Life’s a Blast: Baxter Lesson #4

Life’s a blast! So let the wind flap your ears back. [photography by Michael Garza]

People loved pets in 1905, the year in which The Calling of Ella McFarland is set. And we love them today. 

Take my Cavapoo puppy Baxter, for example. I learn from him every single day.

Life’s a blast! So let the wind flap your ears back! (Tweet That!) so says Baxter, who’s claimed more than one spot in our home and hearts … our life.

Granted, Baxter gets strong-armed more times than he’d like. And denied IMG_3798fun “toys” like the tassels on the afghan. He’s banished to the kennel for “making bad choices” and forced to eat from his bowl, not the table, “for his own good”. He can’t always venture into sofa-armterritory that interests him or chew on what strikes his fancy. Still, life’s IMG_3799a blast.

All’s forgiven and forgotten when Papa turns the key to the front door … when Mama D tosses the squeaky toy across the room … or Papa slides onto the floor for a tussle.

Life’s a blast. It’s packed with blessings to exult in. Like a soft red blanket to sleep on and six kids to run with. A bell that jangles and a bowl of water that never runs dry. A big porch with a scrap of an old blanket for “doing business” when it’s raining out. And a couple of oversized laps and pairs of arms to hold him in the storm.

Today I’ll take a cue from Baxter. I’ll trust God’s oversized lap and strong arms. (Tweet That!) And I’ll say a prayer of thanksgiving for chew bones and soft beds. And let the wind flap my ears back. 

‘Cause life’s a blast!

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Psalm 100:1

3 thoughts on “Life’s a Blast: Baxter Lesson #4

  1. Linda Davis

    I just love this! You are SO descriptive. YOU are a blast!

  2. I’m amazed that Baxter forgets all about the “consequence” he received. Acts as if it never happened. Hmm. Sounds like another blog posting. Thanks for commenting, Teresa!

  3. Teresa Brooks

    Love this and the lessons we learn from our 4-legged loves who go through life loving unconditionally!


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Rest in God’s Grace: Baxter Lesson #3


The Calling of Ella McFarland is set in 1905, a time when rules were respected. Generally.

Granted, my Cavapoo Baxter’s only 11 weeks old today. He’s still running around with a baby belly, for heaven’s sakes.

Still … rules are rules. 

Even a fluffy little bonbon can’t chew on a table leg. Or go potty on the rug. Or pull shoes out of the closet. 

He may not know why such rules matter, but rules still apply.

biebel-761019_1280When Baxter hears the NO voice, he responds in one of three ways, all of which remind me of me. (Sometimes I get my way; other times not so much.) But they remind me of Scripture, too.

There’s the “Who? Me?” look. Which doesn’t hold water since Baxter knows as well as I that the truth has been made plain … as it was by Jesus: If I had not come and spoken to them [those who rejected him], they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. John 15:22

Other times Baxter tries the “Look at me!” twirl, another tactic that didn’t jesus-753063_1280 impress Jesus:  Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Matthew 7:21

And then there’s the “Poor me” pout. Which brings to mind the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans: I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. Romans 7:15 

Baxter’s pout never will translate to the godly mark set in another of Paul’s epistles, 2 Corinthians 7:10Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret … but it touches my heart.

Baxter understands Good boy treats, too. He twirls around, rolls over, and splashes kisses. He knows the one who lays down the law also lies down beside him, feeds him, and lets him lick her face.

statue-499190_1280Fortunately for Baxter, he lives in a house of grace. As do I. 

Life Lesson #3 from Baxter: Rest in God’s grace

For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:14 

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