19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found.Genesis 2:19 -20 (NIV)
Consider reading the Bible’s creation story, in the book of Genesis, from the perspective as a believer and as a dog-person. Noting that, after He created Adam, God created ALL the animals before the woman . Even the dog (or wild wolf) was created before Adam recognized his need for female companionship. God’s Word says Man needed a “suitable” helper (knowing that most men would need help prioritizing a “honey-do” list). I imagine that after God created what Adam named “dog”, God may have had to prod the Man to think of his need for “woman”. With a dog as a companion, Adam may have been satisfied that he never had a difference of opinion nor seek to be understood. Without providing “woman” as one’s helper, the frustration, trouble, and confusion that Man regularly suffers, would not have such motivation to lay things before Jesus.
An event Saturday prods my wife and me to consider adopting a dog again. At La Mesa’s Grossmont Mall today, more than a dozen dog rescue groups (and even a couple sponsoring cats) had puppies, adults and seniors seeking forever homes. In the 900 years since Saint Francis of Assisi, people still believe in the welfare of God’s creatures.