Children and dogs are a natural. You can’t open up facebook without seeing some heartwarming picture of them together. Who doesn’t have some of their best childhood memories shared with man’s best friend? There was Lassie. And My Dog Skip. And you can’t forget Old Yeller.
But not at the dog park. 😔
Yesterday was a beautiful day. We took my dog to Biscuit Acres Dog Park. And this is what I saw.
No children allowed at the dog park? I was shocked! That’s like no jelly to go with your peanut butter!
I assume the logic is that dogs can bite, and children can instigate. For safety reasons, the two shall not mix. Or at least at Biscuit Acres Dog Park. It just kind of caught me by surprise. It seemed so harsh. For a park. Did the children’s playground in that same park have a sign that said no dogs? Inquiring mind want to know.
The funny thing about it is my dog doesn’t like small children. And I have no idea why. He hides in the bathtub every time my grandchildren visit. This park was right down his alley. 👌
But we took him there in the first place to work on his social skills. To learn to play well with others. Dogs that is. It’s him and me, and he’s very introverted when he leaves my side.
Then I started thinking. Do I play well with others? How about you?
Let’s all brush up on our social skills. Let’s all laugh more and bark less. Let’s all love others as Christ commands us to do. Let’s all remember the Golden Rule. Do unto others as you’d like others to do unto you. And the next time you see children and dogs, enjoy their affection, their loyalty,and their playful spirit. And while you’re at it, you might just want to advise them to stay away from the dog park.
26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” Matthew 15:26