Honestly with Sheila Walsh

Honestly with Sheila Walsh

Never Alone

My two dogs, Belle and Tink only differ in weight by five pounds but in Bichon terms that can mean a world of difference. Belle, who is five years old, weighs fourteen pounds and Tink who is three, weighs nine. The most noticeable difference is that Tink can squeeze her body through the fence in our back yard and take off round the lake whereas Belle, with all the will in the world hasn’t a hope. Most of the time I put Tink on a long tether so that she has freedom to run around the yard but not lead me on a merry dance in front of our neighbors while I am still in my pajamas. But one morning recently I let the girls out and before I had time to hook Tink to her leash of grace, she took off! I called the little monkey’s name and Belle barked and barked but Tink was free and she intended to be fully present in every moment. I opened the gate and ran after her, making sure that Belle was safe in the yard. Tink would let me get to within a couple of feet of her and then she would dance off again. Finally she tired of the game and let me pick her up. I find it very difficult to even fake being cross with Tink as she is adorable but I gave it my best shot as I’m afraid one of these days she’ll get out and run into the road. Well, whatever she received from me did not prepare her for what was about to happen when I returned her to the safety of the house. Belle just lit into her. I watched this mini-melodrama unfold as Belle barked and barked at her and then proceeded to drag Tink into a corner by her ear. Once she had a totally captive audience she let Tink have the whole speech. When Belle was finished, Tink got up and with her tail wagging at turbo speed, gave Belle a kiss.



I thought a lot about that encounter. Even though it seemed extreme to me, Tink received it in the spirit that she felt it – love. Belle is protective of Tink and gets very anxious when she is not able to watch over her.


You and I have a heavenly Father who never takes his eyes off us and no matter where we find ourselves, we are never out of his loving care. Even when we squeeze into tight spots, he is there, able to reach us, loving us all the time. The psalmist David put it this way,



“Where can I go from Your Spirit?

Or where can I flee from Your presence?

If I ascend into heaven, You are there;

If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.

 If I take the wings of the morning,


And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

Even there Your hand shall lead me,

And Your right hand shall hold me.”

Psalm 139:7-10 (NKJV)


I pray that you know that today, you are loved, you are loved,

you are loved!

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posted July 2, 2009 at 11:04 am

I just love this! Bichon’s are full of surprises, aren’t they? My boy continuously preaches to me, by just being who he is. And isn’t that the way we are supposed to be in this world? A letter read by all? Thanks for sharing this warm story. It makes my day a bit brighter!

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posted July 2, 2009 at 11:07 am

I absolutely loved this! I had a cocker spaniel, Buffy Golden Sunshine, and she would dash out of the house &/or yard as fast as her furry legs would carry her. I can’t count how many times I chased her, always fearing that she’d run into the road and get killed.
One day a friend of mine was visiting & Buffy dashed out the door. His solution was to yell “sit!” Buffy did and we scooped her up. Made me think how often God has to “yell” at me to “sit” so he can “scoop me up” into His arms of Love, Safety, and Protection.

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posted July 2, 2009 at 11:07 am

Wonderful, Sheila. I love the story, but I especially love the quote from Psalm 139. Where can I go frome His Presence? I can’t. Yea, God!

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posted July 5, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Really good post, thanks for sharing this. :)

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posted July 6, 2009 at 8:39 am

I love the way the Lord uses everyday things to get His message across.
Praise the Lord for loving each and everyone. Thank You Father for using Sheila to reach all of us.

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posted July 6, 2009 at 8:42 pm

My daughter (16) went through a very rough time about Christmastime and asked “where was God then?” She was so depressed that she was “cutting” and I didn’t even see it. But I knew something was wrong and I did my best to stay close to her. I plan to show her this article and tell her – “that’s where God was.” I tried to tell her then, but it never seemed to sink in to her. Maybe this will help her understand better.

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posted July 7, 2009 at 6:10 am

Yes to Sandy and Her love towards her daughter! Whatever The ROOT cause of what your daughter is going thru? Just Love Her and be there as Her Confidant and let Her feel and know that she can share anything with you! Jesus already knows and His Word Tells us He will never leave Us or Forsake us! I have gone through something similar myself growing up and God is Faithful! Love is the Answer!

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posted July 7, 2009 at 12:56 pm

What tremendous insight. God has given you a special gift, Sheila. Thanks for sharing. I especially enjoyed and appreciated your words at WOF in Des Moines this year. I follow you on Twitter, and love your sense of humor, also! Keep sharing!!!

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posted July 11, 2009 at 12:53 am

God is good all the time even in the valley God is Good
All The Time. Stay true to His Grace and faithful.

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