More Berry Dog Stories!
Jeanette Berry, April 1986
Dogs have been a part of the Berry
household through the years. I have written previously about
Dino, Tom's golden retriever. Dino is beautiful, gentle,
loving and dedicated. (I heard it said that pets take on the
personality of their owners!) Dino's joy in life is to catch
a ball, a Frisbee, or just a stick. He will chase a ball as
long as anyone will throw it.
On one occasion, our neighbors to
the back held a wedding reception in their back yard. As the
receiving line formed, Dino would take the ball, drop it over the
fence and wag his tail. Eventually someone would get the
message, pick up the ball and throw it. This went on for
hours and hours. It was a funny sight watching all these elegantly
dressed people pick up that slobbery-slick ball, toss it, and then
have nowhere to wipe their hands.
Another dog, Chassie is Dianne's
little white "mutt". When she had a series of misfortunes,
we decided to get this little white muff of a puppy to cheer her.
At 5 weeks he was the cutest little dog I had ever seen, and I am
a sucker for cute, cuddly, little animals. Dianne loved him,
but Chassie grew to become a little pain, like a pesky, little
Dino loved Chassie from the
beginning. Gentle Dino would patiently let Chassie bite his
nose, and chew on his ears. When it got to be too much, Dino
would just get up and move. Many times we have seen Dino
running through the house with Chassie hanging on to his tail by
As Chassie grew he loved to tease
Dino. Someone would throw the ball for Dino, Chassie
would try to beat him to the ball. Since he was smaller and
faster, he would often get it first. Finally there was
something that would upset Dino's calm nature. It
became a game of keep-away, and smart little Chassie would run
where Dino could not come (such as under the lawn tractor).
Like a little devil, he would lay the ball down, but the minute
Dino would lunge for it, Chassie would grab it and run again.
Finally Dino would become so frustrated that he would just stand
Chassie seemed born with the
"anything-you-can-do-I-can-do-better" attitude towards Dino.
It led to some very funny experiences. Tom and I were going
boating. Thinking how much Dino loved the water, we decided
to allow both dogs to go with us. The minute the car stopped
and Dino saw the water, he was raring to jump in. When we
opened the door he made a bee-line for the dock, and without
stopping leaped into the water. Chassie was right behind
him. Keep in mind that Chassie had never even seen a lake at
this time, and knew nothing about water. He leaped just like
Dino, and went flying into the lake. He went under,
surfaced, bubbled, coughed, and scrambled desperately to get out.
We were hysterical!
I look at these two uniquely
different dogs. Each with their own personality and
characteristics; each loved and cared for. I ponder
how they are like the individual Christians.---Maybe even like Tom
and I. Tom is steady, single-minded, a man with a purpose;
beautiful to see in action, and I will admit I relate more to the
impetuous nature of Chassie. I am so glad the Lord loves all
kinds and that each personality can rest secure in His tender
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