Blog Post by Rev. Paul Frazier
Pastor of First Presbyterian, Hardin, Illinois

My son Travis wanted a Bassett hound that another family couldn’t keep anymore.

The dog’s name was Happy, also named “The Miracle Dog.”

The boy who owned happy wrote a story about how Happy ran away one day and yet, returned home six months later. His mother declared it was a “miracle.”

Happy made me miserable.

Happy barked all the time.



One afternoon, for some reason, Happy wanted to go for a walk at 2:30 pm in the afternoon.

I never walked Happy at that time. A hot summer afternoon.

Happy got walked by me earlier in the morning, and in the evening.

But as I was walking Happy, the Miracle Dog, I saw an overturned riding lawnmower and an unconscious man hanging on the lawnmower.

To make a long story short, I went to him and helped him into his house, and contacted his family.

His family was grateful, and being the kind people they are, wanted to give me all the credit.

I told them to give the glory to God, because I would have never seen their family member, if it wasn’t for Happy who barked at me, making me miserable, because I never walked the dog at 2:30 pm on a hot Summer afternoon.

Happy the Miracle Dog, indeed.

Rev. Paul Frazier
Pastor of First Presbyterian, Hardin, Illinois


  • Posted January 4, 2022 5:16 pm
    Kathy Sherrick

    Who doesn’t feel warmed by a good dog story like this? I’m a cat owner and I doubt either one of my geriatric cats has it in them for miracles!

    Happy the Miracle Dog made my day! And you Paul for sharing!

    • Posted January 18, 2022 11:53 am
      Paul D Frazier

      Glad you enjoyed it.
      I was astounded as it unfolded.

  • Posted January 5, 2022 12:17 pm
    Barbara G. Willock

    Paul ~ So good to hear from you and your wonderful story. God does have an incredible sense of humor as well as compassion, which one of my dogs in particular taught me. So glad you have Happy. Would love to catch up with you some time soon.

    • Posted January 18, 2022 12:00 pm
      Paul D Frazier

      Not much to tell, Barbara.
      The Pandemic has really slowed things down in a slow place.
      I am semi-retired, which I totally enjoy.
      Joan and I have three grandsons now, and they are wonderful.
      Joan is wonderful, too.
      Let’s all stay healthy!

  • Posted January 5, 2022 1:14 pm
    Diane McCullough

    Beautiful story!! Very touching. Only a miracle can explain such things. Thank you, Paul, for sharing this story! May we see more miracles in 2022!!

    • Posted January 18, 2022 12:02 pm
      Paul D Frazier

      Thank you for the kind words.
      And yes, we live in a time which could use some miracles.

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