The Little Dog....
One day a little dog took a walk around his master's farm. when he came to the pen where the horse was fed, he heard the great animal call him. "You must be new here," the horse said, "you will soon find out that the masters loves me more than all other animals because I carry large loads for him. I suspect that an animal of your size is of not value to him at all."
The little dog hung his head and was about to walk away when he heard the cow in an adjoining stall, "I have the most honoured position on the farm because the lady makes butter and cheese from my milk. You, of course, provide nothing of value to the family."
"Cow, your position is no greater than mine," called the sheep. "I lend the master wool to makes his clothes. I rovide warmth to the entire family. You are correct, however, about the dog," the sheep concluded. "He gives the master nothing."
One by one the animals joined in the conversation, telling about their honoured positions on the farm. The chicken told how she gives eggs; and the cat, famous for her quickness, how she rids the house of mice. All the animals did agree on one thing: the little dog provide no service of value to the farm family.
Stung by the criticism of the other animals, the puppy found a secluded place and begn to cry. An old dog heard the sobs and paused to listen to the little one tell his story. "They are right," he sobbed, "I provide no service to anyone."
"it is true," the old dog began, "that you are too small to pull the wagon. And you will never produce eggs, milk, or wool. But it is foolish to cry about what you cannot do. You must use the ability the Creator gave you to bring laughter and cheer."
That night, when the master came home exhausted from long hours in the hot sun, the little puppy ran to him, licked his feet and jumped into his arms. Falling into the ground, the master and puppy romped in the grass. Finally, holding him close to his chest and patting his head, the master said, "No matter how tired I am when I get home, I feel better when you greet me. I wouldn't trade you for all the animals on the farm."
....and the greatest of these is love.....