Happy Bones Devotional By: Becky Jacoby

 This week on Puppy Dog Tales, I welcome author, Becky Jacoby. This multi-talented and creative writer has combined her love of dogs with her love of Jesus to come up with an amazing devotional called Happy Bones: Not Just a Dog’s Love! I’m pleased to have you read this interview with her!

First of all, I would like to point out that an estimated 70-80 million dogs make their homes with approximately 45% of the households in the United States. That’s a lot of doggie love. And doggie stories. I invite you to continue reading this interview with Becky Jacoby Happy Bones: Not Just a Dog’s Love, a 31-day Dog-themed Devotional.

Why a devotional instead of some other type of book about dogs?

Why not a devotional? There are already hundreds of other dog books and dog rescue stories. To me, dogs are an excellent representation of God’s love. Their faith, devotion, loyalty and forgiveness shine as examples of God’s attributes.

Each story in the devotional illustrates aspects of God’s character as well as life in this world and hopefully leads us to the Cross in prayer.

How did you come up with the idea?

I attended the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference a few years ago and spoke with an acquisitions editor of a Christian publisher. Originally, my idea was for 365-days on many subjects. He told me he was looking for thematic 30-day devotionals. When I was ready to publish, though, I chose the independent route.

Since Happy Bones, I’ve also published Creative Comforts: Artful Hands and Hearts. It is a 30-day devotional for crafters, writers, artists, photographers…everyone who works unto the Lord. I have another Christian book underway tentatively entitled Loved No Matter What, as well as my first suspense novel, Shoot the Moon.

Q.  What makes writing a devotional different from other nonfiction?

More similar than different, I think. There has to be a hook that grabs the reader, engaging and well-written content that leads the reader on an emotionally connected journey, and a conclusion that satisfies and prompts the reader to pray or at least consider feelings about what was read or learned. I hope Happy Bones leaves paw prints across reader’s hearts.

Q. Let’s see. Happy Bones..so you have dogs. Creative Comforts…you’re a writer. It makes sense.

Yes, my husband Bob and I have two rescued dogs, Lehigh, a lab/border collie mix, and Abigail, a boxer mix. However, Happy Bones has stories of other dogs, not just our current two girls. About Creative Comforts, I’ve been a corporate communications and copywriter for many years, I’m also certified in graphic design, I’ve participated in art shows with drawing and painting, I quilt, and have more hobbies, too. Creating is part of who I am.

Actually, creativity is a power given to us by God. We all have it, we merely use it differently.

Thanks for allowing me to join you today.

Bio: Becky Jacoby has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer, ghostwriter, project director and consultant. She is also a fine artist and illustrator, graphic artist, avid crafter and quilter. Her nonfiction and fiction work has appeared in numerous print, online, trade and specialty publications. She runs the Words with Wings blog, and her website features occasional free short stories, and books, as well as recent artwork for sale. She is completing a debut suspense novel which includes a widowed former Marine and her trained military dogs.

Past activities include teaching graphic design, writing and marketing. She has also mentored at-risk children and assisted abused women. A long-time resident of York, then Philadelphia area, Pennsylvania, home now is coastal North Carolina with hubby Bob and the dogs, who insist on resting behind her chair or across her toes as she writes, paints or quilts.

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Dachshund - The Weiner Dog

The American Kennel Club lists the Dachshund as one of the top ten breeds in the United States. Bred for his short stature, long body and keen sense of smell, the Dachshund is superior at flushing out burrowing animals. His name literally means, “badger dog” in German. 

Dachshunds can have smooth, wirehaired or longhaired coat. Wirehaired are the most popular variety in the UK, and the least popular in the US. The most common color is red, followed by black and tan, but many other colors have been produced in breeding. 

The miniature variety of dachshund was bred to hunt smaller animals like rabbits and even prairie dogs. He loves to hunt. It’s in his blood. After all, he is a member of the hound family.

Some believe the Dachshund has roots all the way back to ancient Egypt where carvings of short-legged hunting dogs have been discovered. Researchers have also found mummified dogs resembling Dachshunds. But the dog we know today is a creation of German breeding of hounds and terriers. An interesting fact is that Queen Victoria kept the breed in her royal court.

Other famous Dachshund owners are, Jack Ruby, famous for killing J.F.K’s murderer owned one named Sheba and at one time had ten Doxies. Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th President had one while in the White House. Andy Warhol, famous pop artist had a pair he named Archie and Amos.

Pablo Picasso’s Dachshund was named Lump, pronounced Loomp (German for rascal) and a book was written, telling the story of their life. Last but not least is Adele, one of my favorite singers. She has a Dachshund named Louie, named after Louis Armstrong. 

 

According to the AKC “the Dachshund’s (temperament) is clever, lively and courageous to the point of rashness.” He doesn’t seem to know or care that he’s small and will challenge larger dogs. One character trait of the Dachshund is his innate stubbornness.

Another famous Doxy lover not mentioned above is author, E.B. White who wrote such beloved children’s books as Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little. White wrote the following quote concerning his dog, Fred.

“Being the owner of Dachshunds, to me a book on dog discipline becomes a volume of inspired humor. Every sentence is a riot. Some day, if I ever get a chance, I shall write a book, or warning, on the character and temperament of the Dachshund and why he can’t be trained and shouldn’t be. I would rather train a striped zebra to balance an Indian Club than induce a Dachshund to heed my slightest command. When I address Fred I never have to raise either my voice or my hopes. He even disobeys me when I instruct him in something he wants to do.”

STUBBORNNESS…Clearly the Dachshund is a stubborn dog. Think of the most stubborn person you can in the Bible. My mind goes directly to Pharaoh. There’s clearly no other man who showed such blatant stubbornness.

BLOOD, FROGS, GNATS, FLIES, LIVESTOCK, BOILS, HAIL LOCUSTS AND EVEN DARKNESS. And still, he wouldn’t let those Israelites go.

The Lord said to Moses, “Pharaoh will refuse to listen to you—so that my wonders may be multiplied in Egypt.” Exodus 11:9

At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well. Exodus 12:29

“In days to come, when your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ say to him, ‘With a mighty hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. When Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go…” Exodus 13:14-15a

Is the Dachshund as stubborn as the Pharaoh? Probably not, but obviously their reputation precedes them. Truth be told, I wouldn’t mind having a mini-Dachshund. I think their kind of cute!

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Surviving Henry By: Erin Taylor Young

Sometimes you seek out love. And sometimes it broadsides you...


You don't always know what you're getting into when you bring home a puppy. You hope for laughs and cuddles, long walks and a wagging tail. And sometimes you get...Henry.

Henry is a boxer who suffers from Supreme Dictator of the Universe Syndrome. He vandalizes his obedience school, leaps through windows, cheats death at every turn, and generally causes his long-suffering owner Erin Taylor to wonder what on earth she did wrong that God would send this dog to derail her life.

But this rogue torpedo of a dog wasn't sent to torment his owner-well, not just to torment her. Through all the hair-pulling and questioning of her own sanity, Erin learns something very powerful from Henry, a dog who brings new meaning to the concept of unconditional love.

Through his laugh-out-loud antics and jaw-dropping escapades, Henry will careen into your life and steal your heart.

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Learn more about Erin Taylor here

 

 

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Puppy Problems!!

This picture is so true! My puppy is six months old now and I'm reminded of the day when my kids were toddlers. It scares me senseless when he wonders off to another room. It only takes a matter of minutes for a nice leather shoe to become an unidentifiable pile of slobber. But that's the price you pay for that precious bundle of fur and love that will hopefully grow out of the chewing stage and grow into a life-long companion.

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Golden Retriever – The Waterfowl Dog

Men have been hunting wild game since…well forever. And as long as man has hunted, he’s had a faithful companion by his side. The best friend of a waterfowl hunter is the Golden Retriever.

It was during the late 1800’s that Lord Tweedmouth of the Scottish Highlands realized his need for a dog gentle enough in spirit to hunt by his side for wild fowl. From that humble desire, the Golden Retriever was born.

The Golden first came to America in the 1920’s and was first AKC registered in 1925. According to www.akc.org, a Golden’s temperament should be, “friendly, reliable and trustworthy. Quarrelsomeness or hostility towards other dogs or people in normal situations, or an unwarranted show of timidity or nervousness, is not in keeping with the Golden Retriever character….”

Golden Retrievers are one of the top ten favorite dogs in the U.S. It’s easy to understand why, considering the Golden’s beauty, playfulness, loyalty, cleverness and he’s kid friendly too. They are so easily trained, Goldens are often used as bomb and drug sniffing dogs. They also make good service dogs for the disabled and are often used on human rescue missions.

Goldens are born water dogs and are one of the top contenders in dock jumping competitions. Dock jumping is a sport where the master throws a toy out into a body of water and his dog jumps into the water to retrieve it. The farther the dog jumps, the better his score.

There is a verse in 1 Samuel where King Achish of Gath speaks to David: “As surely as the Lord lives, you have been reliable, and I would be pleased to have you serve with me in the army. From the day you came to me until today, I have found no fault in you.”  1 Samuel 29:6

When I first read this verse I was touched by the way the king lovingly spoke to David. It made me think of how a seasoned hunter might feel about his beloved companion. As they embark on a final journey, his faithful old Golden Retriever by his side. The hunter, pleased to have served with his dog all these years pats him on the head and says; “I have found no fault in you, boy.”

Are you a Golden Retriever parent? Tell us about your experience with this faithful, loving, waterfowl Dog.

 

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