Paws and Reflect (3): Jesus Talks to His Dad

A big challenge of being a follower of Jesus, canine or otherwise, is staying close to him. Everybody wants to be around the guy—day and night.

One time in Capernaum, it seemed like the whole town came to visit Jesus where Peter and Andrew’s lived! You’re probably wondering if Christ let dogs into the house. Nope. Ole Buck stayed outside, watching, and waiting.

Anyway, he healed many sick people (who came to the door) and told lots of demons to leave folks alone. But he didn’t let the evil spirits talk because they knew who he really was. It’s strange, the demons knew Jesus was God’s pack leader, but most humans didn’t.  

It finally quieted down late that night, after everyone left and Jesus’ friends fell asleep. Early the next morning, before daylight, I heard the front door open. It was my wine making, storm stopping, healer friend—Jesus! 

“Come on, Buck,” he said, as he walked by–tugging gently on my ear. Well, he didn’t have to ask me twice! Finally, I get some “just us” time with my good friend. I followed him out of town to the middle of nowhere.

Stay here and keep watch, Buck, while I go over there and pray.” he said, scratching under my chin. Now we’re talking. Nothing or nobody will bother Jesus with this big dog watching! Buck is good at guarding.

He walked about eight dog trots away and started talking to someone. But I didn’t see anyone. I couldn’t make out everything he said, but I heard the word “Father” a few times. Jesus was talking to his dad. “So, this is what it means to pray,” I realized.

when he prays, God will answer him; he will worship God with joy; God will set things right for him again.

Job 33:26 (GNT)

These turned out to be my favorite times with him, out under the stars watching while he prayed. I sat down in a good spot where I could see both my pack leader and the only path coming in.


Someone was coming up the trail. “It’s alright, Buck.” Jesus was back at my side. “That’s Peter, with Andrew, James, and John.” Sure enough, I caught the scent of his friends. Those guys smelled like fish no matter how long they stayed away from the water.

“Everyone is looking for you,” said Peter. “Who me?” I barked back. Oops, he was talking to Jesus. “Let’s visit the other towns and I’ll preach there, too. That’s why I’m here,” Christ said. And, just like that, it was back to the crowds.

Folks, when you’re nobody’s dog it easy to feel like just another follower. But it wasn’t like this with Jesus. No matter how busy it got, he was still my special friend, and I was his.

This piece of historical fiction is dedicated to the memory of the real Buck: a chocolate lab who was a gun dog par excellence. That’s Buck below, sitting in a duck blind watching his owner for the next command. It was his intense gaze (in the photo) that sparked this story series. 🙏 May each of us look to God with the same level of devotion.

Photo used with permission from Buck’s owner. Scripture by Beth Alisan

This story is based on the events recorded in Mark 1:32-38

A special thanks to Beth Alisan, of Lessons from a Lab for helping make this post possible.

©️2018-2023, davidsdailydose, David Duncan. All Rights Reserved.






28 responses to “Paws and Reflect (3): Jesus Talks to His Dad”

  1. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I sincerely appreciate your encouraging feedback, Beth. No doubt, there are more Buck stories to write. I’m struggling a bit to decide how to portray the saddest events of the gospel story, both from a dog’s eyes and in a way children need. I also hope this series can be like some of the writings of C.S. Lewis—written for younger readers, but appealing to adults, as well.
    Thank you again for your encouraging words.

    God Bless. 🐾🐾🐾🐾 Hello, Adi and Summer!

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  2. Beth Alisan Avatar

    Bravo David! Paws and Reflect is only getting better and better with each installment. I think this one is my favorite to date. You poignantly portray the beauty of a Lab’s loyalty to its master. The same type of loyalty we should have to Jesus. You also illustrate the sweetness of what time spent in solitude with Jesus looks like. (Buck might have a few words for Peter, James, and John when they are told to keep watch with Him but fall asleep on the prayer job). I couldn’t help think what a wonderful tool this story would be in helping children understand what prayer is, especially with Jesus setting the example. And finally, you conclusion- “Folks, when you’re nobody’s dog it easy to feel like just another follower. But it wasn’t like this with Jesus. No matter how busy it got, he was still my special friend, and I was his.” Simply Wow!!

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  3. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, brother! Yes, the collaboration here on WP is a wonderful thing. I noticed you posted this morning. I shall check it out shortly. Too blessed to me stressed. 😊

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  4. The Devotional Guy™ Avatar

    Great story, David. I enjoyed reading it very much. I’m even gladder that Beth’s post served as inspiration for you. Great stuff!

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  5. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Manette Kay. I’d like to keep this series going! Thank you for stopping by. God Bless!

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  6. musingsofmanettekay Avatar

    David, if you get enough of these written the collection will make a great children’s devotional book (or for anyone young at heart).

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  7. Alan Kearns Avatar

    My pleasure brother😁
    Your wee golfer (gowfer) is noted ✅️ 👌

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  8. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Good point, Gary. I suppose this is what I’m aiming for. How would a dog interpret the things that happened to Jesus? Thank you stopping by. God Bless!

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  9. davidsdailydose Avatar

    That would be nice. It can’t hurt to hope so. Some of my best friends have been canines. Thanks, Matt.

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  10. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Alan—my brother in Christ from the Kingdom of Fife.🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏌️‍♂️

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  11. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Jeff. Trying to write from a dog’s point of view is a challenge. Thanks for reading and sharing. God Bless!

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  12. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You welcome, Bridget. I’m glad you like the series. Thank you for reading and commenting. God Bless you, sister!

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  13. jesusluvsall Avatar

    I believe all dogs go to heaven 🙂

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  14. Alan Kearns Avatar

    This is such a lovely series David, keep up the good work brother.

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  15. Bridget A. Thomas Avatar

    I have loved all of these Paws and Reflect posts. I feel like I am right there, following Jesus. Thank you for sharing!

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  16. Jeffrey H. King Avatar

    I really love the little touches that reinforce that this is a dog’s point of view; pack leader, eight dog trots, etc. This is a very fun series David!

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  17. Gary Fultz Avatar

    Sometimes a dogs perspective, like a child’s perspective, helps fill in some gaps on our (adult perspective…) love the series idea David

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  18. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Dogs can sure teach us about loyalty and devotion. I aspire to look to Jesus like Buck did I’m the story. Stopping by! His best to you.

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  19. Don't Lose Hope Avatar

    My heart melted as I loved into the dog’s eyes. Such kindness and devotion. May we have eyes like that as we follow Jesus. Thanks for another great post!

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    You’re very welcome

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  21. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Andy B. God’s best to you and the Berry Bunch!

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  22. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Pastor Pete!

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  23. Avatar

    I love these posts!!

    Tells of Jesus in such simple to understand ways.

    Andy B

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  24. pastorpete51 Avatar

    Great continuing story and I love this line Dave. “Those guys smelled like fish no matter how long they stayed away from the water.”

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  25. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Deborah. I’m glad you liked it. God’s best to you and Todd!

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  26. deborah w. farris Avatar

    Wonderful story, David—and title!

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  27. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, BG. I appreciate your reading and sharing. God’s best to you, my brother!

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  28. BG Avatar

    Love the story bro!

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