Here's the report card Emmit and Matilda got after their stay at a local kennel when I was gone in the Spring.
Now I'm definitely not saying that the fine folks caring for my dogs were lying. But I will say that I know my dogs. I know kennels. I know how my dogs act in kennels.
They are not A students.
Some owners ask me how their dog behaved while they were away, and I give them an accurate picture of the dog's behavior, especially if something is out of the ordinary. Owners sometimes miss small changes in their dogs when it is minor and they see it day to day. If I am familiar with the dog, the change stands out to me.
What I generally skip in the conversation is "normal" dog behavior like jumping on me, resisting going back into their kennel run, or sticking their heads into another dog's food bag and sneaking a few bites. When away from home, dogs aren't perfect.
I hope you are sitting down for this - I'm not perfect either. I'm just as disappointed as you are. It seems like I should be a spiritual giant but I see how often I fail. I jump into conversations I shouldn't have, I resist changing my less desirable behaviors. I eat what I shouldn't given the opportunity.
We are far away from home too. This world isn't the end.
None of the dogs I've owned were perfect. But they were mine. And if you belong to God, He isn't concerned with your behavior, He's concerned with your heart.
Forget about your perfectionism, your defeatism, and any other ism that crushes your spiritual soul. All you need is Jesus, who is just waiting for your heart to return to the safest, most pure love we can have, that frees us for abundant life here, and eternal life after.