Not long ago my wife planted strawberry plants around the outskirts of our raised wading pool. We thought the location would deter the animals as well as form a nice looking exterior wall. You see, strawberries grow very fast around here; they like the sandy soil and the bright sunshine.
Well, the plants started producing very quickly, and we noticed they were turning from a pale color to tinges of red very quickly. But I found something strange happening.
Every morning when I would check them, I noticed that the ones which were approaching maturity were gone. We knew that some wild animal, maybe a squirrel, possum or even a raccoon was getting into them since these animals are abundant. But then I thought about it and decided that couldn't be the cause.
At various intervals during the night, I routinely turn out my Great Dane, Kaz, and my rat terrier, Molly, who are inseparable and must be cloned from Mutt and Jeff. They patrol the internal yard areas around the barn and house. They vigorously pursue the various "varmints" around here and keep them from creating havoc with our feed storage.
No matter how careful we are, these critters keep coming back, and we've found that only their fear of the dogs keeps them away. We have been quite successful lately, and since I am often up at all hours with my writing, it is a workable solution. Plus the dogs love the outside in the cooler air of the night.
So what is causing the problem? Who is the thief? My wife would soon find out.
Early one morning she watched the dogs and found Molly helping herself to the luscious, if small berries. The little rascal was picking out the ripe ones and digging in. Who would imagine that a rat terrier would have a sweet tooth for strawberries?
Well, let's just say that Molly underwent a slight attitude adjustment session with her mistress, who loves her dearly, and I will keep my fingers crossed on the outcome. But I had to laugh when it was over, so I guess it's not all bad.
And I write about this because we all need to look at things around us for what they are. Dogs do what dogs do and their love and playfulness is good for the soul. And since laughter is the best medicine, find something in your life each day which will at least make you smile. Remember, God wants us to enjoy life and be happy.
Have a wonderful Saturday and enjoy God's blessings.
(Picture courtesy of Yahoo search, free pictures. Will soon be replaced with picture of Molly)