Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | February 26, 2020

Kepler Remembers Henry

(4 Minute Read plus video)

Henry

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

Sad News

I have some very sad news. My longtime buddy Henry died last Saturday night.

Master, Missus, and I had noticed some signs of his slowing down in the last few weeks, but we didn’t realize his end was so near. He had been less vigorous in playing with me, and it had been harder for him to jump up on the sofa to sit with Missus.

Saturday night he would not eat his dinner, and he was a little trembly. Missus wrapped him up with extra covers in his basket bed as she stroked his head and rubbed his chest and told him he was a very good boy. But when we got up Sunday morning he was gone. He was 10 years old.

Missus let me nose Henry’s body and sniff him Sunday morning so I could observe his condition. Master and Missus wanted me to understand what happened and why Henry isn’t around anymore. I appreciated being able to get a bit of closure and say goodbye to my buddy.

I understand from Master that death happens to everybody. Master told me this is due to his mega-great-grandfather Adam, the very first human. Adam sinned by eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. One bite poisoned the entire world! No matter how good the fruit tasted, I don’t think it was worth it.
(See Why Should Adam’s Sin Affect Me?)

Dr. Henry Morris

Dr. Henry Morris

New Name

Master got Henry from his aunt at Christmas 2015. Due to increasing age, she was no longer able to care for him. I was ecstatic to have a playmate.

Since the dog was starting a new life with us, Master gave him a new name when we adopted him.
Master named him
Dr. Henry Morris
to honor the memory of the man who is the father of the modern Creation Science movement.

Dr. Morris (1918–2006) is best-known for founding the Institute for Creation Research and for his co-authorship of the ground-breaking book The Genesis Flood.

We called my new buddy Henry for short. He had a sweet, calm temperament, and everybody loved him. Best of all, he didn’t mind me being the Gamma with him the Delta. (Master is the Alpha and Missus is the Beta.)

Silky Terrier

Henry was a Silky Terrier. The breed was created in the late 1800s in Australia by crossing the Yorkshire Terrier imported from Great Britain with the native Australian Terrier. Following World War II, American servicemen brought Silky Terriers home with them, and in 1959 the American Kennel Club officially recognized the breed.

Here is an 11-minute YouTube video on the Silky Terrier. The ones in the video look and act just like Henry. I get teary just watching it as it reminds me so much of my late buddy.


 
Henry was a good companion, and we did almost everything together. We played with one another all day long, chasing each other around the house and wrestling. Together we kept squirrels and chipmunks, raccoons and possums on the run in Master’s backyard and at his campsites.

Master said Henry was a calming influence on me. We often took daytime naps nestled together in a basket bed. All three of us, Master, Missus, and I, will miss Henry.

Henry & I guard Master’s campsite

Silver Lining

There are some advantages to being Master’s only dog now.

First, I get all the attention from Master and Missus. I have enjoyed the extra love these last few days since Henry’s death. It feels very good.

Second and most important, I do not have to share the dishwashing duties anymore. I love to lick Master’s and Missus’ dishes completely clean. Master says I clean dishes so well that we don’t need the dishwasher, and he wants to sell it. But Missus insists on keeping the dishwasher and running all dishes through it, even after I have thoroughly cleaned them. Why, I don’t know; it’s a real puzzle.

I don’t know if Master will get another little dog to be my new buddy. It would have to be just the right dog. I would like a Kepler-sized chocolate Lab or a Kepler-sized German Shorthaired Pointer, but nobody “makes” those dogs in small sizes.

I would also welcome a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever in my size, but again nobody “makes” them that small. I have met them at campgrounds, and they are smart and very loyal with beautiful reddish coats.

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

Don’t forget — I’m running for President! (Click Kepler for President).
Vote Kepler for President in 2020.
Alere Flammam Veritatis

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

Questions to Ponder

1. How do your pets glorify the Great Creator?
2. Since we all will die eventually, are you ready to die and meet the Great Creator?

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

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 40th 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 9-40 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 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
23. Kepler Gets a Bear
24. Kepler Finds Strange Eggs
25. Kepler Finds Duck Eggs
26. Kepler Gives Thanks
27. Kepler’s Newest Enemy
28. Kepler Loves Bulldogs
29. Kepler Ponders Snow
30. Kepler Wants to Move to Australia
31. Kepler’s Dating Profile
32. Kepler Meets Skunk
33. Kepler Wants to Be Good
34. Kepler on Guard
35. Kepler Chews On Grammar
36. Kepler for President
37. Kepler for President: Grins & Growls #1
38. Kepler for President: Grins & Growls #2
39. Kepler’s Water Guns

Read the sequel:
41. Kepler Gives a Virus Briefing

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Wednesday February 26, 2020 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?
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Responses

  1. So sorry for your loss. We sure do love our pets and thank God for putting them here to love and teach us lessons from above.
    Thank you Father.

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    • Thank you, Miss Susie. Yes, Henry was a blessing to me from the Great Creator. Thank you for reading my blog post and commenting. Woof! Woof! -Kepler

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  2. Sorry for your loss. When I first saw the picture, I thought it was a Yorkie. Thank you for the video that helped me learn the difference between a Yorkie and a Silky. We’ve had Yorkies and really loved them. They’re tiny, but they have attitude! Silkies look like they’d be a lot of fun. I hope you can find another buddy for Kepler!

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    • Thank you, Mr. Ernie. Yes, I hope Master can find me a new buddy. Woof! Woof! -Kepler

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