My Dog Has Fleas*

by kensneed2 on June 14, 2013

Joey, the dog with no fleas!Not really.

Not this dog. A beautiful, rescued chocolate Lab (as far as we know . . . no AKC registration papers on rescue dogs).

About 25 years ago, we adopted a puppy from a friend’s German Shepherd’s litter.  The sire was a Husky.

A beautiful female pup with blue eyes the color of . . . well, blue.  They were just beautiful!

I took her to the vet for her first checkup after washing her thoroughly with a flea and tick shampoo that cost a lot.

When the vet put her on the exam table, she looked so-o-o-o good and clean.

Then he dug though her fur looking for fleas and ticks.  But he didn’t find any, ‘cause I’d just washed her with expensive flea and tick shampoo.

I was so proud, till he reached for a spray bottle and pumped the spray trigger twice, and about 137 fleas dropped off my pup and fell dead on the exam table!

How embarrassing!!

I’ve learned a lot about dog grooming since then, and still have a long way to go.  In addition, dog grooming chemicals have come even farther and do a much better job than they used to.

Joey had his annual exam and shots yesterday. (Joey is my current dog. It’s short for Joseph. I named him that because his brothers had abandoned him.)

Made me think about Phoebe’s fleas. (She’s the dog from yesteryear with the fleas.)  Again, let me remind you that Joey has no fleas.

Thinking about Joey’s checkup, which led to remembering Phoebe’s fleas, my thoughts wandered to church.  Not that I believe churches have fleas, though I guess that could happen.

–Pretty big jump, huh??

Not really.  My consideration of churches after thinking about fleas is because of all those hypocrites in churches that keep people from becoming involved with God’s people. Just like fleas tend to cause people to avoid dogs.

“I won’t go to church because it’s full of hypocrites!”

You know, I can’t think of a better place for them to be than in church. And it seems to imply that those involved in church tend to actually be Christians.  So is this a good excuse for non-beleivers or wounded Christians to avoid church?

Don’t you think it’s a general rule that the world is full of hypocrites?

If the definition of a hypocrite is a person who acts one way on one day and in a contradictory way on the next day, isn’t that pretty Lake Ave Church, Los Angelesmuch human? It may not even be in an attempt to deceive others, it’s just human nature.  Not good . . . just human.  Isn’t that why Jesus walked the earth?  So he could connect in a better way with regular humans and demonstrate God’s love by giving himself for us?

So the church is infected with hypocrites . . . people.  What a wonderful place to find how to be less of a flea, er, hypocrite, and live more genuine consistent lives.

Got “fleas” in your church? 

(Figuratively speaking, of course.)

Pray for them. Take them out to lunch.  Help them if there is something you can do for them.

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. . . . ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. . . . ’ ”  (Romans 12: 18 & 20)

Easy?  Not at all. But it’s what helps us keep from being “fleas” in the Church.

Whatcha think?  Leave a comment if you want about the church’s fleas that you’ve had to deal with.

* The phrase, “My Dog Has Fleas”, at one time had something to do with tuning a ukulele before electronic tuners were invented and ukuleles were still in use somewhere in the world.

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