Welcome to Pawz & Pray Blog

If you’re holding one too many leashes, and feeling winded from life’s race, you’ll enjoy this blog! Written with pet lover’s in mind. 

Pawz and Pray is a quiet place to gather and reflect on God, life, and the dogs we love. Whether its inspirational insights learned from my dogs, or more practical topics such as training and pet care, I trust you’ll find a tiny treasure to lighten your load and brighten your day! This blog was inspired by the book, Pawz & Pray: Short Reflections about God, Life, and the Dogs I Love! Nominated for Excellence in Books by the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA). Don’t forget to subscribe to my mailing list to get my latest news, and information about the revised and updated edition of Pawz & Pray, coming soon!

“Dogs are our true friends, our angels, our teachers, our healers. They love us unconditionally, as God intended. If we look carefully, we can learn from them how to make the world a brighter and better place.” — Leila Grandemange [quote from the book, Pawz and Pray]

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Listen More Than You Speak

Good morning friends! Here’s a little dog wisdom to help brighten the world.

Listen, more than you speak.

Now, more than ever, it’s so important to listen, more than we speak. Hear the words found in James 1:9. Just think how relationships would change, how politics would change, how we’d change, if we would truly take this verse to heart. May God help us.

” Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” — James 1:9

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She Fixed Her Eyes Ahead

During our daily walk, my dog paused and fixed her eyes intently ahead. For a moment, she stood there looking so regal, focused, and beautifully balanced. Something caught her attention and for a few seconds nothing else mattered. That got me thinking…

What are our eyes fixed on?

What has caught our attention . . .

Painful memories?

Present annoyances?

Future worries?

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Dog Tired?

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My dogs are constantly taking time to nap. Usually they curl up on the sofa or in their bed. But sometimes they zonk out in the funniest positions or places! It’s not because they’re bored. They have a zillion toys, each other, our family to interact and play with, and a large yard to run, watch squirrels and birds…
but they instinctively know when it’s time to rest, and they listen.
Are we listening to our bodies? Do we know when it’s time to rest? Or are we running ourselves ragged?
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Just Peeking In . . .

Hey there friends! Just peeking in to remind you that no matter what’s going on around you or within you, God loves you and has a plan.

Trust Him, and cling to His promises, despite upsetting or uncomfortable circumstances.

Wait on Him, even when you’re feeling impatient and frustrated, and want to take things into your own hands.

Be brave and courageous, even when you’re struggling with anxious thoughts, feel like turning and running, and have no idea what tomorrow holds.

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Hound Turned War Hero

The 75th anniversary of D-Day stirs up profound gratitude in my heart. Gratitude to all the men and women who served our country, and sacrificed so much for our freedom. It also stirs up deep gratitude to all the dogs who became part of the armed forces and bravely served alongside them. One such dog was Brian, a tough parachuting dog (a 2 year old Alsatian-Collie cross) who turned into a war hero and earned a medal for his service.

Read his inspirational story below, by following the link.

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