I’m on vacation – hanging out at the dog hotel for a few days.
They don’t allow dogs to have WIFI here.
I’m going to have to get my person to find me a place that has all the amenities (whatever those are).
See you soon.
The angels rescued him, right?
What do you mean, I have to listen to find out?
They did rescue him, didn’t they?
Okay, I’m listening.
Last week Stephen was seized and brought before the Sanhedrin and false witnesses were brought against him.
The high priest asked Stephen if these charges were true and Stephen gave them a speech, sharing Israel’s history and how it pointed to Jesus.
Then Stephen said, “You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit! Was there ever a prophet your fathers did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him – you who have received the law that was put into effect through angels but have not obeyed it.”
I think Stephen might have made them mad.
Yes, I’m listening.
When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him.
That sounds like something a dog would do.
But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.
“Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
Is Jesus going to send down some fish?
That would prove that Stephen saw him.
I am too listening.
At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him.
This doesn’t sound good.
Run Stephen, run!
Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul.
While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.
What do you mean, Stephen wasn’t taking a nap?
And Saul was there, giving approval to his death.
If I ever see Saul, I’ll be gnashing my teeth.
Hey, do you think Saul had something to do with those tadpoles that disappeared a couple days ago on my trails?
Which is every day – because their yard is right by my trails.
I guess they’re trying to tell me who’s boss.
I didn’t want to come in your yard anyway.
You can be the boss of your yard.
But today something different happened.
I found them on my trails.
My trails, mind you.
And they still tried to tell they were the boss.
But I gave them a little different perspective.
It’s kind of hard to tell somebody you’re the boss when they’re towering over you.
Okay guys, I guess I’ll let you come on my trails.
Just remember who the boss is.
Remember how I found tadpoles in my puddle yesterday?
Well, today I went to visit them and someone had taken my puddle and the tadpoles.
Who would steal a puddle and a bunch of tadpoles?
I can’t imagine anyone doing such a thing.
But somebody did.
I’m going to have to get my Detective Dog hat on and investigate this.
That sun is trying to hide.
I wonder if it’s sneaking off with my puddle and those tadpoles.
I’ll know by morning.
If the sun doesn’t show up then I’ll know it’s guilty.
Or maybe it’s this butterfly.
Alright butterfly, fess up!
I know you did it.
You probably took off with those tadpoles one at a time and hid them somewhere.
Wherever that puddle went to. That’s where you hid them.
Oh, wait a minute.
That butterfly must have had an accomplice.
It may have been able to hide those tadpoles, but I don’t think it could move the puddle.
I’d better do some more searching.
This black stuff where my puddle used to be has an interesting smell.
It smells just like – just like…
Okay, now I’ve got something new to solve.
What do you do with a bunch of flat tadpoles?
Not even this little bitty part of it?
You always let me step in it before.
What’s wrong with today?
I might step on them?
I might step on what?
You think I might pop those bubbles?
Since when did you care about a few bubbles?
Not the bubbles?
Oh, they’re back.
They were here last year.
The tadpoles are back.
This is two years in a row that my puddle has had tadpoles.
I can’t wait till they turn into tiny little toads and hop away.
Because if I try to drink my puddle water now it might tickle my tongue.
That really doesn’t mean much to me.
It fits in the same spot that the old one did.
My food still doesn’t go into the fridge so I don’t know why we have one at all.
What does matter to me is what was on top of the old fridge.
My person had to clean the top of it off before they took it away.
If she’d given me all those treats she keeps up there she would have had a lot less cleaning to do.
But what she did give me were the toys she stashed up there.
I don’t know why she doesn’t want to give me all the toys right away when she gets them.
She can always buy more when I chew them up.
So I might not have gotten extra treats out of this refrigerator switching, but at least I got some toys.
Well, except for that purple bunny.
You see, my person cleaned her room out too.
I can’t wait to see what happens when she cleans the rest of the house.
Come on, person. You gave it to me.
Now pick it up and toss it.
My first attempt today didn’t work.
That was when my person went outside and then it thundered.
I pushed the door to the garage open and escaped through the open garage door.
I ran down the street and found one of my person’s friends driving by and he let me into his truck.
I thought he was going to drive me away from the thunder, but instead he took me to my neighbor’s house and my neighbor took me back home.
And there was still thunder there.
So later in the day when I took my person for a walk, I tried a new tactic.
I’ve heard of people running in a squiggly path to avoid being hit when someone is shooting at them.
So I decided I’d try that same thing with the thunder. I hardly stayed on the trail at all.
And it worked.
There was no thunder the whole time I was on my walk.
Even though Gizmo was doing his best to evoke thunder in his sleep.
You’re going to have to do better than that Gizmo.
Because I beat the thunder today!