey received head pets first (snorting and barking – dogs don’t carry signs or where T-shirts with slogans). And then, of course, Snoopey couldn’t let that pass uncorrected and Sister Stella had to put in her two cents (which are really only worth about half that).
The result? Strife. Dissension. Disruption. Loud barking. Snarling. Snapping. Thank God no one has gotten hurt. Tiger was already dog aggressive and the new phase has not helped. The only solution for me thus far has been to put Tiger on the leash when she comes in from outside and walk her calmly to her crate, placing myself between her and Snoopey. That has worked. The funny thing is Tiger seems almost relieved that she has no opportunity to challenge Snoopey.
Humans do this a lot, too. We get our eyes on someone and start wondering why they get so much attention, or the promotion, or the raise, or the “easy life” and we don’t pay attention to the Lord and keep following Him.
Jesus had to confront Peter about that very attitude after His resurrection. Upon receiving some news from Jesus about his own future, Peter turned his attention to John and wanted to know what was going to happen to him.
“Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou Me.” (John 21:22 KJV)
I have gotten my eyes off the Lord and onto other people, either following them or wondering why they seemingly were not suffering the same difficulties I was. Those thoughts fall into that “none of my business” category that should be getting larger, not smaller. My eyes should be on the One Who knows me better than I know myself. He is the One Who holds my future.
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