Learning About Worship from my Dog Pochito

Recently, a good friend of mine, Reggie Bridges, gave me an awesome gift; a little Dotson puppy that has quickly taken the heart of my family. This dog is truly giving this family a lesson about worship.

Recently, a good friend of mine, Reggie Bridges, gave me an awesome gift; a little Dotson puppy that has quickly taken the heart of my family. This dog is truly giving this family a lesson about worship.

     The word “worship” means: “As a dog licking his master’s hands.” Perhaps, if we want to study good lessons about worship we can save a lot of money on books and conferences; all we have to do is look and study the behavior of our dogs.

     We named the dog, Pochito. As far as I am concerned, Pochito means nothing; it has no meaning; it is just a funny sounding name that we find appropriate for a dog that small. By the way, I broke all my rules on dogs when I got Pochito; I said many times that I would never own a dog smaller than a cat.

     The first thing that impresses me about Pochito is that he does not even know us well, but he is as exited as if he knows us forever. Many of us know so much about God, but still can’t experience excitement about Him.

     We ought to be crazy about our God, passionate about Him and totally dedicating our lives to Him. Pochito always wants to be around us; I am talking about…always. If we are sitting down watching TV he wants to be close to us. If we are reading he wants to be close to us; even when we go to the bathroom he waits outside the door crying for us to get out and pick him up.

     Pochito is teaching me to pray for that kind of hunger for God; where I am so, in love with Him that I can’t live without His manifested presence; where I get love-sick just to be one second away from Him. My God, help us Lord!

     I already gave Pochito a bath and I have to tell you; he was not too excited about that one. However, the other day I was taking a peaceful bath and did not realized that I left the door just open enough for Pochito to squeeze his little body through the door into my bathroom. Pochito started jumping up and down as he wanted to, again, be close to me. I was not expecting this, but somehow he managed to jump in my bathtub. It was so funny; he started swimming, as he was so, small that he was not able to stand. I told myself, well that should have scared him enough not to try this again, but again and again he jump in that bathtub.

     Pochito gets so excited when he sees us that he doesn’t care about food, water, going potty, etc. Pochito is all about us! My God, I don’t remember the last time I lost my appetite for being so excited about Jesus; many times we can’t even push the plate back just for a while to spend some time with Jesus in prayer and fasting.

     Everything that we go through in life has a purpose and everybody that we get in contact with in this world has a reason for being in our lives. Truly, my dog Pochito is teaching me about Worship.“Father I pray that you will give me a passion for you just as Pochito has a passion for us.”

I wonder what your dog is teaching you! Do you care to share?

Author: angelcasiano

An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director. While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog. In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot. In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona.

5 thoughts on “Learning About Worship from my Dog Pochito”

  1. oh angel, how insightful!!!…i loved loved loved this reference and it is one that will stick with me bcuz i too own a wonderful dachshund friend as well…she is absolutely the most clingy dog i have ever owned so much so that she not only wants to be in the room with us but has to absolutely be touching us so close that her whole body MUST be in contact with our body or she will keep moving and adjusting until she gets it that way…oh Lord that i have the desire to be that close to him where i can absolutely feel His heart beat…can you imagine if we could feel our Savior’s heart beat, might we actually feel for others the way He does and love those who are not necessarily loving or easy to love…wow, this opens up whole new doors of questions to ask myself about my true passion for Christ…thank you Angel again for giving me new insight on my quest to become more like Christ…love you brother!


  2. One of my dogs goes hanging out very close to us before and during storms. I always guessed it was the static, since she is pretty reliably clingy leading to a storm begin. And it’s very clear when she starts to cling, because she’s a puppy who really likes her space.


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