Five years ago we got a dog - a standard poodle that wouldn’t shed. Bear became part of our family and we fell instantly in love. Last year we noticed something strange - our non-shedding dog was shedding. Slowly, his chocolate brown hair turned grey, turned brittle and started falling out by the handful. Bear was eventually diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease called Sebaceous Adenitis. With treatment his hair initially grew back, but now our “non-shedding” dog is shedding again. He doesn’t know that he looks like a mangy scraggamuffin. He is just happy to be loved and cared for. I could learn a lot from our bare Bear. When life doesn’t work out as I expect, I would do well to remember that I am loved and cared for. On any given day, I may look or feel like a scraggamuffin, but God loves me anyway. Thanks be to God!