Saturday, January 24, 2015

Buster Knows His GILH

Buster checks out the second antiphon.

You're probably tired of hearing about the animals of Zoar, but it's probably not going to break the interwebs to share this.

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.


  1. You might make me rethink pets' possibility of entering heaven - at least Buster's!

  2. Yorkies are SO cute. And apparently smart too.

    Elizabeth F. (I see you've got at least two Elizabeths here!) :)

    1. Scary smart. But he's overly protective. He barks, and will bite anyone but the Bear and the Shepherdess. Okay, sometimes her, too. So I don't know how much good his prayers are doing him.

    2. I'll try to remember to sign as Elizabeth R.

      The other Elizabeth :)

    3. There are no "others" among the woodland creatures. You are both equally Elizabeth. In fact, I shall create an account for "Elizabeth" too! Imagine the disreputable things I shall say in my Bearish way. I have been billed as "Caroline the Dancing Bear" a truly inexcusable mistake by anyone with the slightest knowledge of basic biology. Anyway, I would be proud to be Elizabeth. It might get a bit confusing, though.

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    5. Umm - my daughter reads this ephemeris. I'd like her to know which Elizabeth is actually her mother - though she has mentioned that she suspected I also read SCB by the phrasing of one of my comments.

    6. That's funny. Very perceptive daughter.

    7. Yes, yes she is. I'm rather proud of her. It was fun to find out we both enjoyed SCB.

      Elizabeth R

  3. Poor old Buster is right this moment going to get his s-h-o-t-s.


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