JayJay and the mustard seed

JayJayI never would have imagined that I could become so attached to any animal as I have this little dog. When I started this business approximately 8 years ago, for some reason I decided that a dog would be nice to have around. When Mom asked me what I wanted for Christmas I told her a dog and she said get it. I don’t think she realized, at the time, that they cost $700.

Carol and I asked around for suggestions as to what breed it would be best, keeping in mind that the dog would be inside and around people and computers. Two different peoples suggested a cairn terrier and I’m glad they did. If you look up this breed on the Internet you will see the phrase lovable and contrary used frequently. It’s a fair description!

Sometimes at night Carol and I will suddenly realize JayJay isn’t around us and go looking for him. Invariably, he will be upstairs waiting for us to come get him fresh cool water in his bathroom bowl, having decided some time ago that bathroom water is superior to kitchen water,or he will be in the office sitting in front of the closet waiting for a cruncher (what we call a little rawhide stick).

In both cases he is waiting patiently knowing that someone will be there to take care of him. This always reminds me of the passage from Luke 17:6 –

And the Lord said, If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you might say to this sycamine tree, Be you plucked up by the root, and be you planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

If only we could show the faith of this dog in our daily lives.

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