Learn from History

Ok, I’ll say it, I like history. Not so much studying things like wars and stock market crashes and things like that. Well, I take that back, I did like studying things like that. But my favorite kind of history was sitting down with my grandfather, uncles, and even my parents and talking about family histories.

I love the stories of both sets of my grandparents living on the farms after their families arrived in the United States. In my case, those from that generation are gone, so I guess it is up to me to pass the history along.

If you pay attention to it history is a wonderful teaching tool. I’m sure you’ve heard; HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF!

I have four dogs; four big dogs. (I will get to history in a minute.) Three of the dogs are bred as livestock guardians. The other dog was bred to eat the food of the “guard” dogs before they can get it. None of the dogs actually guard anything. They mostly just hang around the house and shed hair. That’s it! I have three “shed” dogs and one eating dog.

Sometimes, our biggest “shed” dog wishes she could really guard something. However, she prefers guarding things down the road. Given the opportunity, Lizzie is really happy to go guard our neighbors stuff. Sadly, our neighbors aren’t appreciative of Lizzie’s skills.

Last Sunday, I heard my least favorite words spoken on this planet. “Has anyone seen Lizzie?” It could have been the names of any one of the other “shed” dogs and I hate that just as much. We don’t need to watch the eating dog as much because he know where his dog dish is and he’s coming back.

Those words start panic in our house. People getting dressed, throwing on coats and shoes, heading for the cars. The chase begins, looking for a dog that has an hour head start. This time our wonderful neighbor joined the chase.