Jehu...the chariot driver...you know the one... he fed Jezibel to the dogs in the book of 2 Kings 9:19-20 and 30-37. Well that is the name of the boys' pet lab.
The boys absoulutely love this dog. Jehu absoulutely loves the boys. I, on the other hand, am a dog lover at a distance. I like the "idea" of a dog. I like to love dogs in theory. This drives the boys crazy. They beg me..." Mom, please just let Jehu lick you, he loves you" or "please just wrestle with Jehu mom, please you don't love him, do you?"
Now, don't get me wrong. I think every child should experience a pet dog in their life. I think it is so special the bond between a puppy and their owners. I have many friends who dogs are so special (Zoey, Scarlett, Spence, Chance and Katie, Tootsie). For some reason, I have a hard time just letting go and letting a doggy lick me and get close enough for me to smell their doggy breath. Now remember, Jehu is a country dog and likes to eat country things,like bones of recently deceased animals, gets sprayed by skunks, and has never seen a Pampered Pet Palor or heaven forbid, had his teeth cleaned! Please, don't get me wrong. I was the one who cried (more like fell to peices) when Jehu fell off the back of the truck this past summer while we were going down the road. I am also the one that can't stand for him to be chained up for more than a hour or two.
So, ever once in a while, I have to let go and give Jehu a big hug, perhaps let him lick me and all the while, making sure that the boys see everything. I assure them that since Jehu is special to them, he is special to me. And in my heart, I know that he means more to me than I realize! He has become part of our family and I smile when I watch the boys "wrestle" with him and watch Jehu's tail wag ninety miles an hour!
That is one reason I love this picture. It shows how happy Jehu makes Jett...which makes mom happy too!