No I haven’t gotten confused about the title of Rob Bell’s book, Love Wins. I haven’t even read it, but I sure know it’s caused an uproar. What’s that all about? Have you read it? What did you think?
I’m talking about our mighty Jack Russell Terrier, Faith. She is the shortest, friendliest, pudgiest little Jack Russell you’ll ever meet. Her tail reminds us of a hummingbird when she gets really excited. She’s a powerhouse! And even though she would definitely prefer to be indoors when it’s too hot, too cold, or raining, she still has that fierce Jack Russell tenacity.
Mice, bunnies, groundhogs, and moles know to stay clear of our yard. She is ruthless going after them and proud to eliminate them. We’ve had to physically remove her from a hole where she’s been barking for almost an hour because she can almost reach her prey, but not quite. I really wonder if we didn’t go and retrieve her if she would bark until she lost her voice OR if her victim would surrender to make the yapping stop!
Anyway, Tony heard Faith barking the other day when he got home from work. He could tell it was coming from the creek, but figured she was just chasing something. He went inside and finished working, so it was about an hour later when he went back to his car for something and STILL heard her barking.
This time, he decided to take the boys and go see what she was doing.
She wasn’t ruthlessly barking at the home of some animal’s den. Nope, she was stuck on a little island in the middle of a deep spot in the creek. The water was rushing because of our recent rain and it was COLD. Apparently she got that far and decided that the deer wasn’t worth it. But it was too late. She’d gotten too cold and worn herself out. When she tried to jump back onto the steep creek bank, she would just slide back down.
Jake had to wade out into the water and get her. He said you could see where she had jumped and tried to scratch her way up the creek bank until she’d exhausted herself.
She was SO happy when Jake lifted her off that little island. I can just imagine her little tail wagging 90 to nothing! The boys brought her back home, got her dry and warm, and gave her a comfy place to rest.
We were so glad that she’s tenacious and kept up that barking until we realized that she needed help. We’re glad she was smart enough to know when the current was too strong for her to swim.We’re proud of her for how she kept trying.
She didn’t lose faith in us. She knew we’d come.