In this crazy world where stress and anxiety are at an all time high, we can always count on our non-human companions for a little relief. Awhile back, I featured this dog article in our newsletter and thought it would be fun to pull it out and share why dogs are a fascinating creation.
It doesn’t take an article like this inform anyone of the dog’s incredible design. Most of us have witnessed it, or seen it in movies, or read about amazing stories in our favorite genre. (Do you remember the first story you read with a dog in it)? Dogs have been designed with a multitude of amazing abilities that benefit mankind. Is it coincidental that they’re also loveable and unconditionally loyal? I choose to believe it’s more than that.
According to an Associated Press-Petside.com poll, 47 percent of dog owners said their dog had alerted them to bad news, and 72 percent said their dog warned them about bad weather.
With approximately 220 million receptors in their nose compared to a human’s 6 million, the dog’s olfactory lobe in their brain is three times larger than a human’s. Dogs can alert their owners to medical emergencies by detecting hormonal changes. They can even sniff out cancer in humans. A 2011 study presented at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association in Orlando, Florida showed that dogs can detect prostate cancer in humans by smelling the patient’s urine sample.
You can read more about this study by following this link: https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/10/27/dog-sniff-out-cancer.aspx
Like many animals, dogs have the ability to detect changes in barometric pressure and subtle vibrations in the earth. These super senses allow them to instinctively survive in their habitats.
Fascinating Super Powers
But other events seem to occur without explanation. Psychologist Stephanie LaFarge, the senior director of counseling services for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, told NBC News:
“I have been awakened in the middle of the night by a dog. Very shortly after that, I received some very, very shocking bad news. I was awake when the phone rang. I couldn’t explain why I was awake except the dog was next to me nudging me. How did the dog know my father died at midnight?”
The Online Dog Trainer tells a beautiful story of how his dog, Peanut Butter, showed unconditional love to a stranger without any human intervention.
Sensory perception or divine intervention?
In a world where human emotion can be fickle and unreliable, dogs have been designed to tell the truth and offer unconditional love at the least anticipated and sometimes most undeserving times. A distinctive trademark of our creator.
Below is a link to the website where you can find a video about Peanut Butter and the inexplicable power of dogs. (Make sure you grab a tissue).
What Happened to Clover?
Some of you may remember our beautiful “blue” German Shepherd named Clover. And you may have wondered why we stopped posting pictures of her. Well, last May, I made the very difficult decision to rehome her. Not because I was searching for a home. I wasn’t. But the perfect home came to her.
A nice young man and an acquaintance of the family had just bought some land and moved out on his own. He wanted to get a dog because he and his family had always raised and even trained dogs, but the animal shelters turned him down because he didn’t have a fenced in yard.
A Little Backstory
From day one, I struggled with clover. Unbeknownst to me, she had been very sick with coccidiosis. I took her to the vet after having her for 3 days and she weighed only 5 pounds. The vet wasn’t optimistic that she would live. I scrambled eggs, hand fed her, and even tucked her in bed with me at night so she would get good rest.
She gained weight and overcame the coccidiosis in a month’s time. Around twelve weeks old, knowing she needed socialized, I enrolled us in puppy training, but it was a struggle. Tired after a long day, I lacked the assertiveness and patience needed to train a determined puppy. She wasn’t going to listen if she could be boss instead. I exercised Clover daily and tried my best to teach her good manners, but in March, when Covid hit, I had to stop taking her out to stores and the dog park. Her need to lead/work/dominate increased and she was feeling more pent up than I was.
One day my brother asked if I would be willing to part with Clover because he knew someone looking for a German shepherd. I balked at the idea. I loved my dog, but then I slept on it and woke up feeling convicted. Something told me this person needed Clover in their life. I didn’t fully understand why. But I didn’t need to understand why. I only needed to be certain that what I felt in my heart and gut was right.
So, I called the young man and he came over that day, ready to take her home. He said he’d been feeling lonely. He came from a big family. Now he was alone for the first time in his life, and it was a struggle. Coincidence…maybe, but I like to believe I rescued Clover and nursed her back to good health so that she could go on to her forever home with a person that needed her more than I.
I think the next time I get a dog, she’ll be older, like me. Move a little slower, shrug at the idea of exercise, and enjoy a good afternoon nap. I mean, just because you’re old doesn’t mean you aren’t still a fascinating creation.
Do you have a pet? Tell me about it.
Has your pet done something incredible?
Do you have an anecdote about your dog? What makes them special to you. Please share. I’d love to hear it.
If you’d like to read about another fascinating creation, here’s an article on the beguiling bowerbird.
“But ask the animals, and they will teach you…” (Job 12:7, KJV).