Restless hearts can be destructive | Chroniclers


After visiting me the other day, my friend Heidi returned home and discovered that a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) had exploded in her house. And this ADM has a name: Worf, Heidi’s completely neurotic dog.

While my friend was watching soccer games at our house, Worf had actually escaped from the laundry room where Heidi thought he was locked up and was scratching and chewing around her house. It looked like a pack of mad beavers had gone mad in there.

Worf is a very cute shar-pei – the “wrinkle dogs” – and he is very affectionate and lovable when not messing things up. Heidi has done a lot of research and tried all kinds of things to deal with Worf’s anxiety issues, but to no avail.

I know a bit about weird dogs. My husband and I have owned three shar-peis and our last one, Winston, also had a few loose screws. But Heidi’s puppy takes crazy people to a whole new level.

His quirks began to emerge when Worf, for no apparent reason, became terrified of walking on hardwood floors. A bizarre fear, certainly, and very embarrassing because Heidi’s house is full of parquet floors, but at least it wasn’t destructive.

Things changed when Worf appeared to come into contact with his indoor beaver and nearly destroyed some wooden Adirondack chairs, a “snack” that caused the dog all kinds of horrible digestive issues, which I will happily refrain from sharing. details.

Then Worf started gnawing at other things and dirtying Heidi’s leather sofas. Thinking he might be feeling trapped, Heidi installed a dog gate so that he and Meizi, his other more normal shar-pei, could enter his fenced yard. But then Worf learned to dig – which wasn’t typical shar-pei behavior – and began to tunnel under the fence.

Heidi, who has a busy and demanding job as a physiotherapist, has started receiving all kinds of text messages and calls from neighbors: “Your dog is sleeping in the middle of the road… your dog is in my yard… your dogs are doing it. tour the neighborhood and visit all the other dogs.

My friend, who gave me permission to share this story, then firmly anchored the mangled fence and tried to block Worf’s favorite vanishing points with heavy pieces of wood and stones. Alas, nothing could contain it.

Things got out of hand. The more determined Worf became, the more determined Heidi became. She eventually invested in an invisible electric fence that beeps and gently shocks dogs when they attempt to go beyond its limits, but Worf found two tiny sections that were not covered and walked out. Heidi piled more stones in front of the fence. Worf knocked them down. Heidi’s vet recommended anxiety medication (for the dog, not for her), but that didn’t help.

It was like watching a cartoon battle. Tom vs. Jerry, Roadrunner vs. Wile E. Coyote, Elmer Fudd vs. Bugs Bunny.

Come to think of it, Worf actually reminds me of people I have known who deny or rebel against God, always feeling restless and trapped, constantly looking for something to satisfy them, and often leaving destruction in their wake.

Saint Augustine famously wrote: “You made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you. He succeeded. I know because I have been that person. I have been a Worf. No person or thing could calm or fill my restless heart… until Jesus did.

“Take my yoke upon you,” said Jesus, “and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. “

It is so good to be enveloped in the love and grace of Christ, to experience his rest. Why do we never resist it?

Mary Ann Crum ( lives in Abbeville and is the author of two books, “A Giggle Goes a Long Way” and “Live.Learn.Laugh!” She can be reached at

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