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God’s Amazing Creature: Dog

Dogs are amazing animals.  People have forged an intimate link with dogs all the time.  These amazing creatures protect people, provide services to  them and sometimes sacrifice their live for them.  The dogs can be part of our family; it can be easily exemplified from a story of the Quran of the believing men who spent so many years in the cave with a dog! 

[18:18] You would think that they were awake, when they were in fact asleep. We turned them to the right side and the left side, while their dog stretched his arms in their midst. Had you looked at them, you would have fled from them, stricken with terror.

[42:29] Among His proofs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the creatures He spreads in them. He is able to summon them, when He wills.

Like parents and their children, everyone believes that their dog is the best, the cutest, the smartest. But some dogs stand out in the crowd. These are "extraordinary dogs," whose hard work, love, and devotion not only enhance human life, but change it.

[45:13] He committed in your service everything in the heavens and the earth; all from Him. These are proofs for people who reflect.

[39:62] GOD is the Creator of all things, and He is in full control of all things

Chip is a sheep-herding Border Collie dog that lives in northern England with his owner, Raymond McPherson. Sheep-herding dogs make sure all of the sheep go where the farmer wants them. They must do this without hurting the sheep. This is an important job, and Raymond thinks Chip is the best at it. "He's so responsive to commands. We regard each other as a working partnership. He's not only a working partner, he's a friend." Border Collies love to herd and they love to work. "My dogs are very happy when they are working. The expressions on their faces tell the tale. If you want to be cruel to them, don't give them any work."  Managing sheep is exhausting work, but Border Collies like Chip can work a sixteen-hour day and still be ready for more!

[59:24] He is the One GOD; the Creator, the Initiator, the Designer. To Him belong the most beautiful names. Glorifying Him is

everything in the heavens and the earth. He is the Almighty, Most Wise.

[14:34] And He gives you all kinds of things that you implore Him for. If you count GOD's blessings, you can never encompass them. Indeed, the human being is transgressing, unappreciative.

DogHasty is a Golden Retriever dog who lives in the Colorado Rockies with his owner and trainer, Patty Burnett. If you ever happen to go skiing there one day, and have a serious accident, Hasty might be the one to rescue you. That's because Hasty is a Search and Rescue Dog. During a rescue mission for someone buried in an avalanche, Hasty would be the first one to find them, and to dig out a hole for the person to breathe fresh air.  How did Hasty learn to be a Rescue Dog? By playing "Hide and Seek," of course! It's true—Hasty had to learn this and other search games, plus he has to practice rescuing all the time. In rescue drills, a member of the snow team is buried in a cave six feet below the surface. Hasty uses his powerful nose to find him. Hasty's sense of smell is thousands of times more powerful than a humans. He may be having fun, but, one day, Hasty could be an avalanche victim's only hope.

[6:102] Such is GOD your Lord, there is no god except He, the Creator of all things. You shall worship Him alone. He is in control of all things.
[16:18] If you count GOD's blessings, you cannot possibly encompass them. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

Bob Himrod was a soldier who fought in the Vietnam War. At the age of 18 he joined a special branch of the military called the Scout Dog Platoon. From that moment on, he worked side-by-side with his new partner, a young German shepherd named Cracker. Dogs have been helping us fight our wars nearly as long as we've been having them. As Scout Dogs, they are used to detect the enemy and warn of approaching danger.  In Vietnam, Scout Dogs could detect the enemy better than anything else. "A handler and a dog became a team, and you became totally dependent on one another. Cracker looked to me for her protection, and I looked to her for my protection." Sadly, Cracker bravely died in the war when she stepped on a land mine. "If she hadn't been there to take the blast, I don't think

I'd be here today. She was my best friend over there."

[31:20] Do you not see that GOD has committed in your service everything in the heavens and the earth, and has showered you with His blessings—obvious and hidden? Yet, some people argue about GOD without knowledge, without guidance, and without the enlightening scripture.

Imagine trying to open a door, or flip a light switch, with your hands tied behind your back. For some people with disabilities, like 14-year-old Chad Norris, everyday actions that many of us take for granted become nearly impossible tasks. Luckily, Chad has found help from a very special dog named Twany. A dog, you say? That's right. Twany is what is called a Service Dog, and for many disabled people like Chad, these dogs are an essential part of their lives. But Twany is also special in another way. She was trained to be a Service Dog by Carolyn, a woman who lives in prison. Carolyn felt happy to be able to do something good for herself, and for Chad and Twany: "Twany's helping Chad a lot. She's giving him independence where other people don't have to help him. She's there for him." Chad's mother is glad to see him go to school with Twany: "For the first time in Chad's life, he's able to do things on his own. If he drops something (in the hall or in class), Twany's there."

[45:4] Also in your creation, and the creation of all the animals, there are proofs for people who are certain.

If you had to be in a hospital for a few weeks, what would cheer you up? How about a visit from a cute, cuddly, happy dog? Well, that's exactly what Molly and Scooter do several times a month for children who are in hospitals.

[40:62] Such is GOD your Lord, the Creator of all things. There is no god except He. How could you deviate?

Molly and Scooter are called Therapy Dogs, and kids love to be visited by them. "I was in the hospital for a month, and I really missed my dog at home. When these dogs came in, they jumped right into my bed and just licked me, and that made me feel a lot better."

[35:3] O people, remember GOD's blessings upon you. Is there any creator other than GOD who provides for you from the heaven and the earth? There is no other god beside Him. How could you deviate?

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