I know it might sound ridiculous to say that raising our little puppy has somewhat prepared me for children (though I am currently not expecting), but I do believe it has... at least it's brought me to the realization that I will never be able to fathom the amount of love I will have for my kids. Me and Jim grew up loving dogs... and especially have fallen for Joel. He has grown up so much in the last 6 weeks. I am convinced that God cares for animals as another beautiful part of his incredibly creation. It still amazes me to know that he cares for the lilies in the field and feeds the birds of the air... and loves and provides for me as well! I wish there was more I could do for animals that are still homeless and are written off as "dangerous" when they have never had the opportunity to be trained and loved. In conclusion: I am convinced that dogs go to heaven!!!