God Makes a Mistake with Dogs
Posted by skiutah on Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Mission Journal Entry: Nov 11, 1982
Sandy Cumberpatch came to our flat, sobbing, in tears, saying her dog was deathly ill. She knew we had the power of the priesthood and asked me and Elder CoventryRM and the other Elders if we’d give her dog, Rocky, a blessing. At first, we thought it was a joke, we were howling with laughter, so to speak. Can you imagine anointing the pooch’s head with oil and starting the blessing “Rocky K9 Cumberpatch, bow-wow, having the authority of the Melchizedek priesthood, we command thee to sit and get better…” However, Sandy loved her dog and truly believed the Mormon Elders had the extra power to ask God to intervene. So we decided to form a circle around the dog and get God’s help through prayer.
Sadly, the dog died shortly thereafter.
We later pondered “why would God create an animal such as a dog, and only give it a 10 year lifespan?” Dogs are the ultimate companion animals, possessing almost supernatural abilities to detect and interpret human emotions. Dogs and humans have a symbiotic relationship; truly an interdependent friendship. We concluded that God had made a big mistake with dogs; he gave these canine soul mates way too short of a lifespan. In this case, God had literally screwed the pooch.