Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | October 11, 2017

Kepler Gets a Bear

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My Bear

Woof! Woof!
This is Kepler, Master’s Jack Russell terrier, writing another article for Master’s Bible-Science Guy Blog.

Some people have expressed skepticism about my bear hunting abilities as described in my recent article Kepler, Bears, & Raccoons.

I have tried not to let this offend me, but it’s hard. I must admit that it hurt my feelings a little bit. Master does not doubt me, but some other people do.

My self-image depends on my doing very well what I was well designed to do by the Great Creator. When people question my hunting abilities, it hurts a little. But not much.

My Maker made me to hunt. My nose is constantly active picking up animal scents. If Master didn’t keep me on a tether so much, I would have racked up dozens of chipmunks, squirrels, coons, and badgers by now.

Here is proof of what I can do. It’s a picture of my very first bear.

My First Bear

This bear was harvested not far from the campground. I think my diligence in keeping raccoons and bears away from our campsite hugely contributed to my bear-hunter friend shooting this bear. I believe I helped drive this bear away from the campground and toward the hunter’s blind where it was shot.

Think about it. If you were a bear, would you want to tangle with me? No, certainly not. You would run the opposite way away from me and the campground toward easier pickings. Apparently, that’s what this bear did, and the hunter got him.

My Bear and the Fatal Arrow

Therefore, I’m counting this as my first bear. This makes my hunting tally 2 chipmunks, 2 squirrels, 1 bear. That’s not bad for someone who lives most of his life on a tether.

This male bear was around a year and a half old and weighed about 125 pounds.

My friend shot my bear behind the left shoulder with a bow and arrow. The arrow went through one lung and cut the other lung. My bear ran into heavy swampy vegetation and deadfall for about 150 yards and died. The hunters tracked the blood trail and dragged my bear out.

I was very interested in my bear. I wanted to learn for sure what a bear smells like. I learned. My bear smelled super great.

Smelling My First Bear

I smelled all over my bear — his back, nose, mouth, paws, everything. I even grabbed his stubby tail in my mouth to test out my bear-hunting style (see Kepler, Bears, & Raccoons for my bear-hunting method).

When they turned him over and I smelled his open, gutted tummy, I went wild with excitement. Missus was holding my leash, and she could hardly contain me, I was so driven to smell and chomp on that bear. Master tells me that bear meat tastes very good, and puppy do I believe it. I wanted to tear into that bear something awful.

Finally Missus had to drag me home and crate me because I was so over-stimulated by my bear. For almost an hour, I protested and begged to go back to my bear.

After I calmed down, my buddy Henry, a Silky Terrier whom we adopted several years ago, questioned me.

Henry: “What’s going on, Kepler? Why were you barking and whimpering and scrambling so much? Why were you banging on the door of your crate?”
Kepler: “Henry, I got my first bear! I got my first bear! I got my first bear! I did, I did, I did!”
Henry: “You what?”
Kepler: “I got my first bear. You know how I’ve been protecting Master’s campsite and driving animals away. One of the bears I drove away was shot by our bear-hunter friend.”
Henry: “Then isn’t it the hunter’s bear, not yours?”
Kepler: “I’m letting the hunter have it, but I’m counting it for me in my hunting tally.”
Henry: “What was the bear’s name?”
Kepler: “I don’t know what his mother named him, but I named him Little Grumpy. He smelled kind of grumpy, probably because he was irritated by the arrow.”
Henry: “What did the bear smell like?”
Kepler: “Better than you can possibly imagine. It was like a combination of old hamburger and reeking chicken innards. I loved the smell — it was a smorgasbord for my nose.”
Henry: “Mmmm. Sounds dee-lish.”

Now that I know for certain what bear smells like, I’m eager for Master to take me on a circuit around the campground to see where bears lurk. I need to know where to guard.

So that’s how things look from the Dog House!

Till next time, this is Kepler signing off. Woof! Woof!

Questions to Ponder

1. Why does Yahweh provide some hunters with success but not others?
2. Is it ethical to use animals to hunt other animals? Why or why not?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 23rd article in a series of blog posts on a precocious Jack Russell terrier named Kepler. Numbers 1-8 are by Kepler’s master, the BibleScienceGuy. Numbers 9-24 are by Kepler himself.
Read the prequels:
1. Why I Named Our Puppy “Kepler”
2. Kepler’s Kind
3. Kepler’s Lopsided Trade
4. Kepler’s Amazing Nose
5. Kepler’s Business Card
6. Kepler & the Psycho Squirrel
(with video)
7. Taunting Kepler
8. Adam and Puppies

The following prequel posts are by Kepler:
9. Who Taught Kepler?
10. Kepler Gets a Buddy
(with video)
11. Kepler Chases a Squirrel (with video)
12. Kepler’s Complaint
13. Kepler’s To-Do List
14. Kepler and the Football Weekend
15. Kepler’s Favorite Store
16. Kepler at a Truck Stop
17. Kepler & Henry Catch a Squirrel
18. Kepler Finds Killdeer Eggs
19. Kepler Finds Robin Eggs
20. Kepler Lives to Tell the Tale
21. Kepler, Bears, & Raccoons
22. Kepler Mentors Henry

Read the sequel:
24. Kepler Finds Strange Eggs

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“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
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(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday October 11, 2017 A.D.

But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
(Job 12:7-10)


  1. First off, congratulations on a safe,successor hunt. I believe Kepler kept the campground safe from bear due to his keen sense of smell and hearing. His barking and presence told the bear that the campground was being protected. Kepler is like Master’s small right hand in this sense.
    Why are some more successful then others? The creator gave us all skills to use and develop but some individuals don’t want to take the time to be patient and develop these abilities.

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  2. Kepler wrote another great article. Please give him my sincere congratulations. He’s a good dog to have around, seems like. I hope he gets another bear sometime. Did the hunter preserve the skin?


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