Kodiak - aka Grizzly
There wasn’t a day that went by Kodiak that I didn’t learn from you. You faced an uphill battle from the very first day you arrived yet you persevered through it all. Through all your adversity nothing seemed to change your attitude and the love you radiated toward others. Oh, how we learned from you.
You enjoyed the simple things in life. A run up a mound of dirt and back down or a quick swim in the pool to cool off. Oh, how we learned from you.
You had a genuine enthusiasm for everything that you did. I often referred to you as a gazelle because of your ability to run and leap at the same time. I’m sad to say that I have no video or images to share of your unique behavior. Oh, how we learned from you.
Many thought you were not the most attractive dog, yet those that came in contact with you quickly realized that what’s on the inside is far more important that what’s on the outside. Your warmth and character were shining examples for others to witness. Oh, how we learned from you.
You had a constant battle with skin issues but your love for life and love for others never wavered . Oh, how we learned from you.
I’ll never forget that first day you arrived. You were very scared and unsure of your surroundings. Where did you come from? Were you dropped off, abandoned in the area? Were you mistreated elsewhere, maybe at home? Did you ever have a home before the Lord brought you here? I wish I knew the answers but those answers may remain elusive.
God led you to our doorstep. Thank you Lord for sharing Kodiak with us. Oh, how we learned from him.
Indian Paintbrush making their “final stand” before the summer heat brings on their demise. Taken a week ago not far from our house. I have researched the purple flowers shown in the image but haven’t come up with anything. If you know what they are please share your knowledge.
Beauty and the Bush
I couldn’t let another day go by without posting this image of the rosebush in our backyard. The image doesn’t do it justice. Christy and I haven’t really done much in the way of maintenance with it over the years. A little cutting back of the branches every couple of years and re-anchoring it to the fence periodically. It was there when we moved in, planted by the former owners of the house. The roses have the deepest, richest red to their blooms. The number of blooms is so impressive, the branches seem to tire from the additional weight. The blooming rose bush tells us that the heat of summer is not far off.
Martin Luther King fought for civil rights. What set him apart from those so called leaders today? His focus was not on “himself”, it was on others. His desire was not to be on the six o’clock news like Al Sharpton, or on the clothes he wore. No, it was a genuine interest in bringing equality to all. God granted equality to all men and women regardless of origin or color. Martin Luther King believed firmly in this. We all remember Reagan’s famous words of “tear down this wall”, so too was Martin Luther Kings belief, let there be no difference or wall between any of us. In spite of the fact of whether or not Monday should or should not be designated as a holiday, the lighter load it brings to traffic for one day, the son or daughter who celebrates being out of school, the MLK street that exists in every city, let us remember in our “own way” what MLK fought for and the hope that more individuals of his integrity exists in this great country of ours.