The Master’s Voice

~~ John 10:27 (NIV84) ~~   My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

by Carley Cooper

Photo by Carley
There is so very much that we can learn from the love of a dog.  There’s an old saying that I have heard many times that says “Until one has loved a dog part of the heart remains unopened”.  As anyone who has ever loved a dog will tell you, this is so very true. 

~Author Unknown 

Dogs just seem to take in stride
the passing of each day,
content to let the hours pass
whatever comes their way.

They seem to know a secret
which offers peach of mind
a secret dogs just seem to know
and humans seldom find.

They lead an unassuming life
and know their masters voice
a simple touch of their masters hand
will cause them to rejoice.

They listen for his footsteps
and wait beside the door
content to let the world go by
to serve him evermore.

And when they’re taken from us
the pain is hard to bear
but happy memories linger on
to keep them ever near.

  • Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
  • Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
  • When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
  • When it's in your best interest, practice obedience.
  • Let others know when they've invaded your territory.
  • Take naps and stretch before rising.
  • Run, romp and play daily.
  • Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
  • Be loyal.
  • Never pretend to be something you're not.
  • If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
  • When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
  • Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
  • Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
  • On hot days, drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree.
  • When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
  • No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and pout... run right back and make friends.
  • Bond with your pack.
  • Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

  • The dog is not allowed in the house.
  • OK, the dog is allowed in the house, but only in certain rooms.
  • The dog is allowed in all rooms, but has to stay off the furniture.
  • The dog can get on the old furniture only.
  • Fine, the dog is allowed on all the furniture, but is not allowed to sleep with the humans on the bed.
  • OK, the dog is allowed on the bed, but only by invitation.
  • The dog can sleep on the bed whenever he wants, but not under the covers.
  • The dog can sleep under the covers by invitation only.
  • The dog can sleep under the covers every night.
  • Humans must ask permission to sleep under the covers with the dog.

Are you waiting for your Master's voice?  Do you wait for Him at the door?  Do you love others the way your dog loves you?

~~ Dear God ~~    Thank You for all creatures that You have placed on this earth with us.  Thank You, especially, for dogs.  Wagging tails, puppy kisses, and the unconditional love that You gave to dogs help me to see You in them every day.  Please change my heart to become as loyal, loving, forgiving, and non-judgemental as that of my dogs!  In Jesus name, AMEN.

Here is another blog I wrote about how much we can learn from our beloved K9 babies.  If we take our cues from dogs, we could get so much closer to God.  It is called “All Dogs Go to Heaven”.

I dedicate the poem above to all the dogs I have loved; Casey, Brandy, Shadow, Chipper, Pipocas, Molly, Gertie, Cracker, Taco  


  1. Good blog.
    We got a puppy at a shelter a year ago and my daughter says we're all happier.
    She-the dog named Juliet- is our baby but her lost fur everywhere just drives me nuts!
    She is supposed to be a lab/shepperd mix,but she is pretty small and (thank God) she is not as hyper as a lab.
    The only problem we have is that she is terrified of strangers especially children and i'm sometimes afraid she could bite.
    Her best friend is our male cat and sometimes I do believe she thinks she's a cat! :-P

  2. SPARKLISE - Thanks for sharing. I haven't had much of a shedding problem with my dogs. I like to pick breeds known for not shedding. Dogs, sometimes have no clue they're dogs. Some little ones think they're big dogs and some big ones think they're little lap dogs. lol

  3. The dog rules sound like my dog!

  4. HA! Thanks FINFIN. There's never enough doggie stories. I think everyone should be required to own a dog for at least one year of their life. The world would change and so many would learn so many important lessons and characteristics for a happier life.

  5. What a fun and “lighter” read with the analogous relationship of God’s love for us that touched the dog-lover in me.

  6. Evelyn... thank you so much. I look foward to your feedback. It always makes me feel so good! I'm glad you liked the doggie blog. lol I think God's own personal pet must be a dog 'cause they are the best! Did you read the one I posted in the past about dogs and God. It's called All Dog's Go to Heaven (Posted back in July).