|Buster checks out the second antiphon.|
Buster the Yorkie joins us for Lauds in the morning. He sits attentively in his place throughout the invitatory, hymn, three psalms, a reading, the canticle, intercessions. and the Our Father. (He's a silent participant.) At the end, the Bear says, "May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil, and lead us to everlasting life." At that Buster immediately jumps up, his little nubbin tail wagging. He knows when the beginning and the end are. Anything else is Buster's secret.
It is amazing how dogs pick up cues from their humans. We can learn a lot from them. "Behold as the eyes of the servants are on the hands of their masters, As the eyes of the handmaid are on the hands of her mistress: so are our eyes unto the Lord our God, until he have mercy on us."
In the book of Job, God points to the ways of animals as mysteries of His activity and wisdom. The Bear could not begin to remember the ways in which he has been instructed and enriched by living with various creatures great and small.
Speaking of animals, what do you get if you cross a Bat Christian with a Rabbit? The Bear doesn't know, but 10 take off and 100 land.