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Hogan Adopts Bella
Article by Frank L. Hoffman
News Story and Photos Submitted by Debby Tanzer - 20 July 2004
Photos Jennifer Aftanas www.miradorrhodesians.com 

Every so often someone sends us a story that proves that God has created in every living being a sense of deep love and compassion, and that we must make a knowing choice to be cruel. (To enlarge the photo of Hogan and Bella, click on the photo or link)

Hogan is a ridgeback dog who has adopted an orphaned fawn, whom the family named, Bella.  The family who found Bella huddled under their steps, believes that Bella's mother was killed by a car.  Hogan realized that Bella needed immediate help and did what any truly caring person would do: he adopted her until she is old enough to take care of herself. (To enlarge the photo of Hogan and Bella, click on the photo or link)

With the exception of Bella's bottle-feeding, Hogan has taken over all the other duties of a loving and caring father.  Bella even sleeps in his bed.  All we have to do is look into the faces of these two animals to know that this is a truly loving and trusting relationship.  (To enlarge the photo of Hogan and Bella, click on the photo or link)

The way we have been trained to think, we would assume that a dog would hunt a deer, but a story like this one also tells us that Isaiah's prophecy (Isaiah 11:6-9) of the Peaceable Kingdom is possible in the here and now.

6 And the wolf will dwell with the lamb, And the leopard will lie down with the kid, And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little boy will lead them.

7 Also the cow and the bear will graze; Their young will lie down together; And the lion will eat straw like the ox.

8 And the nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra, And the weaned child will put his hand on the viper's den.

9 They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain, For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD As the waters cover the sea. (NASB)

Hogan is not a wolf, and Bella is not a lamb, but their relationship is the same.  They dwell together!  And like the leopard and the kid, they lie down together.  They will not hurt or destroy because they are full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. 

Humans can and should learn this great lesson from Hogan and Bella.  It's time we stop fighting against the knowledge of the Lord and begin to live in peace with the whole of creation.

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