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Monday, June 28, 2010


Using specifically trained dogs to protect crops from wild monkeys is increasing in Japan. Farmers are using them in their battle against marauding monkeys. First, two German shepherds were trained in Aomori to be full-time monkey-scaring dogs.

Now, forty-two other municipalities also authorize police dog training centers to train dogs for this purpose. Training time at the facilities is three to four months, and by the end of 2008 they had already trained 194 of the monkey-chasing mutts for farmers.

When the farmers give the go-ahead, the dogs set off into the nearby-forested areas populated by monkeys. The forest at first is filled with monkey calls, but when the dogs bark, the calls stop and the monkeys retreat, driven away from the edge of farmland and into the mountains.

According to Katagawa, a dog trainer, the only quality monkey-chasing dogs must possess is a simple, innate desire to chase monkeys and keep at it.

Source: Japan Newspapers

Even dogs, God has created for a purpose!

And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
(Luke 16:20,21, KJV).

Lazurus did not resent the tongues of dogs that eased and mollified his sores in the absence of human pity!

Dogs are helpful to numerous people and are a comfort to countless numbers of human beings!

Let’s learn from our four-legged friends to comfort the comfortless and help the helpless with the same ardor that dogs do it!

Also be reminded of the Lord's command:
2 Corinthians 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

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