“You [Noah] are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves upon the ground will come to you to be kept alive.” Genesis 6:19-20, NIV
I wonder, at times, what God was thinking when He created animals, specifically the pets whom we own and love. Each animal is so intelligent in design, it’s hard to think that it all simply happened by “chance”. It’s much more wonderful to know that there is Someone who knew that the dog would bring a smile to our faces, or other animals would bring joy into our lives.
Out of millions who own and love pets, I’m no more than one. Yet, it doesn't take any research to realize just how marvelous animals truly are. I have had the amazing experience of owning various species, though still preferring the dog. The pleasure of pet-sitting dogs has given me experience with various temperaments, as well as fun insights on different individual dogs, not only my own pooch. Owning a parrot, having experience with aquatic animals, and dealing with cats also has given me more knowledge on the subject of creatures, great and small. In The Ark, I would like to pass on some of my interest, experience, and knowledge on the topic of animals. That said, I primarily will stick with dogs and other domesticated species.
Why the title of The Ark? “The Ark”, though a boat, is generally noted in history as “Noah and the ark”. When someone hears the word, “ark”, they generally think of Noah and God sending a worldwide flood. However, the ark carried not only Noah and his family, but also animals- all land creatures. From the mouse to the elephant, all living things fit comfortably inside the enormous boat. The ark carried the land animals that could not survive a global flood- if there were no animals on the boat with Noah and his family, we would have none, besides perhaps some aquatic, on earth today. The title of The Ark, is picturesque of all animals, and us having dominion over God's creation, all cradled in the palm of God’s hand (Genesis 1:26). God saved man and animals from the flood, providing a safe place for them to stay.
In The Ark section of The Slah, I plan to share with you my passion for animals, and, to the best of my abilities, provide interesting insights on wild animals, and care tips on domesticated. However, please keep in mind that my personal expertise are dogs, and therefore I will keep on par with that species a bit more than the rest. I hope to help you in your personal pet ownership as well as peak your interest in the animals we can’t own- like a hippopotamus or Giraffe. I plan on sharing breed profiles (expounded on below), scientific animal fact articles, pet dietary tips, pet training tips, etc. A few possible titles may include, “What does it mean to Take Dominion Over Animals Biblically?”, “The Grain-Free Diet for Dogs”, “How to Clip your Pet Parrot’s Wings”, “Reputable Informative Resources for Pet-Owners”, “Unique Aquatic Creatures”, “Photographing Animals”, and various breed profiles (i.e. the Labrador Retriever breed, or yellow-ringed octopus profile).
The Ark hopefully will engage you, and for those of you who own animals, help you to learn how to care for the pet God has given you.
A NOTE TO PET OWNERS: Parents don’t have to do all the research and work when owning any pet. For a research starter, go to www.vetstreet.com