Wednesday, May 30, 2012

"We're All Ready!"

Hello everybody! The puppies are now 9 weeks old and all ready to go to their new families! Two puppies left just today--Jay and Chickadee. But Kestrel, Lark, and Phoebe are still around, and what's more, Larky-boy is STILL AVAILABLE! Here's some highlights of our weekly photo shoot, and, like always, you can view the individual pictures on our Available Pups page. Enjoy!

This week I did all the photos in our van to help the puppies say, "We're ready to go to our new homes!" :-)

I got two group photos that I really liked:
"When you'll gonna come take us home?
We're gettin' tired of waitin'!" :-P

Of course, two puppies make the perfect pose, and I just manage to catch it... only to realize that I forgot to turn on my flash! Well, what else could I do but crank up all the settings in my photo editor, and turn those pictures into really "old", grainy, discolored photos. And, what do you know, these two turned out to be my favorite photos from the whole shoot! :-)



Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Time has Come...

...For the puppies to start going to their new homes and owners. They are 8 weeks old today. It's a bittersweet time. We're very sad to see them go--we love them all so much--but at the same time, we're very happy with the wonderful homes and new families they're going to!

But, for those of you who are thinking that you've missed out on a puppy, I've got good news: You haven't! We still have one puppy available! Lark is the baby of the bunch. He loves to be pampered and petted. He also the curliest, so that's why I call him my teddy bear. :-) See our Available Pups page for updated individual pictures, and enjoy these random ones from our 8-week-old photo shoot:

But first, don't forget the weekly group photo:

Lark, Jay, Kestrel, Phoebe, and Chickadee.

Chickadee-girl! Soon to be Lola Petunia! :-)

Three best friends and a sleepy-head!
Kestrel, Phoebe, and Chickadee.

DeeDee again.

My Larky-boy. Still available!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Seven Weeks

Hello everyone! The puppies are now seven weeks old, and they can start going home with their new owners in just one more week! Are you all excited? I know I'm very happy with all the good homes that these puppies are going to be going to. But for those of you who feel like you're missing out on all the fun, it's not too late yet! We still have one puppy left available: Lark! We've have about four people interested in him right now, but no one has made a definite decision about him, so you can jump on your chance to add a sweet, loving puppy to your family.

Today all the puppies had a bath, got brushed and trimmed around the eyes, and then had their de-worming and their first round of shots! They are now all up-to-date on their shots and de-worming, almost ready for their new homes--just one more week of wait!

After their up-to-dating, we had our weekly photo shoot. Here's this week's group photo:

In the baby buggy! :-)
Jay, Chickadee, Kestrel , Lark, and Phoebe.

If you want to see individual pictures, just go to our Available Pups page on my website. If you have any questions, Contact Us right away! :-)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Six-week-old Pictures

Week six already! I can hardly believe it! In just a few more weeks the puppies will all be in their new homes! Well, here's the six-week-old pictures that you've all been waiting for!

Group picture on the swing!


Cute li'l' Chickadee

Inquisitive Jay

Teddy-bear Lark

All the puppies love our Border Collie, Shasta!

 Both females are basically spoken for now, and we have someone interested in our male, Jay. So, if any of you are interested in a puppy, you'd better jump on your chance now! :-) Check for more info on our puppy blog at:

Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Date of the Exodus

Here's one more essay for you all to read, but this one is from a different PSEO class--Old Testament Archaeology. This one essay is the only one that we did for the whole semester in this class. It is a research paper written about a controversial topic; in my case, the date of the Exodus. OT Archaeology class was so interesting! My teachers showed that there is actual historical and archaeological proof for the Bible, and it was so neat! I wish all of you could have had a chance to do this class--I think you would have enjoyed it as much as I did! Well, at least I hope you enjoy reading my essay. It earned an A (95%) from my teacher.

Sooner Rather Than Later

You could feel the tension and excitement in the air even before the sun had risen.  Parents called to one another.  Children laughed and shouted.  Flocks and herds were everywhere, adding to the bedlam of noise.  Finally, after decades of enslavement, God’s chosen people, the Israelites, were leaving Egypt.   There are many who believe that the exodus did not take place at all.  However, if one believes in the accuracy of Bible, there is no doubt that the exodus did indeed take place.  The question then is when did it take place?  There is an overwhelming amount of Biblical, historical, and archaeological evidence to prove that the exodus occurred in 1446 B.C. under Pharaoh Amenhotep II.

First of all, there is Biblical evidence of an early date exodus.  Bryant Wood, a director of research at the Associates of Biblical Research, said that “The date of the Biblical exodus-conquest is clear.  1 Kings 6:1 and 1 Chronicles 6:33-37 converge on a date of 1446 B.C. for the exodus.”[1]  Wood further supported the early date exodus by using 1 Chronicles 6:33-37 to show that “there were 19 generations between Moses and Solomon, not 12.”[2]

The passage in 1 Kings 6:1 is quoted as follows:
And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel had come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the Lord.
Wood said, “The 480 years of 1 Kings 6:1 should be taken as a scientifically precise number.”[3]  It is easy to see, then, that the fourth year of King Solomon’s reign took place exactly four hundred and eighty years after the exodus.

History Professor Dr. Charles Aling of Northwestern College explained the mathematics involved to produce the early date of 1446 B.C.  Using the date of 966 B.C. as the fourth year of Solomon, he maintained that the departure of the Israelites from Egypt happened in the fifteenth century B.C.[4]

However, those who believe in the late date of the exodus, around 1200 B.C., under Pharaoh Ramses II, can produce what seems to be Biblical support for their position as well.  The professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern History and Archaeology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, James Hoffmeier, explained that the evidence for the late date exodus is found in Exodus 1:11, which mentions a city that apparently bears Ramses II’s title.[5] Again, in another article, Hoffmeier continued, “Since it was known from Egyptian texts that… Ramses II (1279-1213 B.C.) had built a new city in the northeastern delta named Pi-Ramesses (‘House or Domain of Ramesses’), it logically followed that the exodus occurred… later in the 66-year reign of Ramses.”[6]

Wood responded to that argument with this information:  “When a later name is editorially inserted into a passage that is chronologically earlier than the time of the name change, the editor simply replaced the earlier name with the later name in the majority of cases.”  Wood showed that the name Ramses occurred long before the actual reign of Ramses II.  “It was coined in ca. 1270 B.C. and clearly was used proleptically in Genesis 47:11 and Exodus 1:11.”  Wood concluded by citing the cities of Bethel, Dan, and Hormah as other examples of cases in which “the redactor did not include the earlier name.”[7]

Not only can the early date exodus advocates produce Biblical support, but also historical evidence.  By a careful study of the rulers and events around the time of the early date for the exodus, one can find correlations that are not present during the late date years.  In a lecture given at Northwestern College, history professor Clyde Billington gave the following examples[8]:  Hatshepsut, who ruled Egypt from 1504-1482 B.C., could very well have been the mother of Moses.  Her son-in-law, Thutmosis III, was not on very good terms with his mother-in-law, and smashed many of her statues.  His actions could have been prompted out of jealousy of Moses. 

Also in his lecture, Billington spoke of Amenhotep II, the son of Thutmosis III, who reigned from 1453-1415 B.C.  For the first seven years of his reign, he went on many military campaigns.  Suddenly, around 1446 B.C., those campaigns ceased for no apparent reason.  However, an obvious answer comes to us in Exodus 15:4:  “Pharaoh’s chariots and his army He has cast into the sea; His chosen captains also are drowned in the Red Sea.”  There is some debate among scholars as to whether the pharaoh himself was drowned in the Red Sea;  but, aside from that point, it is obvious that his army and captains were, which certainly would have dampened further military crusades.

Lastly, there are archaeological discoveries that back up the historical evidence for the early date exodus.  It is a historical fact that Thutmosis IV, the son of Amenhotep II, was not actually the first born son of this pharaoh.  Did the first born son die during the tenth plague on Egypt?  The archaeological finding of the Unknown Man E, whom some archaeologists believe to be the mummy of the first born son, indicates this possibility. 

Professor of History at Northwestern College, Clyde Billington, stated that “Everything about Unknown Man E and his unusual burial fits the events associated with the exodus.”  He then went on to list that the Unknown Man E died during the Eighteenth Dynasty in Egypt as a young man of about 23 to 24 years of age, which fits the time period of the early date exodus.  He died of an unknown cause, although his posture, facial expression, and cloth-bound limbs suggest some sort of agonizing convulsions.  This man was wrapped and buried hastily in a sheepskin, which matches the haste of the pharaoh to chase after and recapture the Israelites.  Billington concluded by saying, “While there is and probably never will be any certain proof, I believe that the circumstantial evidence strongly indicates that Unknown Man E was the first-born son of Pharaoh who died at the time of the exodus.”[9]

Another archaeological discovery that supports the early date exodus is the Tel-Amarna Letters.  These letters were sent to Pharaoh Akhenaton by kings in the Canaanite area who complained of being attacked by a people called the Habiru.  Wood expounded further on this subject.  “The 'apiru of the highlands of Canaan described in the Amarna Letters of the mid-14th century B.C. conform to the Biblical Israelites.”  Wood also mentioned the Merneptah Stela, made by Ramses II’s son, Merneptah.  Wood continued, “Since the Israelites under Deborah and Barak were able to overthrow the largest city-state in Canaan in ca. 1230 B.C. and the Merneptah Stela indicates that Israel was the most powerful people group in Canaan in ca. 1210 B.C., it stands to reason that the 'apiru who were taking over the highlands in the previous century were none other than the Israelites.”  Then Wood stated that “This evidence, if it holds up to further scrutiny, would also support a 15th-century B.C. exodus-conquest rather than a 13th-century B.C. timeframe.”[10]

Not only is there Biblical evidence for an early-date exodus in 1446 B.C., but also historical and archeological proof.  Verses such as 1 Kings 6:1 and 1 Chronicles 6:33-37, historical hints of an exodus during the fifteenth century, and actual archeological findings like the Unknown Man E, Tel-Amarna Letters, and Merneptah Stela are all important indicators of an early date exodus.  Because of a lack of evidence for the thirteenth-century exodus, supporters of the late date exodus give Bible critics room to say that the exodus never even occurred.  Yet when one believes that the exodus happened sooner, rather than later, faith in the accuracy of God’s word can be strengthened!


Aling, Charles F. . "Some observations on the date of the exodus." n.d. 5 May 2012.
Billington, Clyde. Pharaohs of the exodus. n.d. Lecture.
—. "The mummy of the first-born son of pharaoh." 2002. Presented at the 2002 Meeting of the Near East Archaeological Society.
Hoffmeier, James K. "Rameses of the exodus narratives is the 13th century B.C. Royal Ramesside Residence." Trinity Journal (2007): 281-289.
—. "What is the Biblical date for the exodus? A response to Bryant Wood." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 50(2) (2007): 225-247.
Wood, Bryant G. "The Biblical date for the exodus is 1446 BC: A response to James Hoffmeier." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 28(2) (2007): 249-258.
—. "The rise and fall of the 13th-century exodus-conquest theory." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 50(2) (2005): 475-489.

[1] Wood, Bryant G. "The Biblical date for the exodus is 1446 BC: A response to James Hoffmeier." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 28(2) (2007). p. 258.
[2] Wood, Bryant G. "The Biblical date for the exodus is 1446 BC: A response to James Hoffmeier." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 28(2) (2007). p. 253.
[3] Wood, Bryant G. "The Biblical date for the exodus is 1446 BC: A response to James Hoffmeier." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 28(2) (2007). p. 253.
[4] Aling, Charles F. . "Some observations on the date of the exodus." n.d. 5 May 2012. para. 2.
[5] Hoffmeier, James K. "Rameses of the exodus narratives is the 13th century B.C. Royal Ramesside Residence." Trinity Journal (2007). p. 282.
[6] Hoffmeier, James K. "What is the Biblical date for the exodus? A response to Bryant Wood." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 50(2) (2007). p. 232.
[7] Wood, Bryant G. "The Biblical date for the exodus is 1446 BC: A response to James Hoffmeier." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 28(2) (2007). pp. 250, 252.
[8] Billington, Clyde. Pharaohs of the exodus. n.d. Lecture.
[9] Billington, Clyde. "The mummy of the first-born son of pharaoh." 2002. Presented at the 2002 Meeting of the Near East Archaeological Society. para. 61.
[10] Wood, Bryant G."The rise and fall of the 13th-century exodus-conquest theory." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 50(2) (2005). p. 489.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

PSEO Essay #4: Observation

Hello all! This is my fourth and final essay for my English Composition I Class. I'm so happy! This essay was a little different than the others, in that it was supposed to be based all on observations and interviews, and on no research and no past experience (unless used as flashbacks). It also had a more limited word count--only 750-1000 instead of 1200+. But I had a blast doing my very fist interview as the interviewer, and had a lot of fun writing this as well. It earned an A (95%) from my teacher.

Part of the Family 

The Watkins Veterinary Clinic sign greeted me as I pulled up in front of the small, smart-looking building.  The remembrance of my first experience at this vet clinic warmed my heart.  My dog had been in labor and needed a Caesarean section ASAP.  One vet clinic we had called became very nosy when they found out we had bred our dog.  Another couldn’t possibly fit us into their terribly tight schedule.  When we called the Watkins Clinic, we were immediately impressed when their kind and understanding receptionist reassured us that they no matter what happened they would delivery our puppies—even if they had to come to our house!  During the C-section, we were even more surprised when we were told that, rather than sitting in a waiting room or watching anxiously from behind a glass window, we would actually be helping clean and dry off the puppies as they were delivered.  The vet and his assistant stayed at the clinic long after business hours for the C-section.  All-in-all, the Watkins Veterinary Clinic treated us with the utmost care and respect—just as if we were family.

It is nice to find a veterinary clinic where the owners and pets are valued and respected.  Many vets only seem to only care about raking as much money out of you and your pet as possible.  However, the Watkins Veterinary Clinic’s policy is different.  Their website states, “Our goal and policy is to treat our clients as we would treat our families, and to treat our client’s animals as though they were our own.”

Cool, invigorating air washed over me as I stepped into their lobby.  I could hear faint radio music mixed with the annoying yap of a small dog in some back room.  I nervously told the receptionist that I had come for my interview with the veterinarian.  Soon a short, stout man welcomed me and introduced himself as the veterinarian, Dean.  “Clinic’s been here since around 1980,” he informed me in his hesitant, high-pitched voice.  I asked him if he thought that their customer treatment policy had helped their business at all.  “Everyone’s different, so we appeal to certain people. We’re a little more homey.

By now I had forgotten my nervousness, and was feeling quite at ease.  Dr. Dean invited me into the little surgery room.  A stocky lady with a laughing smile was giving a hysterectomy to an anesthetized Dachshund.  She assured me that she was used to having people watch her in surgery.  I asked Dr. Dean why their clinic allowed people to freely view surgeries and why other clinics often don’t.  He explained that the bigger clinics might have more liability issues.  “Suppose you fell and hit your head and fainted!” he said.  “They would say, ‘Why did you have her in there?’  We take some liberties.  If you feel faint, sit down please!

Having other duties to finish, Dr. Dean left me watching the surgeon, Miranda, at work.  I questioned her as to what was different about this clinic versus other clinics.  She answered that she enjoyed having multiple vets and technicians working together to bounce ideas off of and to create a more flexible schedule.  “It’s a good working environment here!” she informed to me in her bright voice.  “Most employees have worked here for at least a couple of years, which, for me, was also appealing.  There must be a reason for sticking around at this clinic.”

Miranda announced that she and the other staff all got along pretty well.  “We try to be one big, happy family.”  Miranda and the other workers who were next door in the treatment room talked and laughed with each other as they worked.  An appointment for a cat named “Kitty #6” gave the staff a few chuckles.  When I asked Jen, a vet tech, what she liked best about working at this clinic, she stated emphatically that “I like everything!”

The treatment room, cluttered with papers and equipment, contrasted distinctly with the neatness of the rest of the building.  Still, I felt a certain relaxed and informal appeal to it—not the typical sterilized, “don’t-touch-anything” feel that many clinics have.  A white board on the wall by the door asked in orange marker, “Techs: would anyone be able to work Sat. June 2nd?  Please let me know.  Thanks!”  A computer listing upcoming appointments sat on a desk amid jumbled files and papers.

I left the staff to their tasks, and headed back into the lobby.  A stuffed, cloth tick hanging from the ceiling caught my eye.  Colorful advertisements were taped to the front of the receptionist’s desk.  Treats that would make any dog’s mouth water sat on the desk in a jar painted with colorful paw prints.  A placid dog on a leash poked his head lazily out of the office doorway.

A bell toned as the front door opened.  A customer entered and immediately went over to pet the dog on the leash.  Instead of a formal greeting, the receptionist gave the lady a big hug!  After finishing her business, the customer turned to leave.  I intercepted her and politely asked what her experience at the Watkins Clinic had been.  In a soft, almost loving tone, she remarked, “The vets have done a lot of surgery on three of my cats.  They really care.  It’s about what’s in their hearts that makes them beautiful,” she mused.  “They were very understanding when I had to put a cat to sleep.  I can say nothing bad about them!

I left the Watkins Veterinary Clinic that day fully convinced that this was a place where I and my pets would be respected and well cared for.  I could tell that they cared about their customers, that they cared about each other, and that they cared about the animals.  Vet clinics where you can feel right at home are quite rare, but at the Watkins Veterinary Clinic, I feel like part of the family!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

1/2 Way to 10 Weeks!

Hello everyone! The puppies are now 5 WEEKS OLD!! I can hardly believe! They are so cute, so energetic, and SO sweet! They've been enjoying spending their days out in the sunshine outside. They're whelping pen has been getting just a little too small for them, and is only used at night.

All right! Here's some pics from the photo shoot!

Lark, Phoebe, Kestrel, Jay, and Chickadee.
Lark, Phoebe, Chickadee, Jay, and Kestrel.

We're excited as we've had some wonderful people interested the puppies. We'd be so glad if they all go to such good homes!