Safety during a canine confrontation

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When I went through Christian Science Primary class instruction, a course designed to teach students how to heal spiritually, the teacher used an animal analogy one day that stuck with me. She pointed out that we don’t need to fear a chained lion, because no matter how frightening it seems, it cannot hurt us. Symbolically, the chained lion stands for animal magnetism (a term used to indicate something opposed to good, attempting to pull down thought). The calming love of God graciously enables us to conquer it. Last year, I had an experience that forced me to deal with animals of whose nature I was not familiar, and it reminded me of this lesson from my class experience.

One evening late at night I ventured out to my SUV, which was parked on the street in front of our home. I needed to retrieve some things from inside the vehicle, so I sat in the driver’s seat as I loaded my arms full of everything I had to bring into the house. Upon getting out of the vehicle into the dark, I turned around to shut the door, and I heard a panting sound that startled me.

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