In life, we must be mindful of our relationships. If we’re connected to godly people, we’ll reap benefit after benefit. But if we’re tethered to the wrong people, we’ll pay a tremendous price over and over again.
If you don’t believe it, just check out the story of “Tattoo,” a basset hound from Seattle.
Tattoo lived in Renton, WA, a small community on the outskirts of Seattle. More importantly, Tattoo lived with a very absent-minded master.
Tattoo’s owners had spent the day with friends in nearby Tacoma, and as the visit came to an end, they began to pack up for the drive home. Tattoo’s owner had taken the young pooch outside, but when his wife asked for help with a heavy box, the well-intentioned man closed Tattoo’s leash in the car door so the short-legged animal wouldn’t run in the street.
With their box packed up and their goodbyes declared, the man and woman hopped in the vehicle and pulled away…with Tattoo scrambling alongside the car.
Fortunately, Officer Kerry Filbert was more observant than the dog’s owners. When the car went by his motorcycle, the policeman noticed the basset hound skidding and bouncing down the street. In his report, the cop said that Tattoo was “picking them up and putting them down just about as fast as he could.”
Officer Filbert gave a quick chase and finally stopped the car, but not before it reached a speed of 25 mph, causing Tattoo to “roll several times” when he couldn’t keep up.
Evidently, the owners realized their mistake before Officer Filbert could tell them about it. They jumped out of the car shouting “Tattoo! Tattoo!” as the policeman met them at the rear of the vehicle. Miraculously, the 8-month-old hound had only a few mild injuries in spite of the ordeal he’d endured. After suggesting a trip to the animal clinic and warning them to be more careful in the future, Officer Filbert let the couple resume their trip…with Tattoo inside the car.
This story begs the question: Who are you leashed to in life?
“Owner Takes His Dog For a Run – Leashed to the Car,” Spokane Chronicle, March 9, 1990.
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