By Edward Grinnan

God Made a Dog

Last week I wrote about an amazing dog named Capitán who has stood a nightly vigil at his master’s grave for six years. Capitán, a shepherd, looks like a sentry, a sort of spiritual sentry, not so much waiting for his master but honoring him, communing with him in some way that we will only understand when we too pass to the other side.

I still have vivid dreams about my past dogs. My dogs have left such a deep mark on my soul that I can only believe they were put in my life by God. How else to explain it?

In response to the blog about Capitán, a good friend of mine, Guideposts author Kitty Slattery, sent me this video, called “God Made a Dog.”

If you haven’t seen it, you are in for something special. If you have, it’s definitely worth a second look.  And then give your dog a big long hug. He is God-given, after all.

Edward Grinnan is Editor-in-Chief and Vice President of Guideposts Publications. Edward lives in New York City with two blondes—his wife, Julee, and Golden Retriever, Millie, who has been featured in his blog and popular videos. Edward loves cycling, hiking with Millie at his house in the Berkshire Hills and Wolverines that hail from Michigan.

If you need a little boost of inspiration, pick up a copy of Edward's book The Promise of Hope: How True Stories of Hope and Inspiration Saved My Life and How They Can Transform Yours.

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I've heard some preachers say that dogs don't go to heaven, but I still pray they do. They're much more deserving of heaven than humans are - that's for sure. I LOVE MY DOG with all my heart. He is a angel dog and I can't imagine life without him even though I will probably have to let him go to heaven one day - a day I dread so desperately. DOGS ARE AMAZING!!! I'm so BLESSED with my dog. He is my family.

This is "off the subject," as they say, but I just finished reading the Daily Guideposts devotion about your brother-in-law's probable suicide. My heart goes out to your wife & you. And, as I read the devotion, I could not help wondering if there is a single family in this country who has not been impacted by suicide. I know ours has, &, through the years, have discovered (to my great surprise, in some cases) that many others have experienced the grave sadness of such a loss. I pray that God may use us to prevent such incredible hopelessness in those around us, and that He may comfort us when we are not successful.
Blessings to all of you at Guideposts. You always help center my days in God.

This almost made me ball my eyes out! If I wasn't at work when I read it, I would be crying now! My dogs, past and present have meant so much to me. They have brought something to me that I believe God sent only theml to teach me. The unconditional love I have received has been a blessing to my life! I just hope I have loved them as much as they have love me! I have tried to!!

Love rocks :) and freedom to the press :)