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  1. Paige says:

    Oh my. That is a lovely story. Made me tear up too….

    …”the least of these, my brothers”…. probably includes dogs (and cats). Hope so.

    Love the idea of doggie snacks in the gift bags…. our church is putting together bags of helpful items for the homeless…. I think I’ll mention adding doggie treats.

  2. Michael says:

    Thank you, Paige!

    Think about how many times we pass homeless folks on the street with a pet…I love this ministry and it made my week to participate in it.

  3. Nonnie says:

    Once again, you write so beautifully of faith in action.

  4. Michael says:

    Thank you, Nonnie…I wanted to do justice to that little dog as much as anything.

  5. Jean says:

    Great story.

    The bond between a human and a dog can be indescribable, pure, perhaps offering a glance at something Edenic from the memory muscles of our minds.

  6. Col46 says:

    Great testimony! Now let’s be honest, that story just would not have had the same impact if it were a cat 🙂

  7. Xenia says:

    Thanks to you, Michael, we also give out these bags and it’s always the love between the dog and the human that gets to me every time. We always say “Here’s a little something for you and your pup.”

  8. Xenia says:

    I spoke with a young homeless man who had 2 pit bulls on a make shift leash. He was afraid of getting arrested or of staying at a shelter because he’d loses his dogs, the only friends he had and who kept him safe at night. God bless all three of them.

  9. Sarah says:

    My middle boy, Nate, has the greatest heart of compassion in our family. He constantly questions why we do not stop and help each person we see. Late last year he made the suggestion of filling up a cooler with water bottles and bags of necessities that we could hand out. The heat here in summer is brutal without some relief. This post reminded me I need to get on that. I will add the dog treats as well.

  10. covered says:

    Great story. Thank you.

  11. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Very good – thank you Michael.

  12. Michael says:

    Thank you all for the kind words…

  13. Xenia says:

    We have two kinds of bags, one with dog treats and one with an extra granola bar. Make sure you don’t accidentally give the dog bag to the person who has no dog or the next thing you’ll hear is that in California those heartless Christians are giving dog food to the homeless!

  14. Michael says:

    Xenia, just cracked me up… 🙂

  15. Jean says:

    The sad irony is that some people who can afford otherwise feed their children food not fit for a pet dog.

  16. Em again says:

    this story hits home for a whole lot of us, Michael… to be so broken that pride is gone, to just stand helpless waiting for kindness and yet at your side is a loyal animal friend that takes it for granted that you’re a team and loves you… coincidently i had an interesting Email this morning from someone who couldn’t keep her horse any longer, she concluded that an animal fills a void that man was meant to fill, but doesn’t

    even as i sit here with teary eyes after reading that and coming here to this post here today, i realize that this is a new phenomena – to have such great numbers of needy people that carrying bags at the ready in your car is needed ministry – i am very concerned that we have such a great and growing population that are experiencing a Great Depression in the here and now… that could be my son or grandson standing out there

  17. Michael says:


    God bless your heart,my friend.

    The thing that keeps me going is when I see that everybody here really “gets” this…and that kind of compassion can change a lot in this world.

  18. DavidM says:

    What a brilliant idea. I am inspired to do something similar. Thanks for the wonderful story, Michael.

  19. Alan says:

    No, I won’t make my own application Michael. This is just a great story on its own, on many levels. Thanks for what you did, and for sharing this lovely story.

  20. Alan says:

    Michael, I’m sorry. I’m not a regular here, so I didn’t realize, until just now, that you have a book with that title. Forgive me, I was just being silly, but I fear that what I said came across the wrong way.

    The story was very inspiring, as you can already tell from the comments. It’s funny, so many of us (perhaps it’s just me) think that we have to do something on a grand scale for God. I spend so much time trying to figure out this grand scale project, that I neglect “small” everyday acts like the wonderful one you did. God forgive me.

  21. Michael says:


    No worries and I appreciate the kind words!

  22. JoelG says:

    “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”

    -Josh Billings

    I see the love of God in my dog. Thank you for this good post.

  23. Surfer51 says:

    Wet eyes…

  24. Surfer51 says:

    Irish prayer:

    “Dear Lord, please mean me the person my dog thinks I am.”

  25. Surfer51 says:

    Oops “make me”

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