*With the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation we revisit an old post to begin our celebration of this event*


Martin Luther in his day had a dog he loved very much.  He was called Tolpel which I have seen translated as fool, numskull and other derogatory remarks. However, others say it is actually clownie and I believe Luther was calling him clownie for he loved his dog mightily.

Luther’s dog is mentioned in the Table Talk  quite often and I thought I would share some of the quotes here…


‘When Luther’s puppy [n. 116, Luther’s dog Tölpel is mentioned again and again in the Table Talk.] happened to be at the table, looked for a morsel from his master, and watched with open mouth and motionless eyes, he [Martin Luther] said, “Oh, if I could only pray the way this dog watches the meat! All his thoughts are concentrated on the piece of meat. Otherwise he has no thought, wish, or hope.
Luther’s Works, Volume 54, Table Talk (Philadelphia: 1967), pp. 37, 38. May 18, 1532

Here is more….

Dr. Martin Luther played with his dog and said, “The dog is a very faithful animal and is held in high esteem if he isn’t too ordinary. Our Lord God has made the best gifts most common. -Table Talk

Finally he was asked about Dogs in heaven and I love his answer…

Asked about the restoration of all things and whether there would be dogs and other animals in that kingdom, he said: “Certainly there will be, for Peter calls that day the time of the restitution of all things. Then, as is clearly said elsewhere, he will create a new heaven and a new earth. He will also create new Clownies with skin of gold and hair of pearls. There and then God will be all in all. No animal will eat any other. Snakes and toads and other beasts which are poisonous on account of original sin will then be not only innocuous but even pleasing and nice to play with. Why is it that we cannot believe that all things will happen as the Bible says, even in this article of the resurrection? Original sin is at fault.”
[from Preserved Smith, The Life and Letters of Martin Luther, (London: John Murray, 1911) p. 362. ]

So, Martin Luther planned on seeing his Clownie in heaven after leaving this earth which gives me much joy for I hope to be surrounded by a rowdy bunch of collies who will sing heavenly songs in dog tongue….  but I have only one question….

what happens to a collie like Ginger?


What do you mean?  I am going to heaven… after all who is going to slingshot you out your hammock in heaven?  I can smell the fire and brimstone now!!! Muwahahahahah…. what? what do you mean there is no fire and brimstone and sulfur in heaven?  What?  Its where?  Um…. hope you enjoy your stay there for I have a wrecking ball to break through those pearly gates if I need too…. 🙂 After all.. who wants to take over the number two spot when I can try for the top spot. *Grin*


They Learn fast

-It will be fun Minion… er.. Winchester…. try it out and see what happens… it will be a good laugh…..

-So that is what happens when you mix gasoline, dad’s clothes and a match.,,,,,,

-Want to play ball dad?  By the way, I know nothing about that smoke behind you….. ball, ball, ball,



-Having lots of fun today Dad!!!  Hole to China still progressing, the bombs that Ginger does not have are continuing to stockpile, her next plot is almost ready and when do we get another Collie Birthday Bash? That was fun!

-The Birthday Bash was fun!!!

-Hehehehehe, the minion is causing the old guy grief by propaganda to keep the old guy off balance so when I launch my next attack he will no know where it will come from…. Muwahahahahaha



-By the way, I dont know anything about the massive explosion that is about to happen……

Guess What!!!!!

-Guess what!!  The hole to China is coming along nicely and how do you like my newest trick?  I run across the yard like I see something barking and everyone gets up and barks like fools until they realize there is nothing to bark at!  Muwahahahahah  Well. its been five minutes since I pulled that, time to do it and again and start digging again!!!

-Guess What!!! Your tractor tire doesnt hold air any more……


-That my hole to China is over half way there!



Learning Fast



-Hey Dad, we need to talk. Got a minute….

  • Look I need a raise. I need more treats because I am cute…..

-What do you mean no?  Listen old guy, let me make you a deal you can’t refuse (sounds like the Godfather as he speaks!)

-You then offered him a deal he couldnt refused.. and he laughed and it worked?   Very impressive Minion.. er Winchester… very impressive.