"He's just a dog Wingu was a dog who wanted to be near people. He was a loving dog who wanted love and wanted to give it. I often would think he's just a dog. I wanted to guard my heart and not get too attached. I never mistreated him but just started out not wanting to give too much attention to him. He's just a dog. My intentional efforts to not give him much attention did not deter him. He would escort me to our gate when I would be leaving. He would either be at the gate when I came back or would come as soon as he saw me to escort me to the door. When he heard our vehicle coming he would come to the gate often howling a greeting and tail wagging letting us know he was happy to see us. He liked to lay down in front of us hoping that we would rub his belly. He was not bashful to express his need to get attention but also to give it. He often sat in front of the door whimpering wanting to come into the house and be with us, especially in the evening. Even when we fussed at him he was quick to come near us to get love and give love. In the morning he would wait at the door for me to say "get your rope "and then he would grab the rope and run while I chased him playing keep away. I tried my best to guard my heart from being too attached to him. Without words, just by his constant efforts to express love and want love he won my heart. He's just a dog, but his simple way of love has shown me the power of winning someone's heart through our actions not so much our words. On Monday he was bleeding from the mouth and so we took him to the vet. He had a ruptured tumor under his tongue and the vet gave little hope so we decided to say goodbye to Wingu. We are now missing him. I had not realized how much Wingu had won my heart. He left me with a living lesson on how to win someone's heart without words but just acts of love. I wonder if God used Wingu to give me a glimpse of the relentless love God has for us." Mike and Joann Noel, CMF missionaries to Tanzania.