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Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, (2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.)
        Hebrews 12:1-2
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Dog: Man's Best Friend, Runner's Worst Enemy

Continued....


And so as I sat there, cursing the two mutts, I came up with a plan. I would throw the dogs' toys as far away as I could into the grove, then make a run for it while they were distracted. So I threw, and I ran as fast as I could down the driveway, but I only got so far when both dogs were on my heels once again. I sighed and headed back to the house. I couldn't just let them follow me! By now it was getting dark, not to mention pretty cold. Each minute that passed made my frustration build up even more, the fact that I was pretty much helpless was too much for me. I like to be in control, but I guess God wanted to have some fun today. Speaking of God, I began having an out-loud conversation with Him as I tried to figure out how the heck I was gonna get out of here. "God, I really don't get your sense of humor, 'cause this isn't any fun. Help me out here? I could really use some magic right now, or something. At least show me some kind of sign that you're here, because I don't know what to do."


I stood up and shuffled over to a tree, leaning against it when I felt my foot hit a small object. I looked down and I kid you not, there was a chain wrapped around the tree with a dog clip attached to it. I shrieked in relief and excitement, thanking God a million times over as I dragged the yellow lab over to it, clipping him to the chain and doing a little dance just out of his reach as he barked furiously at me. Now I could escape! But alas, this was not to be, as the other mangy dog was still sticking to my side like glue. She was quite a sweetie, but not very fast and had a slight limp. I decided to use that to my advantage, throwing her ball as far as I could and turning to sprint down the driveway once again. As I flew down the gravel, I glanced back and saw the mutt chasing after me, albeit quite a ways behind. I knew she would keep following, so I took a leap of faith....literally. I jumped from the driveway and rolled into the ditch, James Bond style, dashing into the thicket of the corn. As I crouched down and waited, I saw her trot past, pausing to take a sniff, and continue. When she finally went back home, I let out the breath I had been holding. I army crawled through the corn, just to be safe, until I reached the end of the driveway via cornfield. "Hasta la vista suckers!" I sprang up and ran home, praising the Lord the whole way.


So what did we learn from this? 1) Don't trust your neighbor's dogs. 2) God gives you loopholes. 3) I got a great sprint workout. Email me your crazy dog or any animal encounters you've had during your runs and your story might end up on this blog!!


Happy Trails!

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1. Greg | September 28, 2012 at 04:06 PM EDT

So... how long was your encounter with the dynamic duo? :) Glad to hear that you were able to \"outsmart\" a couple of dogs. ;) Love the story.

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