While online recently I have several times come across the mention of a new website called “dog-shaming.com” – which is a site where dog owners may post pictures of their sinful, shameful animal with a handwritten note describing their vice (as if composed personally by the canine). The idea is, I guess, a whimsical effort to shame the dog by the public humiliation of their sin for all to see … stuff like eating and barfing unmentionables, ripping up and destroying varied items of property, or, well, acting like an animal without human sensitivities and social norms! There are a lot of humorous pictures!
Being the owner of a Jack Russell Terrier, I was not actually surprised to see that about one-half of all entries were about the deeds of JRTs!
Before I write some thoughts after the pictures, let me just show you a couple of examples from the web page (and then later, one of my own)…
A public confession of sins may be an appropriate activity – especially when the sin committed was a public one that affected other folks. But I have to say that biblically speaking, it would be far more honorable to have a “faming” web page rather than a “shaming” page. Consider this Scriptural thought from Hebrews 10:24 … “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds …”
As I’ve oft written, I am smitten by my dog – which I love immensely for her stellar character and demeanor beyond that most frequently displayed by homo-sapiens. So in that vein, here is my picture of my good friend Joules:
I am just amazed that Joules sat there with that paper in front of her and patiently waited for you to take the photo. Beaver would have been jumping all over me wanting to try the camera for herself! Oh… and we have four precious canines now. We adopted a 7-year-old Husky mix named Cody. He needed a family.