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To Scoop, or Not To Scoop; That is the Question: 2017 CAAWS Mystic Krewe of Mutts Parade

09:50 February 20, 2017
By: Keith John Paul Horcasitas
Da Krewe of Mutts just held its 18th annual Capital Area Animal Welfare Society's (CAAWS) 2017 Mystic Krewe of Mutts Parade and Bark in the Park and fun events in Baton Rouge on Sunday, February 19!
While I wasn't able to attend this one, for many years, it was fun taking our kids to these howlingly successful outings with our true 4 legged BFF ("Best Friends Forever!")!
This great canine Mardi Gras adventure helped me today to recall a fun neighborhood experience that could have been a true Shakespearean Comedy Addendum to Hamlet!
To scoop, or not to scoop; that is the question: whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them. (Hamlet, Prince of Hamlet [revised], William Shakespeare, 1601) 

We can learn all kinds of facets to spirituality even through the experiences we have with our pets. Even the Canaanite woman in the Gospels made a notable point about faith that brought about the expulsion of a demon from her daughter after she stated, "Please, Lord, even the dogs eat the leavings that fall from their masters tables." (Mt. 15:27

Taking a dog for a daily promenade is such a joy - to be out in the neighborhood, visiting with neighbors, and even providing a type of neighborhood watch. After a hard day's work with all the stresses that may come, it is helpful and healthy to take such walks with our canines that can even be seen as a form of prayer. 

Raphael, our Toy Poodle, loved to venture out into the surrounding home area and secure his territory. With a dog to almost every house in the neighborhood, he certainly had his paws full every day with designating his domain. 
And Sidney, was a free spirit and unleashed friend, which certainly had fun playing with Raphael and bragged his independence. 
Sophie, a doggie from next door, also had had some great romps with Raphie and almost always got away with one of John Paul's (our youngest son) toys. 

Being a remnant of the Sensitive 90's type guy, concern for my neighbors always seemed paramount in my mind and heart. Didn't someone famous once say, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you?" How many times have we all lamented to our kids about the Golden Rule? And we have all heard His answer to that ultimate question, "And who is my neighbor?" - that showed us the loving example of the Good Samaritan. 

Well, on one of these fond walks, after having carefully let Raphie strategically deposit his 'hood boundary demarcations so as to be incognito, Joy came over for a chat. 
Anxiously anticipating a nice conversation with her about currents events and in the company of Kelly, another neighbor, and Hershey, her Cocker Spaniel, Joy said to me, "You need to get a Pooper Scooper!" 

How does one respond to the truth? If we're going to talk the talk, then we'd better walk the walk," someone once also said. If I had had a WWJD bracelet on my wrist, this certainly would have given rise to a serious examination of conscience moment! 

So the very next day, you can be sure you know who high-tailed it to Pet Smart to get the necessary accessories - I never knew there was so much of a selection in such wares. I need to apply the same responsiveness in my faith walk. Am I smart and dedicated about the spirituality commitments I make? 

Now, I'm well equipped for the journeys through the neighborhood with Raphie and have learned an invaluable lesson in life that Hamlet noted in response to Ophelia's reply: "I humbly thank you, Joy, well, well, well!" (Hamlet, Prince of Hamlet [revised], William Shakespeare, 1601) 
May I strive to be the Great Teachers Pet and humbly listen to Him! 

For more info about CAAWS: Capital Area Animal Welfare Society (Photo also provided by CAAWS)

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