Some of you may remember I wrote a few weeks back about how I was experiencing a significant case of the doldrums. Well, that was in October and here it is, almost December, and I’m still feeling rather blasé.
Perhaps part of the reason my ho-hum-edness is lately so apparent is that we’ve added a new member to our family and he’s anything but ho-hum.
Boomer is an 11 month old Bassett Hound my family and I recently adopted from the pound, but the first thing you need to know about Boomer is that I’ve come to think of him as the anti-Bassett Hound.
You see, every Bassett Hound I’ve ever known is of the typical Bassett variety.
Likes to take good long naps.
You know, a canine version of me.
Of all the Bassett Hound pound puppies in the world up for adoption, I somehow ended up with the one who goes against every stereotype of his breed.
According to the vet, Boomer is the perfect weight, which in my opinion is not such a perfect weight because he is able to squeeze thru the cat door and in between the slats of the picket fence (or under the chain link fence if he so desires.)
Boomer is not lazy. Not even close. In a way, he kind of reminds me of a basketball that is being dribbled…he is in a perpetual state of motion, and usually that motion is of the up and down variety.
If you move, he will chase you.
Whether you are a cat or a tennis ball or the Roomba is beside the point.
As far as taking naps, Boomer probably does enjoy a good long nap…just not at the same time that I want to enjoy a long nap. Lying down in my bed is all the invitation Boomer needs to dive bomb my face with sloppy wet dog kisses while simultaneously sniffing me with his cold wet nose. (It’s especially fun when he does this to me when I am in the middle of a deep sleep. I’ve aged at least 20 years from Boomer scaring me to death with his 2 am dive bombings.)
With this being said, I have to say that Boomer does have some of the other traits that are characteristic of Bassett Hounds—he is certainly loveable and sweet and friendly. He is good natured and sociable. He’s gentle and loving with children.
One of the best things about Boomer is the rock star welcome I receive every time I walk in the front door. Even if I’ve only been gone for 30 seconds walking to the mailbox, he barks his happy bark and jumps up and down trying to kiss me before taking off in a frenzied run throughout the house announcing my arrival.
I’m thinking that if my son and husband welcomed me home in a similar fashion, I’d be one very happy girl.
The thing that I love the most about Boomer, though, and the thing that I most want to emulate in my own life, is how ecstatically happy Boomer is with everything. To look at his face, you might think he’s sad but you would be wrong.
Boomer is in love with life, and his four legged, 36 pound frame can barely contain his joy.
My Bible verse this morning immediately brought Boomer to mind: “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!” (Psalm 118:24) Truly, Boomer is rejoicing with every wag of his tail and chase of his tennis ball. Even though he’s had a rough time of it in his first 11 months, being a pound puppy and all, today he is happy to enjoy the blessings he has been given: a little boy to call his own, a backyard with rabbits to chase, a peanut butter stuffed Kong, and a squeaky stuffing-less squirrel to play with.
I’m inspired to want to live like Boomer today and every day. Instead of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, I want to just live in the moments I am given this day, remembering that it is a gift from the Lord.
He deserves my thanks and praise for each day that I am given.
While I don’t have a cute little tail to wag like Boomer, or big soft ears perfect for flapping in the wind as I run, I am nevertheless filled with the joy that comes from knowing exactly who made this day.
My heart is light with the knowledge that I am carefully being held in the palm of His hand not just today but every day.
Thanks be to God for the little anti-Bassett Hound Boomer who came to remind me to rejoice and be glad in this day and every day!