Friday, March 30, 2012


A comment I posted on a Facebook discussion about abortion:*

"What is human LIFE really? Is it all the cells in the body? Is it the heart? Is it the brain? It's not any one of those things, because you can have all of those things in a body, and still not have LIFE! The life is in the breath, which came directly from God at Creation (see Genesis 2:7).

When there is breath, there is LIFE. You might say, "Well, babies don't breath until they're born." But they do breath. Babies are connected to the mother by the umbilical cord, and through that cord the mother's breathing and pumping heart send oxygenated blood to the baby. This is the baby's way getting the oxygen he or she needs--the breath of LIFE! So, as long as the mother is breathing, that baby has LIFE!

And while there is life, there is potential. That baby could grow up to be a wonderful person, to save someone's life, or to lead a nation! If you don't want it, there are many people out there who do. Just as it is wrong to destroy LIFE after birth, so it is wrong to destroy unborn LIFE. It's not your life to decide whether or not to end it! It's the baby's God-given life!

I know that many of you won't agree with me, and that some of you may post negative comments towards me. But that doesn't matter! These are LIVES we're talking about! And I'm here to fight to save them! I'm not judging any of you! I can't stop what you do with your lives. But I hope and pray that I can at least stop one person from ending a LIFE that is not theirs to end!"

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; 
I ordained you a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5).

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Pics of Pups

Here's Nikki and her new babies. She absolutely adores them, and is being such a good mama that I'm very proud of her!

(If you can't see all the puppies, it's because the one puppy is laying somewhat on top of the fifth puppy.) Aren't they cute? Praise the Lord for five healthy babies! He's so good! 

Hey, does anyone have any name suggestions? I know it's a little early... but, hey, if you've got a good name idea, I just might pick it later! :-)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Ahhhh... a PERFECT ending to an AWFUL day!

Awful day:
5:30 am--Nikki woke me to let me know that she was in labor.
10:00 am--Nikki still in labor... no puppies appearing....
10:30 am--Nikki passed an empty sac that had just never taken. Hopefully the puppies will come now! Nope.
12:00 pm--When Nikki was examined, the tip of a puppy's head could be felt at the very end of the fingertips in the birth canal.
1:00 pm--Nikki having contractions... first puppy not moving down the birth canal....
4:00 pm--Still in labor... puppy not moving... getting very worried, but still trusting God!
6:30 pm--Begin calling vets just in case... Has now been over 12 hours of labor on and off....
7:00 pm--Vets are recommending doing a C-section. Worried!
7:30 pm--Finally contacted a vet who didn't have a jam-packed schedule!
8:00 pm--Taking Nikki to the vet for a C-section.

Perfect ending:
8:30 pm--Met the vet and his assistant--both very nice, friendly, down-to-earth, and understanding! Vet checked to see if he could get the stuck puppy out without a C-section. Not possible.
8:45 pm--Vet and assistant told us (Mom and I) that we could watch the C-section and help towel off the puppies as they are removed. Surprised and very happy! We thought we would be stuck in a waiting room! Nope! :-)
9:00 pm--C-section under way with us watching and eagerly waiting to help!
9:30 pm--First puppy removed.... Stillborn! :'-(
9:45 pm--Second puppy... a healthy, little boy! Praise the Lord!
10:00 pm--Puppy removal complete: total of 5 very healthy, happy little things (3 males, 2 females)! Hallelujah!
10:15 pm--Puppy care complete... all breathing well and moving around under heat lamp.... Nikki coming to after C-section...
10:30 pm--Putting puppies with Nikki to nurse... afraid she might reject them since she didn't have a natural birth.... Nikki licking her puppies! Good sign! YAY!
10:45 pm--Headed home after a very tiring, anxious, yet very happily-ended day! I can't thank the vet, his assistant, and the Lord enough!

Big News Release

Hey everyone! BIG NEWS RELEASE: Nikki has been pregnant for the last two months, and was due on April 1st (no fooling!). She went into labor at 5:30 this morning, and has been progressing ever since. I will post in a while with the total number of puppies in her litter. :-)

Did you ever see such a BIG belly??
She probably has 10 puppies in there! :-)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

PSEO Essay #2: Proposal

This is my second essay for my English Composition I class. I really enjoyed writing it, as I picked a topic that has personally affected me and that I am very passionate about. The purpose of a proposal essay is to propose a solution to a valid problem in the modern world. In this paper I had to research and use at least two credible sources to back up my statements. I chose to write about genetic diseases in dogs, and this paper earned a A (94%) from my teacher. I enjoyed writing it, and I hope you enjoy reading it!

Diminishing Doggie Disorders 

She was the perfect family pet: a beautiful Border Collie named Shasta.  The breeder informed us that Shasta’s purebred parents were not DNA tested for Hip Dysplasia, a common genetic disorder in Border Collies;  but she reassured us by saying, “Don’t worry! No one has ever complained about one of my puppies having any defects!”  So we purchased Shasta and later, without any thought of DNA testing her, bred her to a purebred Border Collie and had a litter of puppies.  Around this time, Shasta went through a couple of strange accidents.  She jumped for a ball and seemed to stumble on landing, limping and shaking with pain.  We took her to the vet, but he found nothing noticeably wrong with her.  After a few hours the pain passed and Shasta forgot all about her accident… that is, until it happened again with the same results.

Many purebred canines suffer from inbred genetic disorders such as hip and elbow dysplasia, eye diseases, glaucoma, heart diseases, and many others—some more native to certain breeds than others (Carricato, 1992).  The dogs inflicted needlessly suffer, and many owners who are ignorant of the problem, as we were, go on to breed their dog and thus pass these genetic disorders on through more generations.  There is a solution to the problem, however.  If dogs would be DNA tested and cleared of any genetic disorders that their breed is prone to before being bred, then many disorders would be diminished instead of spread.

Striving to eliminate genetic dog disorders can be carried out in two steps.  The first step should be taken by everyone who is buying a purebred puppy, even if that puppy is just a future family pet.  These potential owners need to make sure to buy a puppy from breeders who have DNA tested and cleared their dogs for common genetic diseases.  This is the easiest step in diminishing genetic diseases in dogs, but it does narrow the available field of puppies, as quite a few cheaply-priced dogs come from “backyard breeders” who failed to DNA test their dogs.  The second step only needs to be carried out by those who are planning to breed their dog.  These future breeders need to DNA test and clear their puppy, even if it comes from cleared parents.  Although expensive, this crucial step will help ensure that the future puppies will not inherit any genetic disorders. 

Some may wonder if this step is necessary when they have already purchased a puppy from tested and cleared parents.  Pruka (2005), who breeds and shows Border Collies and is on the health committee chair for the BCSA (Border Collie Society of America), explained that because genetic diseases are caused by recessive genes, “both parents can be free from the disease but still produce carrier and affected offspring” (as cited in Darnell, 2005, p. 75).  Consequently, puppies from already-tested parents need to be DNA tested and cleared as well to ensure that they do not carry and pass on any genetic diseases to more offspring.

Yet, as Pruka stated, there is always the possibility that even if both parents are tested and cleared of genetic disorders their puppies will still be carriers of the diseases.  So why even try?  Actually, this is the reason why DNA testing is so important.  Just because there are possibilities of genetic diseases does not mean people should stop trying altogether.  In fact, more precaution should be taken to combat the diseases.  If generation after generation of dog owners become aware of the genetic diseases of purebreds, and purchase puppies from tested parents only, and then test and clear those puppies before ever breeding them, over time they will eliminate the diseases.

There are two popular methods of DNA testing that vary in cost and procedure.  The OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) offers both of these methods through most veterinarians.  The first method is to send in a cheek swab sample that is analyzed for the genetic disease, and the second is to evaluate X-rays for any sign of the genetic disease.  The OFA (2010) showed that costs for either process range from between $30.00 to $60.00, although additional costs could be added by a veterinarian for the appointment or anesthesia during X-rays.  That may seem expensive to some, especially when they consider the fact that both the male sire and all female dams should be tested.  Yet, when compared to years of pain an afflicted dog may suffer—perhaps even dying at a young age—the price does not seem so high.  Indeed, no price can be put on having a pet live a long and happy life.

Many people might argue that DNA testing shouldn’t be bothered with since genetic disorders do not always affect the dog until later in life, when they’re getting old anyway.  In fact, some dogs may only be carriers of the genetic disease, and will never experience any adverse conditions from it.  This is a valid argument for those who own a dog that is just a household pet.  However, if a dog carriers a disorder, it will pass it on genetically to its offspring.  In this case, all breeding needs to stop and the dog needs to be fixed, regardless of whether or not it is personally affected by the disorder.

Breeding mix-breeds instead of purebreds is another possible and effective solution to inbred genetic disorders.  However, many people prefer the popular purebred breeds over mix-breed “mutts.”  Meyers-Wallen (2003), an associate professor of genetics and reproduction at Cornell University, wrote that people may favor purebreds because their behavior and appearance are reasonably predictable. She stated that as long as the purebred breeds are desired by the public “it is reasonable for us as specialists in veterinary clinical reproduction to facilitate production of healthy purebred animals” (p. 73).  DNA testing provides the solution that keeps the purebred breeds alive while continuing to eliminate the genetic disorders of inbreeding.

Some would argue that the best way to eliminate genetic diseases is by spaying and neutering all puppies before selling them so that their future owners cannot breed them.  However, these individuals fail to remember exactly how puppies are brought into the world in the first place.  Yes, they will eventually succeed in eradicating all genetic diseases, but in the process they will also eradicate dogs!  Spaying and neutering have their place though, and should definitely be done if a dam or sire is found to be a carrier of a genetic disease.

This is what we had to do after we finally had our Border Collie’s hips X-rayed and examined by the OFA.  We were shocked when the results showed that Shasta had a very bad case of hip dysplasia.  This explained her two painful jumping accidents as a puppy, which had probably temporarily dislocated her hips.  Since hip dysplasia is passed genetically from parent to offspring, we knew that we had to spay Shasta and could no longer enjoy raising her puppies.  A now-retired, five-year-old mother dog, Shasta’s hip dysplasia rarely bothers her.  But in her old age, this genetic disease will probably strike again, and we may have to lose our beautiful, loyal pet earlier than normal.  Not only that, but without meaning to, we have passed this painful disease on to other puppies, other homes, and other families.  If they choose to breed and have more puppies, the disease will be further spread, all because we failed to buy a puppy from DNA tested parents, and DNA test her before we bred her. 

The passing of genetic diseases from generation to generation doesn’t have to happen to other dog owners and breeders.  These painful genetic disorders among purebred dog breeds could eventually be eliminated if owners would buy puppies only from DNA tested and cleared parents, and always have their dogs DNA tested and cleared before breeding.  Those who fail to spend a small amount of time and money to do this actually make their dog pay the price in pain later.  And if they have bred their dog, then the genetic disorder has only been spread further, causing more pets and their owners to suffer.  Those who do take heed and DNA test purebred dogs will diminish inbred genetic disorders.  In doing so, they will preserve not only ancient and noble bloodlines, but also happy and healthy dogs.


Carricato, A. (1992). Veterinary notes for dog breeders. New York, NY: Howell.
Darnell, G. F. (2005). Herding group: Border Collies. AKC Gazette, 122(12), 75-76.
Meyers-Wallen, V. N. (2003). Ethics and genetic selection in purebred dogs. Reproduction in 
     Domestic Animals, 38(1), 73-76.
Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. (2010). OFA fee schedule. Retrieved from

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Powerful Prayer

"Our heavenly Father waits to bestow upon us the fullness of His blessing. It is our privilege to drink largely at the fountain of boundless love. What a wonder it is that we pray so little! God is ready and willing to hear the sincere prayer of the humblest of His children, and yet there is much manifest reluctance on our part to make known our wants to God. What can the angels of heaven think of poor helpless human being, who are subject to temptation, when God's heart of infinite love yearns toward them, ready to give them more than they can ask or think, and yet they pray so little and have so little faith? The angels love to bow before God; they love to be near Him. They regard communion with God as their highest joy; and yet the children of earth, who need so much the help that God only can give, seem satisfied to walk without the light of His Spirit, the companionship of His presence" (Steps to Christ, p. 94).

Did this convict you? It convicted me!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Grooming Nikki

Hello everyone! On Tuesday March 20th we took Nikki to the groomers to get her cleaned up and "prettied!" Here's some photos from the experience: 

Very dirty and matted! But I really like this pic! :-)
At the Groomers:
"I can't wait to get cleaned up!"
Buzzing off Nikki's "fleece."
The bluing bath.
Getting blow-dried.
Fine-tuning buzz.
Trimming: Cavachon style

What a BIG improvement! I love the little purple bow!
All sweet and pretty at last!

That was a fun day, and I think Nikki really enjoyed getting cleaned up! :-)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Check This Out!

Hey everyone! If you're at all interested in photography, but aren't very good at it (like me), you should check out this website the my brother, Theodore, designed! It's very helpful!

How to Take Better Photos

I hope this site helps you out, just like it's helping me out!

Monday, March 12, 2012

College Knowledge

I would encourage you, if you have the time, to read carefully through this post. It is actually taken from a reading assignment that I had in school, and I don't know of a better reading assignment I've had yet. As college students, it's very easy to get sidetracked as to our real purpose in gaining knowledge. I hope as you read this you are inspired, or even convicted, as I was.

This is taken from the book The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis, The Third Chapter entitled:

"The Doctrine of Truth."

"Happy is he to whom truth manifests itself, not in signs and words that fade, but as it actually is. Our opinions, our senses often deceive us and we discern very little. What good is much discussion of involved and obscure matters when our ignorance of them will not be held against us on Judgment Day? Neglect of things, which are profitable and necessary and undue concern with those which are irrelevant and harmful, are great folly.

"We have eyes and do not see.

"What, therefore, have we to do with questions of philosophy? He to whom the Eternal Word speaks is free from theorizing. For from this Word are all things and of Him all The Imitation of Christ, things speak—the Beginning Who also speaks to us. Without this Word no man under-stands or judges aright. He to whom it becomes everything, who traces all things to it and who sees all things in it, may ease his heart and remain at peace with God. 

"O God, You Who are the truth, make me one with You in love everlasting. I am often wearied by the many things I hear and read, but in You is all that I long for. Let the learned be still, let all creatures be silent before You; You alone speak to me.

"The more recollected a man is, and the more simple of heart he becomes, the easier he understands sublime things, for he receives the light of knowledge from above. The pure, simple, and steadfast spirit is not distracted by many labors, for he does them all for the honor of God. And since he enjoys interior peace he seeks no selfish end in anything. What, indeed, gives more trouble and affliction than uncontrolled desires of the heart?

"A good and devout man arranges in his mind the things he has to do, not according to the whims of evil inclination but according to the dictates of right reason. Who is forced to struggle more than he who tries to master himself? This ought to be our purpose, then: to conquer self, to become stronger each day, to advance in virtue.

"Every perfection in this life has some imperfection mixed with it and no learning of ours is without some darkness. Humble knowledge of self is a surer path to God than the ardent pursuit of learning. Not that learning is to be considered evil, or knowledge, which is good in itself and so ordained by God; but a clean conscience and virtuous life ought always to be preferred. Many often err and accomplish little or nothing because they try to become learned rather than to live well.

"If men used as much care in uprooting vices and implanting virtues as they do in discussing problems, there would not be so much evil and scandal in the world, or such laxity in religious organizations. On the day of judgment, surely, we shall not be asked what we have read but what we have done; not how well we have spoken but how well we have lived.

"Tell me, where now are all the masters and teachers whom you knew so well in life and who were famous for their learning? Others have already taken their places and I know not whether they ever think of their predecessors. During life they seemed to be some-thing; now they are seldom remembered. How quickly the glory of the world passes away! If only their lives had kept pace with their learning, then their study and reading would have been worth while.

"How many there are who perish because of vain worldly knowledge and too little care for serving God. They became vain in their own conceits because they chose to be great rather than humble.

"He is truly great who has great charity. He is truly great who is little in his own eyes and makes nothing of the highest honor. He is truly wise who looks upon all earthly things as folly that he may gain Christ. He who does God’s will and renounces his own is truly very learned."


Thursday, March 8, 2012

New Hairstyle!

Hey everyone! Here's some pictures of my brand-new hairstyle! I had fun getting my hair cut, and just after the dresser cut it and it was still wet it seemed fine, but after it dried, I noticed that she had done a rather choppy job.... She doesn't usually do that bad of a job. But, hey, it'll grow back. In the evening Daddy and I went to an old farm place where nobody lives anymore, and he took pictures of me beside all the old buildings. Also understand that it was very cold and windy out for these pictures, so I might look like I'm shivering, and my hair might be blowing all over the place in some, but I had fun taking the pics with Daddy, and he got a couple that I really like!

Random photos with all the farm buildings....

NOTE: It was very windy and very cold out, so if I look all shivery and my new hairdo is blowing everywhere... that's why! :-)

And here's my personal favorite...

And since it was Daddy's birthday on the day we took the pictures, I asked him if we could do something special. Here's what we got, my other favorite:

Happy Birthday to the most wonderful man in my life! You'll always be THE BEST, Daddy!

Monday, March 5, 2012


Praise the LORD!!!! I am very happy to announce that my second children's book, The Prodigal Pup, has been accepted for publication through TEACH Services (the publisher of my first book, Learning Lessons...). I hope to have this book on the market before the end of this year, 2012. God is soooo good!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Deeper Meaning

Everyone has heard the phrase "Count your blessing," but I'd like to show you a deeper meaning to this phrase:

All throughout God's word, He commands His children to come out from the world and be separate from the things of the world. As Christ's followers, we are to deny self, take up our crosses daily, and follow Him to Calvary, where He was crucified--just as we are to crucify self every day.

But this is not very easy to do. When one is attached to the pleasures that the world has to offer, and the smooth, wide, easy path that the world offers, the straight and narrow way seems rough indeed to travel. But that is where Satan has dimmed the eyes of his followers. For, if we would look into God Word, we would find that it is filled with hundreds of promises and blessings that will be poured out on those who follow Christ to Calvary. I would list them here but there are just too many. I encourage you to search them out for yourselves!

The next time you feel that taking up your cross is just "too hard," and it will cause you to "miss out" on too many "pleasures" this world has to offer... think again! Open your eyes and see what God really offers to those who follow Him! It is not just a path of hardship and self-denial! There will be days of hardship and trail, but He promises that He will walk with us every step of the way, carry our burdens, and give us His easy yoke and light burden. Instead of dwelling remorsefully on the few soon-ending pleasures this world can give you, count the blessing that God wants to give you! Which would be a better path to choose?

"Choose for yourselves this day, whom you will serve.... 
But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD!"
(Joshua 24:15)