David DuMond refers to it as “the heat and light treatment.” When I applied a little heat through Duke’s shock collar, he saw the light! I realize I need to supply more details, so here goes.
Nancy and I take our Brittany Spaniels with us on our morning walk that spans about three miles. If you have seen us, you might question who is actually walking whom. An occupational therapist told me that I would not have a problem with balance as I grow older if I continue to walk those two dogs. Great news! Not about the growing older but about remaining steady.
Anyway, many times on the walk we meet David and Karen DuMond walking their sweet dog, Hazel. She is a big, loving, golden retriever. In spite of her sweetness, Duke always felt the need to bark like his hair was on fire. He did the same to every person and dog we met. It became apparent that he was not going to naturally calm down and behave.
Nancy made the suggestion. It was a good one, as hers usually are. I dug out the shock collar I use on Duke during hunting season. He was more than willing for me to strap on the bright orange “hearing aid.” Maybe he thought he was headed out for a hunt. He was not.
On the first walk, when he met another dog and began his barking, I merely punched a button on the controller I was carrying, and he learned what I meant when I said “No.” The shock was not severe but did cause a little yelp. One more encounter required another buzz. After that Duke stopped his nonsensical barking while we walk. I applied the heat, and he saw the light. He still sees the light, not because I buzz him all the time, but because the probes on the collar remind him of that possibility.
Dr. Tolar taught a class I took in seminary called “Biblical Backgrounds.” I remember him stating, “As an historian, I can show you what happens to societies where laws supporting social order are not made and enforced. That society ceases to exist.”
Praying for our leaders, Earl
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