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Priorities and the Dog Whisperer

July 1, 2010

I’m reading the book What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell, and I’m really enjoying it. In the article which gave him the title, he does a story on the Dog Whisperer, a guy named Cesar. If you’ve ever seen the show, you know he specializes in dealing with vicious dogs. In one of the visits, he helps this lady with her Chihuahua named Bandit. The lady was very attached to this dog, and there was a moment when her teenage son tried to pet him. The dog bit her son, and she grabbed it and began petting it, trying to calm the dog down. She didn’t say anything to her son, but she was very concerned that her dog was alright.

That just doesn’t seem right, does it? How could someone be more concerned about a dog than her own child? It is an incredible example of misplaced priorities. Makes me wonder how many times I do the same thing – care more about the little things than I do the big things. In life, in faith, etc. Seems obvious when I read about it, but less obvious when I fall into the same trap.

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