Snoopey is no longer the sad sack she once was. Still not Miss Happy-Go-Lucky, she is enjoying life more. We still have a lot to work on. She barks too much and at the wrong times, but she also barks at exactly the right times. She uses her good ears and her good sense of when something is wrong and alerts everyone.
My uneducated guess is that Snoopey did not receive any real socialization in her early days and now that she is grown, she is having to play catch-up and is having to work to get rid of some bad habits. Events that appear not to phase the other dogs send Snoopey into a downcast mood.
For example, she accidentally spilled her food all over the floor of her crate one morning. Everybody in this house has spilled food, human and dog, at one time or another. Stella spills her food into her bed deliberately. At first I thought she was knocking the bowl over by accident, but no, that’s exactly what she wants to do and she moves the bowl just right so that the food tumbles into the corner of her bed. Snoopey did not mean to spill hers.
Of all our dogs, Snoopey is the least likely to eat food that has been spilled on the floor. Wiggles is a vacuum cleaner. Tiger trots around hoping to find a treat, even if it is not her special food brand for her skin condition. Stella will pick up a choice morsel here and there.
Immediately Snoopey started to cover the mess, nosing her ground sheet over the food. While Stella goes back throughout the day and evening to munch on her intentionally dumped food in its soft corner, Snoopey showed no sign that she was going to get back to hers. Frankly, she looked embarrassed.
Covering up the mess made it go away for Snoopey. If you can’t see the mess, it doesn’t exist, right? Mess? What mess? We’ve all done it. Just cover it up. See! No mess no more! Only the mess is still there and someone is going to have to clean it up.
Bottom line, I cleaned up the spilled food. I did not make the mess, but I was the one in the best position to clean it up.
That’s what Love does. Love cleans up messes He didn’t make, even the ones that we have hidden under ground sheets. That’s what the Lord does for us when we let Him.
“And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 KJV
God is not interested in our being embarrassed. When we come to Him, He has us covered, and when He is finished, there won’t be a mess.
Snoopey got her fresh bowl of breakfast and she did not spill it. In fact, I don’t think she has spilled a bowl since that day.
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