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  1. Kevin H says:

    Does Miss Kitty know you wrote a post about a dog? 🙂

  2. Michael says:

    KevinH,

    Not yet…she only blogs after lunch. 🙂

  3. Paige says:

    Wow. A-MEN! Great post and observational parallel…. amen and amen….. I love this story and have the neck scars to prove it. Thanks.

    Reminds me of the illustration that Pastor Stanley Voke used speaking of the differences between a dog “owner” and The Master, with Whom, the dog walked close to w/o straying or needing to be yanked by the chain.

    I’m sure Miss Kitty doesn’t mind at all.

  4. Weighted Down says:

    Hmmm, THAT is what I’ve looked like for years now in several CCs.
    I’m being “trained!”
    I sure am glad Lonnie Frisbee, Mike McIntosh and many other screw-ups got to experience loving training.
    Now, you don’t got perfect family (wife + 2.5 kids), no baggage, etc., you’re screwed, or at least feel the weight of all our made-up rules NOT found in the Bible.

  5. dswoager says:

    Used properly the collar is made to be uncomfortable and not possible painful.

    My wife bought one of these several years ago at the recommendation of a friend, and tried it a few times with our crazy four legged friend. We saw some progress with her pulling whenever we would walk her, but much like yourself, she just couldn’t get over the look of the thing,it seemed so violent. It wasn’t long before it made it’s way into the trash.

    To this very day that dog still strangles herself when we take her on walks, and it is a failing of ours because we mistook something meant to train with something meant to injure.

    Much like that collar when we need trained, God is willing to make us uncomfortable. The problem comes in when people decide to use something that was intended to train in order to maim people.

  6. Michael says:

    dswoager,

    Good word…
    Thanks Paige, Jean…I’m out for the day.

  7. Paige says:

    Amen #6 dswoager. “Much like that collar when we need trained, God is willing to make us uncomfortable. The problem comes in when people decide to use something that was intended to train in order to maim people.”

  8. London says:

    I used a pinch collar on my Brittany all the time when we were out. He never once got hurt by it. He had a regular collar at home and in the car.
    People are fools to leave them on animals all the time. So easy for them to get injured.

  9. My neck hurts just looking at the picture. Good word, Michael!

  10. everstudy says:

    dswoager,

    Re: “To this very day that dog still strangles herself when we take her on walks, and it is a failing of ours because we mistook something meant to train with something meant to injure.”

    Try a Gentle Lead, it goes around the muzzle instead of the throat. We have one for our boxer (85 lb.) and it’s hard for him to pull when I have control of where he’s looking.

  11. dswoager says:

    everstudy, we actually have one, but it drives her insane. She was honestly a lot better with the prong collar than with the gentle lead. She would start thrashing about all over the place if we tried to use it. We moved to the ‘burbs and she has a back yard she can run around in as much as she wants, so it’s not as big of an issue as it used to be, but it does take a lot of effort to remind her of how she needs to behave when we do go on a walk with her. 🙂

  12. SJ says:

    Get one for Miss Kitty. That will show her not to stay out all night and expect to be fed at o dark hundred. 😉

  13. Jean says:

    If anyone gets dog and would like some easy tips to train a dog to heel on a loose leash, I can help.

  14. Jim says:

    Great parable, and glad to see you include us dog lovers. We’ve always had cats and dogs, and have one of each now. While I love them both, it’s a different kind of love, as I think cats are proof of extraterrestrials visiting earth at some point in the past…

  15. The Dude says:

    I love animals period…..seeing them abused and mistreated burns my stomach lining.Children being abused…hard to put that one into words.

  16. Muff Potter says:

    Love your teaching anecdotes Michael !! Keep em’ coming!

  17. filbertz says:

    Trigger carries his own leash in his mouth, and heels beside me. He is the most social dog I’ve ever been around, but takes his cues from me. He is completely motivated by time with me, occasional treats (which he’ll balance on his nose until given permission to devour), and anything to play fetch with. I’m convinced he thinks he’s one of my kids. To read about the ‘rescued’ dog in your piece makes me ill. She was better off in the desert. Didn’t Jesus say something similar to those who loved Rules–that they would take a proselyte and convert him into twice the son of hell he was before?

  18. London says:

    Those collars are not as painful as they look.
    I had my dog in obedience (like show level obedience) classes for a few years.
    Loads of us used those collars in training and when we went anywhere in public with the dog.
    But, we were also taught to take them off in the car or at home. A dog can get caught on something and rip themselves up with them.
    Used in the proper context, they are great tools.

  19. Surfer51 says:

    Dear weighted down,
    Around 1974 One of the men you mention had a wife who would say to her son,” …Hear my voice and obey me!

    (I have it on good authority from her neighbor who would cringe every time that statement was heard out there in Tustin way back around 1974 or so.)

    I wonder if an emotional collar was being tugged 🙂

  20. We eat something in the South called collard greens. Tastes good with vinegar on them.

  21. Pete Nelson at Costa Mesa?!!!
    I thought he was unofficially defrocked?
    http://calvarychapel.com/collaborators/pastor/bio/pete-nelson/

  22. Q says:

    Skid will probably never see a collar like that.

    http://youtu.be/DxZ_7qlqKY4

  23. Michael says:

    Pete was never defrocked.
    Pete left of his own volition.
    He’s helping there part time, it’s not a permanent position.

  24. Jim says:

    “We eat something in the South called collard greens. Tastes good with vinegar on them.”

    Had ’em last night with sweet potatoes, corn bread, and black eyed peas. #Merica

  25. Oh sweet goodness, Jim. You throw in a pork chop, I’m in heaven.

  26. Babylon's Dread says:

    There is only one story here… our mentor, blogger, guide…Michael is a caring and sensitive soul.. which is how he got here. He is also tough as rhino hide but that is evident most days.

  27. Q says:

    Michael,

    I read Pete Nelson’s resignation letter and it does not sound like he left on his own volition.

    Unless it is a different Pete Nelson.

  28. Michael says:

    Q,

    Petes resignation from ABQ was a different can of worms.
    Petros is one of my favorite people and I’m not going to discuss his situation much online.

  29. Michael says:

    Thank you for the kind words BD…unfortunately my hide is getting softer as I age…

  30. Q says:

    Michael,

    I do not want to open a can of worms, he just did not leave of his own volition.

    I’ll let it lie.

  31. Michael says:

    Q,

    Pete was forced out of ABQ…but he was never forced out of CC…he was and is highly regarded by many and what he has done in the years since has been by his choice.

  32. Q says:

    Sorry for the above, I posted the playlist, I meant this one

    Sometimes Michael’s blog looks like this.

    http://youtu.be/N1CbwnFk3EE

  33. Steve Wright says:

    LOL..good one, Q.

    And sometimes it sounds like this…

  34. Thanks you Michael for the update.
    I’ve never met Pete, but think his conduct was/in above board.
    I sure hope the Skipper doesn’t find out he’s serving even part time, wouldn’t want him to whip out his “leadership style” on poor Pete.

  35. Michael says:

    Weighted Down,

    Trust me, Pete is going to be just fine.
    I don’t speak about Petros out of respect for his privacy and all he’s been through.
    He was and is above board…Pete just lives for the Gospel.

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