happy hanukkah


my dog is jewish. i haven’t seen her wearing a prayer shawl, blowing a shofar, or reciting the shema but i know that she must be jewish. it’s the only explanation that i can come up with for what happened today.

today was montana’s introduction to parkview baptist church. my family and i go to church at parkview, i work there, and the boys attend school there so it only made sense that we would introduce montana to the people who would see a good bit of her. montana is going to go with us to pick up the boys from school, she’ll travel around with me when i do errands, and sometimes she’ll just come hang out with me at my study. after all, a dog is an easy way to meet new people and meeting new people is usually about half the battle for me in ministry. thus montana is going to be involved with the church and therefore i wanted her to get used to the place and more important the people who actually make up the church.

so i made the rounds around the church office with montana in tow. everyone in the office loved her and she gladly returned their love. after all montana is a friendly dog. after finishing our visits around the church office i decided to take her over to the maintence building and introduce her to our maintence crew, larry, kirk and david. their all nice guys and montana instantly picked up on that fact. she got along fine with them and they enjoyed meeting her. after we finished horsing around in the maintence building montana and i left to go back to my study and start to do a little more work before heading home for lunch. this is when the problem developed.

at the end of the maintence building is a creche (nativity scene). it’s one of the old, cheap, plastic variety that lights up when a light bulb within each figure is turned on. i placed a picture of the nativity scene at the top of this post so you could see it. when montana saw the creche she stopped dead in her tracks. i know she stopped because i did not and she jerked me backwards. she stared at the nativity scene, began to growl and then barked several times. she did this same cycle of growling and barking several times. in fact, she barked so loud that kirk and david heard her and came running out to us.

“what happened” kirk said.

“i’m not sure. she just stopped and started doing this and she keeps looking at the nativity scene.”

david suggested that i walk her closer to the nativity scene to see what would happened. this seemed like a good idea to me so i tried dragging her over to the creche. 45 pounds doesn’t really seem like allot of weight, yet when that forty five pounds is a dog that doesn’t want to be anywhere near the plastic JESUS it becomes an entirely different story. all my dragging accomplished was getting montana to perform a semi circle around the nativity scene without ever getting any closer to it. all she did was growl and bark while making sure that i wasn’t able to get her any closer to the glowing plastic diety.

when i finally gave up montana turned into her normal friendly self.

this is why i say montana must be jewish. of course, she could be muslim, buddhist, or whatever else a dog can be. : ) all i know for sure is that she doesn’t like gods made out of plastic that glow in the dark. then again i’m not sure i really like those gods either.

SIDE NOT – this was my 200th post which is an occassion of great joy and celebration. please pause for a moment of silence in honor of the great moment. after the moment of silense please go get yourself a snack and eat it and dance a little jig in honor of the occassion. thanks for celebrating with me.

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