Only a Dog by Hesba Stretton. A short story. Also found in the book: The Christmas Child and other stories.


Latimer Churchill loved his dog Jock and they had many good times together. When he married Nelly, she found a jealous pain began to take root because of Jock. The question is asked, "Does sin stop with ourselves; or does it descend as an evil influence upon the lower animals which we associate closely with our own habit and lives?" This story illustrates repenting from jealousy and asking forgiveness.—Curiosmith (2015).


  • Chapter 1 — Jock's New Mistress
  • Chapter 2 — Jock's Disgrace
  • Chapter 3 — The Passing of Jock


  • Latimer Churchill — The vicar of the town.
  • Nelly Churchill — Latimer's second wife.
  • Jock — the dog, the main character.

Important Scriptures:

  • Psalm 19:12 — Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.
  • Song of Solomon 8:6 — Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.
  • Matthew 5:20 — For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
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