Dogs Bark

Gemma, a Filipino woman in my class once commented on a difference between Americans and Philippines. She said that she thought it was strange when Americans don’t like their dogs to bark. At first I didn’t understand what she was trying to say and then it became clear to me. Dogs Bark! They are dogs; that is what they do. For some reason, we as Americans love having pets but we get frustrated when our pets act like pets!

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Krista and I have three dogs. But of course, our dogs aren’t the problem. The problem is that the neighbor two doors down lets his dog outside at precisely 7:30 every morning. When his dog is let out, my dog barks. For a long time I have struggled with the fact that my dog barks because we have an apartment behind our house that we rent out and I have always been afraid of imposing on people or feeling like something of mine is a nuisance. We even went out and bought a dog bark collar that electrically shocks him whenever he barks. Strange huh?
I have finally come to grips with the fact that dogs bark. This is something that is going to happen and when people may complain about my dog barking, I will just tell them that he is a dog and he is going to bark.

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About joshkellar

I'm married to an incredible woman of God and have two daughters that love to laugh and delight in the Lord. My goal in life is to bring others into closer relationship with God by engaging them in His story as we journey together in a faith-filled community. The basis for every decision I make in life comes back to my calling to share the love of God with those around me. My hope is that at every opportunity I will encourage others into a greater lifelong journey of discipleship.

Posted on August 24, 2005, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Hey Josh. I’ve been reading your blog since Pride and Prejudice, which, by the way, my husband likes, and I enjoy several times a week–or did until my daughter broke the first disc. Speaking of my daughter, something I have noticed since having one, is that people in this country do not like babies to act like babies, or children to act like children. Anyway, hi! Rachel Wylie

  2. good post… keep it up….have a great weekend….

  3. or give’m some sad sap story like he was a rescue dog that had been severly abused, but then his barking saved 3 small children from a burning building so you wanted to provide a gentle nurturing home for such a hero!!!

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