Even though we know, misplaced "loyalty" can, under certain circumstances, be costly even dangerous, to the naive among us today. Still we are told in the bible that this same quality, "loyalty," is a very good quality to possess. In fact, the bible even describes Jehovah Himself, as being most "Loyal" to his Servants & Covenant. (Deut. 7:9; Psalms 145:17; Rev. 15:3, 4) And the bible says, this particular quality is a very good quality to possess for all Servants of Jehovah, as exemplified by Jesus Christ. (Psalms 16:10; Eph. 4:24; 1 Tim. 2:8; Titus 1:8) Yes, indeed!
Well, as amazing as it may seem, it appears Jehovah has instilled this fine quality also in his creation too. For example, take this news item about a very, special dog. His name is "Capitan."
Here is the link to this most interesting news item:
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/do ... 56479.html
Story By Eric Pfeiffer, Yahoo! News
An extremely dedicated dog has continued to show its loyalty, keeping watch on its owner's grave six years after he passed away.
Capitan, a German shepherd, reportedly ran away from home after its owner, Miguel Guzman, died in 2006. A week later, the Guzman family found the dog sitting by his grave in central Argentina.
Miguel Guzman adopted Capitan in 2005 as a gift for his teenage son, Damian. And for the past six years, Capitan has continued to stand guard at Miguel's grave. The family says the dog rarely leaves the site.
"We searched for him, but he had vanished," widow Veronica Guzman told LaVoz.com. "We thought he must have got run over and died.
'The following Sunday we went to the cemetery, and Damian recognized his pet. Capitan came up to us, barking and wailing as if he were crying."
Adding to the unusual circumstances, Veronica says the family never brought Capitan to the cemetery before he was discovered there.
"It is a mystery how he managed to find the place," she said.
Cemetery director Hector Baccega says he and his staff have begun feeding and taking care of Capitan.
"He turned up here one day, all on his own, and started wandering all around the cemetery until he eventually found the tomb of his master," Baccega said.
"During the day he sometimes has a walk around the cemetery, but always rushes back to the grave. And every day, at six o'clock sharp, he lies down on top of the grave, stays there all night."
But the Guzman family hasn't abandoned Capitan. Damian says the family has tried to bring Capitan home several times but that he always returns to the cemetery on his own.
"I think he's going to be there until he dies, too. He's looking after my dad," he said.
Capitan keeps watch over Miguel Guzman's grave (La Voz)
[End of news article.]
Yes, over six (6) years later, all observers would have to say without a doubt ... "Capitan" was most "loyal" to his master!
Soooooooo ... Although we may all vehemently disagree at times, still maybe we (JWs and xJWs both), could learn a thing or two from old, "loyal" Capitan...ehhh?
Especially, since ... Jesus is expecting us all ... all to remain "on the watch," stay "loyal" to Jehovah through "thick & thin," yes, all the way to the very "end" of this sytem of things ... right??? (Luke 8:18; Luke 21:28; Matt. 24:13; Mark 13:33-37; Revelation 16:15, 16.
PS: "Personal Notes" by Donald C. Burney and dedicated to a special friend in Jamaica who is going through difficult times, at present.