Meet Bear

20 Apr

While skimming through my past blog posts, I realized that I don’t share too much about my personal life: my friends, my family, my job, etc. Perhaps that’s because I don’t want this blog to be about Jen. I want it to be about what GOD is doing in my life, and I want to encourage others along the way.

But what this post will accomplish is two-fold: you’ll get to know me a little better AND I hope you will be encouraged as a result.

So, without further ado…

Meet Bear


If you noticed the masculine name AND the pink on the collar, do not be alarmed. This is indeed a female dog. With the wild personality of a Bear.

Bear is a 50 percent maltese and 50 percent pomeranian. She is loud. She is slightly undisciplined. She’s an ankle-biter. She’s spoiled. She has allergies. She’s slightly overweight. She loves to go for a walk, but if you tell her you’re taking her for one beforehand, she’ll run and hide. She hates her harness. She despises all of the cute, pink, adorable clothing and Halloween costumes I’ve purchased for her. Her least favorite clothing item is her red Christmas pajamas. She barks at the television whenever a dog or horse appears and makes noise. Sigh. She’s a rebel.

But do you want to know what else she is?

She’s a lover. If I’d let her, she’d lick all of my tears dry. She loves to cuddle. She constantly pants/smiles. She brings me her toys and bones to greet me. She “lets” me rub her tummy several times per day. She knows how to comfort me. She makes me LAUGH.

She is a blessing.

Yes, I know, she’s only a dog. She’s not eternal. She won’t live forever. But she came into my life at a perfect time. I’m so glad that we made her a part of our family in 2009. She has been around for three years of serious growth in my life and a time of being thrust into adulthood. A time when I would need my puppy.

She is a beautiful example of faithfulness that mirrors (even just a little) God’s faithfulness. No, I don’t mean to liken the Lord to a dog, but she never leaves my side. And she loves me, even when I mess up.

She is a gift from God that he brought into my life to bring me joy, however silly that may seem to any of you who aren’t pet owners.

She isn’t my only comfort, but she sure can turn a bad day into a good one. I thank God for her every day. I also thank God for HIS faithfulness every day.

Can anyone else relate?


4 Responses to “Meet Bear”

  1. RebeccaAarup April 20, 2012 at 10:04 am #

    For 11 years my two kitties have been “faithful” to me. They comfort me when I’m sad and cuddle with me just at the right times. We’ve also had a pit bull for over a year now, we got him as a pup and now he’s my “little” man! I truly believe God has given us these gifts and I am thankful for them every day! Oh yes, and my Beta fish, Fred! Even he makes me smile!

  2. Naphtali April 20, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    yes, Jen, I have had many dogs who are brave lovers and part of the family. We now have a 10 year old Calico spoiled cat named Maxi who is our baby. But she makes us laugh! She is conditional in her sparingly loving moments, but considering she was feral, born and lived in the wild for a year before she came to live with us, she has come a long way. I believe God gives us pets for many reasons.

  3. Karyl April 23, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    Hi! I tagged you. Please go to to see the rules.

  4. New View From Here April 25, 2012 at 11:37 pm #

    As a dog lover I CAN relate…great post! 🙂 And as a God-lover…I can really relate to your last sentence!

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