Feb 8, 2008

A heavenly kiss...

When I was growing up, my sister would kiss our dog, Beau. I could never bring myself to do that. I'd seen what dogs put into their mouths and it didn't seem very sanitary. My sister informed me that "dogs have cleaner mouths than humans... For years, I believed this myth.


But Marty Becker, author of "Chicken Soup for the Dog Owner's Soul," disagrees. "They raid the garbage can. All you got to do is look, watch, smell and you'll realize that that is not true." But Becker does concede that the bacteria living in a dog's mouth won't affect humans and vice-versa. He points out that there is much more possibility of transmission of staph or strep between humans. His advice, "Bottom line -- you're more likely to get a serious illness from kissing a person than kissing a dog. But since dogs do transmit some germs, keep the vaccines current. Good external parasite control, good internal parasite control. You're going to be good to go." Great. All I have to do is keep up on my shots and I can kiss the dog. I'd rather skip the whole thing.


But it's good that some firefighters in Florida didn't feel that way. On Tuesday, firefighters in Kissimmee responded to a call. A fire had started in the laundry room of a local house and the smoke had risen to the upstairs apartment. It was there that the firefighters found several animals who were suffering from smoke inhalation. The firefighters began to perform CPR and mouth to mouth on the dogs. They were taken to a local animal hospital for observation. My sister would be proud.


In some ways we are like dogs. We wallow in the trash can of sin. God surely doesn't like where our lives have been. Yet He still reached out and kissed us with His only begotten Son, Jesus. And we, too, have been saved from the ultimate fire. It almost makes me want to kiss my dog. Emily... Come here Emily...



Pastor David Hook

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