Invitation

I would like to extend an invitation to you to come and join me on one of my walks with Charlie and Wally in the woods. I’m serious—we would love to share our special time in the woods with you. More importantly, I would love to share my faith...

Love Can Build a Bridge

The great thing about dogs is their unconditional love. I can be disciplining Charlie and Wally one minute, and the next minute they see me as their best friend. They don’t go off and mope around about how they have been treated. They are right...

Hope Hops

Rabbits seem to be the one animal the dogs cannot subdue. Rabbits are special to me because of a story about a rabbit named Hope. I don’t remember all the details about the story, except that at the end the little girl says, “The best thing about...

Blending into Your Surroundings

The dogs blend into the woods, sometimes making them hard to see. Wally with his white and brown is usually visible, except in winter against the snow. But old black stumps and rotten trees can easily be mistaken for Charlie at any time; it’s...

Crunchy Leaves

When autumn comes, the fallen leaves are very crunchy. So crunchy that walking is very noisy. Loud enough that it is hard to hear myself think. In the noise a song came to me. The song was recently introduced to me during a KAIROS prison ministry...

Different Perspective

Most of the time we take our walks in the evening, but on weekends we often go out in the morning. It’s amazing how different everything looks in the morning sunlight. What was once in the shadows is now highlighted by the sun—new beauty is...

Yip for Joy

Wally is the hunter dog that usually finds the scent of prey first. He lets out a joyous yip of pursuit. The yip has two purposes. First, it is a passionate signal to begin the chase. Second, it is a signal to Charlie to join in the chase. Wally...

Spider Webs

Our woods’ road is about four or five feet wide, and ambitious spiders create webs to cross it. Spider webs can be beautiful to look at, but not much fun to walk through—especially when bugs get in your face and web in your hair. Job...

Sun to Fuel, Son to Fuel

We have a wood-burning stove, so part of our walks is to spot trees that could be potential wood for our stove. Think about this: The sun provides the light for the process of photosynthesis, which creates the nutrients for the trees to grow. We...

Choosing a Different Path

On occasion, I get the idea not to walk on the woods road but to walk directly to the ridge, thinking I will get more exercise. There is nothing wrong with this rationale, but my evaluation of the terrain and my abilities to make the ascent are...

Poor Decisions

I do not understand why a squirrel doesn’t choose to climb the closest tree—or why, once safe in a tree, it wouldn’t stay there until it’s safe to come down. I have seen both situations play out when Wally and Charlie are in...

Things are Not Always as They Seem

One day on a walk, I looked ahead and saw a rust-colored face peering back at me. At a distance, and only seeing the head, I thought it was Wally. So I called to him and began talking to him. As I got closer I realized it was a fox looking back...

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