by PamFord Davis

There are dogs and then there are DOGS! Each has a personality all of their own. Yes, I agree, some do act and look like their owners, or maybe the owner resembles the dog? Either way they are made for each other! Does your pooch make you laugh? Like children, they do the cutest things! It is said by health experts that owning a pet can lower your blood pressure. If that holds true, the laughter has to contribute to the cure!

Once upon a time there was a dog named Samson...He was owned by my friend, Pat. Samson would not qualify as a pure bred with a blood line certificate. No, he was just your average American family dog. Long shimmering hair, clean and always well groomed gave him a regal appearance. Samson made people laugh and our world needs more of that.

Why was he so funny? First of all Samson is just not your run of the mill curl up in the corner, see you at meal time dog. Did he pass an IQ test? There were no scientific experiments. All you needed to do was to look into his eyes! It seemed so eerie, as he could read your mind! Like most dogs Samson loved to play. As long as someone would toss him toys or small balls, he would chase and fetch, slipping and sliding across the living room floor! Long ago my husband Norm and I were visiting Pat and Samson provided the free entertainment. Norm tossed the ball several times and Samson proudly held everyones attention. After a while Norm slyly just pretended he threw the ball. Now the fun began! This very intelligent dog is put on the spot! He had a reputation to uphold! You throw it, I fetch it...Where is it? His eyes told the story of a frustrated dog and we were in stitches!

Do you remember the Beatles record album, "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts' Club Band"? It's release was well publicized. Pat and I were enjoying the music on her record player. Heard in one of the songs faintly in the background is the sound of a barking dog. Suddenly the popular fox hunt in England made a public appearance in America! Samson was like a hound dog in desperate pursuit of a fox, or in this case a dog nowhere in sight! Where did he go? He barked, he paced,he wanted that dog! Naturally, we kept teasing him; it was just too funny to stop! Keep those cameras rolling pet owners; record those silly moments. When life gets gloomy push the play button!

Devotionals are her first love in writing. Published articles in Mature Living Magazine, Devotions for the Deaf, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Coosa Journal, With God Daily, Mary Hollingsworth's The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter.

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