Whitesburg KY

Small dog proves that he can take on all comers


Greetings from the hills and valleys of Eolia and Eolia Christian Community Outreach.

I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me. Jesus – John 14:6

Pets can be a joy and also a pain at about the same time. I’ve mentioned before about how the stray dogs seem to gravitate to our house. This time the neighbors got lucky. When Mark and Emily came home last week, a darling little Jack Russell was sitting in their driveway. It had no identification and Emily just loved him. After much pleading her parents agreed to let her keep him. Cortney and Emily decided to call him Tyson after the boxer Mike Tyson and for good reason. The dog was great with people but hated other dogs with a passion. It was funny at first to see a five-pound Jack Russell trying to take on a dog 10 times bigger, well that all changed. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Since they decided to keep him they feared he would get on the road, so they put him in the lot with Butch, the family’s beloved basset hound. Nothing eventful happened for a few days other than Tyson growling and acting totally anti-social with Butch. We hoped they would all learn to just get along. Well, Sunday night when everyone was in their pajamas and ready for bed, a great howling and moaning came from the dog lot. Tyson weighing in at five pounds had Butch weighing in at about 60 pounds by the ear in a death grip. Tyson was truly living up to his name. All poor old Butch could do was moan and howl.

After much screaming and hoopla by the family, Tyson finally let go. Liz called asking me to make a flyer and post it at the store – Jack Russell to give away! I told her to bring Tyson over and put him in our lot since our dog Jack, a black Lab, no longer used it. Jack immediately ran over wanting to make friends. Yep, you guessed it, Tyson went after him. Jack just cocked his head from side to side as if thinking, you’re kidding, right?

This was about 10 p.m. when most people that have to get up early for work are in bed, but I called Ted Corder to see if he could find Tyson a home because Emily was upset and crying. You’ll never guess where Ted was. Judy said he was on the hillside with a flashlight chasing goats that had broke through the fence, but she’d give him the message. And we thought we had problems.

Good old Ted came through again. He called the next day saying he found a home for Tyson. We gave him to a sweet elderly little lady who had no other dogs. Again, Ted Corder is our hero.

We want to thank all the volunteers for their help with pantry day at ECCO, especially newcomers Ronald and Donald Halberstandt. The Halberstandt brothers immediately volunteered to help after seeing we were a little short of help and had heavy boxes.

I sat on the porch this evening and watched as Pete built a tree house for his three children. Emily and Mark were riding the four-wheeler. As I sit here typing this, the sun has just gone down leaving a light pink hue over Pine Mountain. A sliver of gold moon is shining. The pines on the hill behind our house stand in a stark silhouette against a dark blue sky. Life is good. Life is short.

I’ll leave you with a quote from author Kay Arthur, “When trials come your way – as inevitably they will – do not run away. Run to your God and Father.”

Community bulletin board: Rockvine Baptist Church youth group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m.; the bus will run. Call 633- 4948. The Eolia Community Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at ECCO. All are welcome. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets at 11 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at the Partridge station. Volunteers are welcome. The Partridge Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center. Come and bring a guest. ECCO’s thrift store is open M-W-F, 10-2. All are welcome.

This week our prayer list includes: The families of the miners killed in Utah, Olivia Blair, Jan Sexton, Pastor Lloyd Mullins, Bear Hissom, Curt Sturgill, Jr. Carter, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Randy Niece, Dorothy Nease, Ralph Crane, Doug Bird, those enslaved by drugs and alcohol, may they be delivered, the troops in Iraq, the United States and Iraq, the leaders of our country, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.

Until next week from the folks at ECCO, “God bless.”

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