My Dog has a Launching Pad

Therefore, who ever hears these sayings of mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who builds his house upon the rock:  and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.  Matthew 7:24 Hurricane Ike left our home un-inhabitable.  The wind damage was actually not that bad, it was the flooding that did all the damage.  We were forced to live elsewhere for three months as our home was being repaired.   We took this opportunity to do some much needed renovations.  One of the changes was the floor.  Out with the carpet, in with the wood.  We love it!My dog, Lea, a six year old black lab, has a different opinion about the wood floors.  She recently commented..well...if she could comment.  that wood floors should be outlawed.  She hates them!  She can't sneak up on anything because of the clack-clack sound of her nails tapping the floor as she walks.  Worse, she can barely get going when she hears the postman delivering the mail and needs to run to the window to bark, and even worse, can't stop when she gets there!  Yep, Lea hates the new wood floors.It hasn't been all gravy for us, either.  Lea sleeps on the bed, at my feet...always.  We have a new bed as well, a very high new bed.  There is no possible way to sleep through the sound of Lea trying to  jump on to the high bed from the new wood floors.  It sounded like a prolonged small arms exchange from a video game...clak..clackity..clack,clack....and finally, the jump..which she sometimes made!  The problem you see,  was the footing.  Lea can't get good footing,  a solid foundation, under her on the slippery floors.We bought a nice rug to place near the side of the bed.  It complements the colors of the floor and the curtains, and the bedding.  Most of all, it gives Lea a launching pad.  On the rug she has a firm, stable foundation from which to jump on the bed.  Now, in a most Labrador fashion, she flies effortlessly from the floor to her rightful spot on the bed.  A firm foundation is so important.   We can launch into most anything from a firm foundation.  I am glad that I have a firm foundation of faith from which to launch into my treatments.  I pray that you do, too.  God bless,Pastor Rob