Happy Birthday PQ Puppy!

Photo taken by Mandy Sweigart-Quinn
Photo taken by Mandy Sweigart-Quinn

In light of the stay at home mandate I will not be able to celebrate my puppy’s first birthday, so I thought I would share the day with y’all!

Before June 17, 2019 I was NEVER responsible for keeping anything alive other than

Bringing PQ Home
Bringing PQ home June 17, 2019

Planty. God has taught me SO much about myself through the PQ puppy. I have learned more lessons than I could ever have imagined! Some good and some ugly. Thankfully, Nathan grew up with dogs so this is no issue for him. Having a puppy also calms Nathan in a way in which I never imagined! For me, honestly, there are moments where I just do not know what to do!


I have SO much more appreciation for parents and for people with animals. I also have FAR more appreciation how patient our Triune God is with us. There are times when PQ bites his leash or when he takes fifteen minutes to do his business. There are times where I say aloud, “Come on PQ! Get on with it! Let’s go!” And he just keeps hopping and circling away.

I cannot help but laugh at how often PQ would like to eat or do things that could harm him. PQ has yet to meet a leaf, stick or blade of grass that he does not like! I know there are times where I go after things that the Lord says are bad for me. In many ways that I have the same mannerisms before Holy God as PQ; however, in his case he is not a new creation. We as believers are.

By now you may be wondering what does “PQ” mean? Legally, our puppy’s name is PQ (pronounced “Pee Cue”). We have a running joke that Nathan’s the NKQ and I am the ALSQ. I said if we ever got a pug we could name him “PQ” for “Pug Quinn!” Well, long story short we did not get a pug, we have an adorable Cavapoo (aka Tiva puppy) and now PQ means “Puppy Quinn.”  When I told my mom we got a puppy and his name was PQ she said, “That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard!” My mother-in-law agreed!

Thank you for allowing me to share this moment with you!

Father God, thank You Lord for the lessons that You teach Your people through creation. Thank You Lord that You are patient and do not give up on Your people. Lord God, thank You for this online community. Lord, how sweet it will be when Your people will be able to gather together in person again. Lord God, thank You for PQ. Thank You for the way that You have used him to humble me. Thank You for caring about all Your Creation. Lord help us to love and care for all that You have entrusted to us well. In Jesus’s Name I pray, Amen.

PQ in LeavesMessy PQMe and PQPQ and I selfie

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My name is Mandy Sweigart-Quinn, I live in Lancaster, PA and I am a “Blue Collar Theologian.” I love Jesus! I am passionate about His Word (The Holy Bible)! I come alive when I can encourage others in their walk with Jesus (whether by writing or speaking). As a “Blue Collar Theologian” it is my aim to live/practice/work out my Christian hope with sincerity, authenticity and genuineness. As a “Blue Collar Theologian,” I strive to meet people right where they are (“Incarnational Theology”). I graduated in May 2019 from Capital Seminary and Graduate School with a Master's in Biblical Studies. I am a passionate, excited and enthusiastic person! I love flowers, sports and sunsets. Since January 2, 2018 I have had the privilege of being married to Nathan.

37 thoughts on “Happy Birthday PQ Puppy!”

      1. Hi Mandy, wasn’t sure if you would mind me calling you PQ’s Mama! Peggy and I are both doing well. I’m still working part time but basically working all alone so no real problem there. Yes, we in Canada are in a stay-at-home mode until further notice. Things are pretty quiet except at the hospitals. Only 122 cases in all of Nova Scotia right now and no deaths yet but talk to me in a month. Stay safe and take care of one another! Blessings!

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      1. We are doing well. There are about 20 of us who live on the campus. We have suspended external programs for right now but planning on late spring and summer. Working on a new program “Leadership the Jesus Way: A Faith at Work Series”. About a launch a digital version of a “Marriage, Family and Parenting” program. Keeping busy. 🙂

        And you?

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      2. Hi, Michael! I admire you so much!!! If there is anything I can do to help with your new program, I would love to be a part of it! I am just soaking in the Lord and His goodness during this season in life! God is changing me so much from this, challenging my comfort zones/levels. Thank you for the update! I am praying for you!!!!

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      3. Thanks for the kind words and the offer. We are looking long term to offer the series once a month so we will expanding faculty for that. Would love to chat with about that at some point.


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  1. Outstandingly precious, Mandy. Love my dogs, always have. It’s true, I have often thought of how dogs (pets) teach us about our Father’s love for us. You look so happy with your little kiddo. Good to see. God’s grip – Alan

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      1. Thanks for asking. We are under the “Shelter-N-Place” order. I, for one, have zero problem with it…most of the time. Unfortunately, I have several health conditions which forces me to obey the order. It’s heart, high & low blood pressure, kidneys, diabetes…blah, blah, yada-yada. It all stems from a near death experience from 2013 where I had a full-organ shutdown. (I think my pianos shutdown as well:). My wife has to go to the store for me since the virus hit, so I am boxed-in. Otherwise, I feel well, for what’s normal for me. But, you, dear girl, you guys stay safe & guarded. More and more younger demographics are now victims of COVID-29. That’s what I’m telling my three grown daughters. Here’s bto a virtual elbow-bump. Lol

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      2. One of my best friends, Kelly, is an ICU nurse in Fort Worth and her unit is only treating coronavirus patients. Kelly is amazing and loves Jesus more than anyone I have ever met. I am genuinely worried and concerned for her as cases continue to climb. I am thankful for your wisdom to stay home, Alan! I go outside for exercise but I stay away from people. I only go to the store when necessary. I find when I do enter a store I have more anxiety than ever before. I use to smile at everyone and now, I just look for my product, pay and leave. One of my many college jobs in life was being a cashier at a grocery store. I appreciate what these people are going through. I learned more about people working in a grocery store than anywhere else. I am thankful that your wife is able to shop for you! I am thankful for you, Alan. As a person who is a hugger by nature, I gladly accept your elbow-bump! Love and blessings to you and your family!

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