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Old 31st Dec 2013, 22:24
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Social media, dogs and God.

Okay, I've posted my disdain about social media here prior, but I've changed my mind and at the same time reinforced my belief in God.

This came about Sunday night. For those that do not know this, we have three dogs, a Great Pyrenees and two Malamutes and five cats, the cats having nothing to do with this story.

Sunday night at 7pm (19:00) their normal feeding time, I could not find the Great Pyrenees, age 10, or the older Malamute, age 6. Now for those that do not know this, Great Pyrenees are professional escape artists, given any opening they are off like a shot. Now she has escaped before and usualy we find her in the neighborhood after a short search, usualy because about everyone in the neighborhood know her and will grab her, then call us.

A few years ago I made the back yard (garden) escape proof, unless one of the grandkids leaves a gate open. Which is not problem, because the grandkids will chase her down and bring her home. But the last time before Sunday night, the older Malamute went with her, which she never had before.

Sunday night, she actually broke the lock on the west gate and we had no idea how long she and the Malamute had been gone. The last that I knew she was in the back yard was around 5pm (17:00).

So we start searching the neighborhood and not a sign, I stop some people on their evening walks, none of them had seen them. Now it was getting late. My wife, while searching on her own had sent out message on Facebook with a picture of the two dogs.

About 10 she calls me all excited, someone had found the dogs and took them to their home, where they cleaned them up a little and treated a cut on the Pyrenees. Now their home is about a mile and half from where we live. But they did not find the dogs near their home, not even close really.

This is where what I consider a miracle had occured. The dogs were found walking along a busy street over eight miles from where we live. To get to were they were found, they had to cross a very, very busy intersection, then two other busy intersection, walked the entire lenght of Wiley Post airport and then another mile past that. How they avoided being killed or seriously injured is where my belief in God was reinforced, it was a miracle, pure and simple. Oh, and at one point they had to have crossed the busy street they were traveling next to, they were on the east side of the street and our home is about a half mile west of that street.

Now the social media bit. As posted earlier, my wife had posted about the dogs on facebook in her group of freinds. One of her/our friends, Barbie, had recieved the message, then a little while later, a friend of hers that belonged to a different group than my wife's, posted that they had found two dogs that were walking down Rockwell, the street the dogs had been on and posted a photo of the dogs.

They were our dogs. Barbie immediately recognized the dogs as ours, as she has been at our home many times and knew the dogs, called the lady that had found our dogs and then called us.

So I went and picked them and brought them home. They were a pair of sore, tired and hungry dogs, even though the folks that found them fed them a couple of left over hamburgers.

Therefore in conclusion, my belief in God being reinforced, I've decided to give Facebook another try. Can't hurt.

What a great New Year's present. Thank you God.

Oh, please remember that it is religion I have no use for, any religion.
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Old 31st Dec 2013, 22:44
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A good news story, on the New Year's Eve. Very heartwarming.
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Glad you got your pets back C-P.

A few years ago, I was driving along not too far from my house when I saw a very old looking basset hound walking straight across a busy main road without making any attempt to dodge the traffic.
He managed to get to the far side (where I was) so I decided to grab him as there are no houses in the area and he was obviously lost.

After getting him in my car (no easy feat as he was stone deaf and very scared), I called around the local police stations to see if anyone had reported him as lost, and it turned out that he was owned by someone who lived well over 100 miles away and who was visiting friends in the area.
The dog had wandered off from their garden and had walked about 5 miles before I found him.
His owners were a very elderly couple who were out of their minds with worry and were extremely grateful to get their pet back.

Another time I saw an extremely large Rottweiler attempting to navigate a busy roundabout, and again, he ended up in my car. (luckily he was very friendly and well trained). He ended up at the local police station, where I would hope his owners managed to find him.

I work in a country where there are always large numbers of dogs wandering about and generally they seem to be traffic aware than a lot of the local population.
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Old 31st Dec 2013, 22:49
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Mrs. D is very happy you found the dogs and wants to see a picture of them as she is astounded that people would not be afraid to approach them as they are very big (we assume).
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Here you go.


And yes, they are rather big dogs, especialy the Great Pyr, the white one that is laying down, the escape artist.

Here is just a picture of the Great Pyr, that gives a better idea of how big she is, and how gentle. Note the kitty next to her.

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Old 31st Dec 2013, 23:34
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Great story con. Kinda restores your faith in human nature, dunnit?
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Old 31st Dec 2013, 23:44
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Great story Con. Glad everything worked out in the end. It augurs well for a good 2014.

The Pyr looks like a big version of my Golden Retriever.
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Glad the pooches were recovered. You'd think they'd learn - "Hey, when I leave, I don't get fed as much, things hurt, and it's cold..."

As to God, I think the Guy has a sense of humor and a special fondness for the species. Why else use the same letters as His name?
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I specially like your closing sentence - belief in God and religion are not one and the same thing
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Old 1st Jan 2014, 00:55
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[B]con-pilot; A really great read and an especially good ending. And going to give facebook another try? Struth!!

I sincerely hope that you don't back down on the brussells sprouts issue though.

Kinda restores your faith in human nature, dunnit?
Amen to that.
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What beautiful dogs! So glad they're back home. The hours I've spent looking for my son's dogs Oh, my. Just when I thought they were in Mexico, all three would turn up tired and hungry. 36 hours, one time.

Baloo was a . . . Oh, heck, my memory! A big fury thing with a blue tongue. She hated cats, but when we looked after her, she'd watch the cat eat her dinner with a tolerance only found in a higher place. However, one night she sat there as the cat gouged her food and in a moment of intolerable frustration, let out one solitary bark that nearly shattered the windows. Kitty Park (a long story) looked at her disdainfully and went back to eating her food.

Rushing to celebrate. Happy new year everyone . . . and their pets.
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Kewl Beans....
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Old 1st Jan 2014, 05:31
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There is no 'god'. If your dogs had not been found you would not be posting about their return and probably not posting on PPRuNe about the fact that they were missing, which you had not done at time of writing. Fortunate coincidence, bolstered by human technology.

It's like those who believe survival of a terrible accident is a 'miracle'. If they had not survived they would not be here to proclaim it as such.

But I am glad that you got your doggies back.

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Old 1st Jan 2014, 06:20
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There is no 'god'.
Really....? As a dyslexic, agnostic insomniac, I lie awake at nights wondering if there is a dog.... Clearly con-pilot has assured me there is....

Happy New Years to one and all.......

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Well done on getting your mutts back

There is no 'god'
Well I'm a physicist and an Atheist, and I can't say there is no god. I can only say what the evidence looks like to me as I interpret it. I also have to accept the fact that as a human being I could be wrong in my conclusions, to do otherwise is hubris of the extreme.
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Old 1st Jan 2014, 06:41
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Good stuff Mr Con,
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Old 1st Jan 2014, 07:21
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Some 'god' that miraculously returns pets to their owners but allows such atrocities as terrorist bombings is about as believable as your 117,000 electric kettles melting out an ice bound ship, Mr Draper.

But yours is a far more entertaining story!

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Old 1st Jan 2014, 07:33
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Captain Dart.

Captain of what exactly.

If you don't believe in God, you are a fool.
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Old 1st Jan 2014, 08:24
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So glad you got them back Con.

When we had the pair of Newfoundlands they would pull off some incredible escapes, the smaller one even climbing trees and hedges to get out, they seemed to egg each other on. As I'm left with just the one now there hasn't been any more escapes. It's a horrible sick feeling in the pit of the stomach when you realise they've gone missing and the mind goes into overdrive thinking up more and more horrific scenarios.

A great relief and a good way to start off 2014.
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Fortunately my 2 have never gone further than the front garden across the road ( we're in a v quiet cul de sac so no real traffic issue). On one occasion though Thea did go in and eat the food belonging to the 2 Rhodesian ridge backs living there. Despite being much bigger they just stood there looking close to tears!

Great outcome C-P - it's at times like that that you wish they had a camera collar on so you can see what they got up to!
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