Dogs play an important role in so many lives that it should come as no surprise that they are seen showing up in various religious traditions. Not only in Christianity, but with various denominations around the world, man’s best friend is sometimes God’s best servant.
To start with, you will find dogs pop in ancient religious folklore with frequency. In most cases they are seen as protectors of man, even being sacrificed when their human companion dies so that they may enter the next world side by side. King Tut was buried with his dog, as were numerous other religious leaders in history.
Ancient mythology is where we first see dogs showing up prominently in religion. Ancient Greeks revered dogs as messengers, and even feared the three headed dog who guarded over the gates of Hades. Meanwhile in Africa, certain tribes believed that it was a dog who solved a conflict between three of their Gods. In return, the Gods gave the dogs the job of guarding women, guiding men, and leading all spirits.
In the Philippines, the Ifugao people believed that earth was created by a great hunter sent to this world with his dogs. Since the terrain was flat, making it difficult to track, the God created mountains, hills and valleys to make it easier to track his dogs and hunt.
Dogs and Christianity
Dogs appear in Christianity too. In Grenada it is believed that the shepherds had three dogs while in Catholicism there are a number of saints who are shown with their dogs. Many were even led to God by their dogs. And the belief that dogs are allowed entrance into heaven is growing among the Christian community.
Consider this as your dog watches his world from behind that PetSafe containment system he lives behind. His entire world is your yard, and that space the wireless fence allows, and in some respects you are his own God. Like our God, you provide the nourishment that a dog needs along with an unforgiving love for when he misbehaves.
We may not hold dogs in reverence the way that other religious denominations of the past have, but they can teach us valuable lessons about love and respect for the creator of our universe. As they stay within the bounds that we have set for them with our wireless pet containment fences, they show us that no matter how long they are kept waiting, there will always be love waiting when you return.