"One reason for Jenkins' cruelty was his idleness. After he went his rounds in the morning with his milk cans, he had nothing to do till late in the afternoon but take care of his stable and yard. If he had kept them neat, and groomed his horse, and cleaned the cows, and dug up the garden, it would have taken up all his time; but he never tidied the place at all, till his yard and stable got so littered up with things he threw down that he could not make his way about."
This struck me. How many times in my day or week am I impatient or irritable due to idleness? The more idle I am with my time the more self focused I become and the less satisfied I am. The less satisfied I am, the more I pursue pleasure which makes me even more self absorbed. When my hands are busy with the work before me, in my case it's usually work in serving my family, I don't have time to become as self absorbed.
Anyway, leave it to a dog to get my attention. I am grateful that the Lord can use anything to remind me to keep my heart in the right place.