Sunday, February 10, 2008
Blogger Buddy Bouzer
Let me introduce you to my best bud, Bouzer. He's one of those perfect canines, the ones that don't have accidents on the floors, never chew on things, always mind and just soak up love like it's goin' outta style. Yep, he's my perfect little red-headed boy. Actually, he is perfect most days, and on the days when he really does act like an ornery little red-headed boy (keep in mind I've lived with an over-grown red-headed boy for 23 years, so I know what they're like), a little extra love just makes the orneries go away. (That works on human red-headed boys as well.)
Bouzer was my Christmas gift this year from my family. We had a sheltie for twelve years, and when she died over a year ago, I missed her terribly. But with our move, we decided a dog would have to wait - and I'm so glad we did. God knew Bouzer would need us. We found him at a rescue shelter in Portland on Christmas Eve day. He's a year old, Rottweiler mix, and he was just waiting to be loved. His cushy bed is portable, so he can be wherever I am - just like my coffee warmer. Whether by my place on the couch as I read my Bible or at my desk while I write, Bouzer is there. All he asks is a little attention now and then...and now and then...and now and then.... And what I get is his presence.
Yep, that presence. That's what I missed when our sheltie died. The presence of someone else at my side as I went through my day. Not only did I lose my dog, two days later our youngest daughter went to college - and empty nest took on a whole new meaning! Before that, I knew the Lord was "with me," but I got to really put it into practice during those lonely days.
Now, we're in Vancouver, and our older daughter has moved back in, my father-in-law is here for an extended visit, plus I have a new 4-legged friend. When it rains, it pours! Lots of company, and I'm happy for it! Plus - and most importantly - I have an almost constant awareness of the most important Presence in my life. Oh, how good is our God and how unfathomable are His ways.