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Topic: Reward (09/27/04)

TITLE: Petinka's Pleasure
By Joanne Malley
09/28/04

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Petinka, our high-maintenance poodle is a recent graduate of Miss Clementine’s Charm School where she’s learned many new tricks. She has been incessant about her display of academy award performances. If a dog’s face could show human expression, hers would be that of pure pleasure!

Her need to perform and be rewarded has overshadowed her love of pleasing me. I’ve been without a personal slipper gofer for quite some time due to her newfound interest in the performing arts!

Little does she know that her obedience to me would bring her greater rewards than doggie treats. I would be a much more loveable master if she focused less on rewards and more on doing what’s expected. Obedience brings great rewards; Jeremiah 7:23, NIV. Luckily for her, canine status excuses her!

In an attempt to show off her newest skills, no prompts are needed for her to grace the spotlight. Without encouragement, she raises herself on her hind legs and prances in a circle of pride. Her loud yapping is the way she gets my attention to watch.

Her expectance of a reward has become a selfish focus. I’m tired of strutting into the kitchen to fetch another canine cookie. She’s the dog; she’s supposed to do the fetching! She’d better reconsider her ways, for I can certainly reward her with time out in the doghouse!

Petinka’s attitude needs an adjustment and I plan to dial the doggie trainer to undo the damage she has done. Miss Clementine was rather snooty herself; I hope she doesn’t get snippy when I ask her what she’s done to my sweet little bundle of fluff!

Like Petinka, we humans need to be cautious about our focus on rewards. Earthy rewards are enticing, but the greatest rewards are intangible and received as a gift; like the eternal salvation God bestows upon us for our genuine faith.

I’m grateful to Petinka for allowing me to see through her misguided focus. Because of her poor behavior, I am reminded to look to God for my spiritual rewards. They are given to me everyday when I count my blessings. No earthly rewards will ever compare.

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“Rrrrrfff, rrrrrfff.”

“Oh, no, there she goes again!” This time she’s playing dead!”

“That’s it! I’m not fetching another treat!”

“Do you think Miss Clementine can teach her to fetch her own rewards too?”


Member Comments
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Teresa Lee Rainey10/04/04
Joanne, that was such fun... and a great lesson too.
Lynda Lee Schab 10/04/04
Ooohhh, Joanne! This was great! Loved the analogy between the dog & her master and us & our Master.
Great job!
Love, Lynda

P.S. Petinka - love that name!
John Hunt10/04/04
Jo,
Wonderful article,and ain't it the truth. Aren't we like puppies sometimes? - eager for treats that are quickly devoured and easily forgotten!
Great reminder to count our blessings everyday!
Glenda Lagerstedt10/04/04
I loved this one. Great job, great humor, great analogy!
Lucian Thompson10/04/04
My…I believe you have my dog at your home. Sounds like mine anyway! Fun article!
Marcell Billinghurst10/05/04
What wonderful humorous story about your dog and the lessons you learnt through her life and antics. Well done. God bless you from Marcell
darlene hight10/07/04
Decided to take a look and see if you submitted one for this week. What a treat! I'm a huge animal lover and my dog also has me nicely trained.
Melanie Kerr 10/08/04
An excellent application. I think we all get into the trap of spiritual party tricks at times and forget about doing what ahs been asked of us.
L.M. Lee10/08/04
too precious! ha-ha!