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Puppy Personalities on Parade! Part 4 – Tools for Pet Owners

In parts one, two, and three of this series Puppy Personalities on Parade I shared the different traits of my dogs. Knowledge of the personalities helps me understand my furry babies better. I’d like to share what I’ve learned about handling my dogs with the hope that it will help you with yours.

The Sanguine Bundle of Energy

Kramer, our sanguine pup, is a handful. When I adopted him last December, I was looking for a nice phlegmatic pet. Kramer appeared to be just that – he was the only dog not barking or jumping up as I walked through the rows of shelter kennels. He was controlled and poised when we played in the outside pens and seemed like the perfect little lap dog.


Posted by on October 25th, 2011 No Comments

Puppy Personalities on Parade! Part 1 – Kramer the Super Sanguine

Some  of you may be familiar with my wild dog Kramer. That little sanguine streak of white lightning certainly keeps the Neff humans on our toes! In classic sanguine style Kramer lives with an abundance of enthusiasm, charm, and love of the  spotlight.

What a Charmer

Everyone who meets Kramer is charmed by his wiggles and giggles. He overwhelms melancholy humans, but other sanguine life forms love him. Take for example when he first met his Uncle Dewey Moede, the station manager at KKIM Christian News and Talk in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Kramer accosted his uncle with kisses and wagging tails (very sanguine behavior for a canine) and Uncle Dewey loved it as captured by this photo:


Posted by on October 13th, 2011 No Comments

Word for Today – Titus 2:11-12

Be Trainable

My son’s have a phrase they love to tease me with: I do what I want. They periodically toss it my way with devious grins when I ask them to do something. I usually have a mommy comeback that yields the desired results because my boys are trainable.

Trainable. Many people, whether they are 2 or 92, resist training because, as my son’s phrase indicates, we do what we want to do. Being self-centered comes natural to the human heart, but Christians need to remember this:

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly” (Titus 2:11-12 NRSV).

By his grace, God brought salvation to the world. Not everyone accepts it, but for those who do we need to be trainable in the ways of the Lord. That is what it means to mature as Christians. (more…)

Posted by on February 8th, 2011 1 Comment

Word for Today – Give a Little Love!

Give a Little Love

I’ll get back to Philippians next week, but one more post of light, but important, fare. I’ve always heard a little love can go a long way, and after the Christmas season . . . I believe it!

One of our favorite Christmas movies is the Jim Carey version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I have the memory of a gold fish, so what struck me this season about the movie may touch my heart every time I watch it, but today I’m actually going to record my thoughts.

Anyone who knows anything about Mr. Grinch knows he as about as unlovable as they come. He also smells, has termites in his teeth, and is as tender as a seasick crocodile. Too bad people like that aren’t only in whimsical stories; they really DO exist. And, who better than Christians to give them a little love like Cindy Lou Who showed to the Grinch. She was the only one in Whoville who extended a loving hand to the unlovable grouch residing in a cave high on Mt. Crumpit.

But, a little love went a long way, and the Grinch ultimately succumbed to the emotion that had long been absent in his is miserable life. He even carved the roast beast at the Who Christmas celebration! The power of love is amazing.

Not only did the the Grinch movie illustrate the importance of love, but I’ve observed it in my house this holiday. And, at the risk of belaboring the event of adding a new dog to our home, I’d like to share how Kramer has also shown us the power of love.

Kramer was a little like the Grinch when he arrived in our home December 5, 2010. He definitely resembled the infamous green grouch in that he was very unruly and somewhat of a whirlwind (this was probably a result of not having a regular home for so long). Thankfully, unlike the Grinch, he was very people oriented.

Because of recent neuter surgery we had to wait a week before giving Kramer a proper bath. He wasn’t smelly like the Grinch, but we knew he wasn’t as clean as he could be.

Well, despite it all, we loved and showered Kramer with affection; we’ve seen a huge change in his behavior, but nothing as obvious as his interaction with our other two dogs. Newman didn’t/doesn’t have much use for Kramer; he frequently growls at his new brother. Needless to say,  it’s going to take a while for that bond to develop.

However, Cooper loves Kramer. There were a few rough moments at the beginning, but because Cooper is more accepting of the white flash zipping around the house, they have developed a precious bond. They wrestle. They share kisses. They chew on the same toy at the same time! They really enjoy each others company. That’s kind of how the Grinch’s story ends . . . and all because Cindy Lou Who shared a little love.

As we reflect on the past year and look forward to a new one, let’s strive to give a little love to everyone. Wait, let’s take it one step further and give a WHOLE lot of love!

Word for Today: Give a WHOLE lot of love!

Posted by on December 30th, 2010 2 Comments

Word for Today – Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Enjoy the Holidays

Thanks for visiting. I’ve been so busy with family, the Holidays, and, yes, the new dog, that I’ve not had much time to keep up with my blog.

My family and I had (and are having) a nice time together and enjoying each others company. I must say that Kramer, our new dog of three weeks, gave me a wonderful Christmas present…he has calmed down a little. Believe it or not, his first “not-SO-crazy” day was Christmas, and it carried over to today. I’m hoping it’s the gift that will keep on giving and giving and giving ALL through the year.

Not much else to report, but I hope to get back on schedule after the New Year. Until then, here are a few photos of our furry babies in their gay apparel.

This is Cooper and Kramer. Getting three dogs to pose in their festive collars that look like chew toys is not easy. We didn’t snap this shot before Newman had bounded out of the photos.

Newman decided to rejoin his brothers. So, in order it’s: Kramer, Cooper, and Newman. (The treats helped keep them sitting somewhat.)

This is, perhaps, the babies favorite breakfast . . . Puppy Pancakes. Actually, this was Kramer’s first experience with Puppy Pancakes, but it didn’t take him long to figure out something was up when Cooper and Newman started lurking around the stove acting like they had ants in their pants. I don’t know how they know, but even before we announce the menu, those two Welshes with keen noses (or something) know that pancakes are a-cookin’. I think Kramer is on to the special breakfast too and will have ants in his pants next time.

Word for Today: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy the Holidays with family and friends (and knowing that it all came about because the Savior who loves us so much was born to save the world.)

Posted by on December 27th, 2010 1 Comment

Word for Today – Philippians 3:12

You Are His Own

Now that we have a new dog in the house, I’m struck by the similarities I see between Kramer, a former pound puppy, and new Christians. The only history we know about Kramer is that he is a California boy who rode to northern New Mexico in an iron chariot with a crowd of other canines.

It is easy to tell that this happy-go-lucky pup has not been ill treated. He may even be a lost from another family because he is house broken. It doesn’t matter where he came from, because, bottom line, he ended up in an animal shelter nestled in the hills outside Santa Fe, and we made him our own.

“Not that I have already obtained this or have reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Jesus Christ has mad me his own. I do not consider that I have made it my own; this one thing I do; forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead” (Philippians 3:12-13 NRSV).

Just like new Christians who have been rescued from a lost state, Kramer is going through a similar adjustment.  He is trying to learn his place among two established dogs twice his size. (I must interject that he holds his own). He is learning that it is not acceptable to gnaw on the Christmas tree skirt and that socks are not to be haplessly dragged around the house. Just this morning he jumped on the coffee table and pounced on my head after being released from his kennel. He’ll learn the rules, but it’s going to take time.

The same holds true for new Christians. Most of them do not know the finer point of what many consider good Christian behavior. They are often thought of as unruly and judged for it. Maybe they use foul language or lack godly grace in a few areas. But, everyone needs to remember that Christianity is a journey, and no one is perfect on their first day.

New Christians go through a time of trial after they make a decision for Christ. Not only is the devil knocking on their door because he lost them to God, but seasoned Christians sometimes have a hard time accepting them. Newbies often don’t feel accepted during their awkward time of new growth and leave the church. Even though growling and tough love is acceptable in Kramer’s doggie world, new Christians need nurturing . . . not the harsh judgment of their more seasoned brothers and sisters. As newbies grow, they become better acquainted with the ways of the Christian life.

Until then, Christians need to remember that Jesus made us all “his own.” It doesn’t matter where we came from or what our past was like, we have a future with Jesus. We need to strain forward to what lies ahead, and that comes when we feel loved by those around us. Kramer is pressing forward to his new life with us as he learns new boundaries. Likewise, new Christians strain forward in their new life with Christ and need our love, patience, and guidance.

Last night my husband reminded Cooper, our oldest dog, that he was once the new-kid-on-the-block and received a few growls as a new pup. Sometimes seasoned Christians need a similar reminder: we were all new at some point. Jesus made us all his own, and loves every new Christian as they grow into their new life. He smiles down on those who remember that newbies need our love, not our judgment, as they strive toward their future in Him.

Word for Today: Whether you are new the Faith or a seasoned follower, always remember you are His own.

Posted by on December 9th, 2010 4 Comments

Word for Today – 3:7-8 Part 2

The Surpassing Values of Christ – Update

I wanted to do a quick update on Zach, the pound puppy from my December 3 post, “The Surpassing Value of Christ.” After a disastrous week of no open doors as I sought to see if Zach would be a candidate to bring into our home, I gave up.

I knew his forever family was out there somewhere and that they would find each other soon. But, each day I checked to see if Zach’s picture had been removed from the Santa Fe Humane Society site, indicating he’d been adopted, there he sat . . . day after day.

As Saturday, a busy day at the shelter, rolled around I was hopeful. Yet, on Saturday night,  his picture stared back at me from the computer screen. I was so sure he and his family would have met by then. Then on Sunday, something miraculous happened.

When I looked for his photos, it was gone! I couldn’t suppress the thankfulness in my heart because Zach no longer stared at me from the Internet . . . our gazes now met face-to-face because, on Sunday afternoon, we became his new family. To make a long, emotional, and miraculous story short, let’s just say the right doors opened at the right time. (more…)

Posted by on December 7th, 2010 4 Comments

Word for Today – Philippians 3:7-8

The Surpassing Value of Christ

I had to give something up this week, and I did not like it! Nothing serious like a habit. No, I had to let go of a desire. Actually, it was my desire for a little terrier-type pound puppy, named Zack, at the Santa Fe Humane Society.

I won’t give you all the details, but before I started my endeavor I prayed that God would open all the doors for the dog that was to join my family alongside our two Welsh Terriers, Newman and Cooper. It wasn’t to be.


Posted by on December 3rd, 2010 No Comments