What About Our Furry Friends?

Eventually, there is the question…what about my pets?  We love our pets.  They are as much a part of our family as any other relative.  We love them.   They take on human qualities.  They have personality.  They feel, they love, they hurt.  We see them as we see ourselves.  When we write fiction, pets are some of our favorite characters.  Whether it is Charlotte’s Web, Where the Red Fern Grows, The Call of the Wild, Animal Farm, White Fang , The Tale of Despereaux, or Stuart Little.  Our furry family members are an integral part of our lives.  Which begs the question, do we draw this bond from some of the biblical stories.  The Bible has several prominent animals within its tales, the serpent in the garden of Eden, Noah’s Ark, Jonah and the Whale, Daniel and the Lions to name a few. photo

Isiah 11:6-9 discusses how naturally opposed animals will live together in heaven:

The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
and a little child will lead them.
The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

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But it is difficult to find a story of our pets.  Does that matter?  I like to think that it doesn’t, because what the old book has more than any other tale are stories of love.  How we should love our neighbor, our family, and our enemies.  So when you really think about it there are a ton of biblical stories about pets, because they are our family and that is love.  As always I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts on stories featuring pets and whether we draw those relationship from Biblical themes!

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Posted on April 26, 2013, in Books, Movies and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Spike Cordiner

    I’ve been thinking about this, trying to come up with a book in which a character’s pets feature prominently without the story being specifically about those pets. There aren’t many that spring to mind.

    That said, Dean Koontz has written the few that I could think of. Both ‘Fear Nothing’ and ‘Seize the Night’ feature a main character (Christopher Snow) who describes himself as having only three real friends. One of these is his dog (Orson) and both of them go out of their way to look after, help and defend each other several times in the books. It becomes apparent that both of these characters (and Orson is a pretty well-developed character) recognise each other’s faults and foibles and manage to forgive those to stay firm friends.

    It strikes me that that’s pretty much the essence of what a friendship should be, whether one is religious or not 🙂

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