No, it is not a racial epithet. The Black Mouth Cur is a hunting dog, and apparently we have one, or at least a mixture of one, possibly with a Labrador Retriever, similar to our previous hound, Sparky.
Clifford, the BMC as aforementioned, is one happy hound, that always needs something in his mouth, like some sort of canine pacifier. If not, he will force in his huge maw large (up to 4") branches, bricks, wooden blocks, stones, my forearms or legs--anything--to assuage whatever anxiety he has.
Because of this malady, our BMC has girdled one of our larger oaks, killing it, and now I and a hapless friend, must secure the means to fell the tree. Clifford also hunts above and below ground. Birds, squirrels, moles, voles, cats, raccoons, hamsters, gerbils, octopuses, nurse sharks and whatever else that happens into the yard--they are all toast to the BMC. And he does all of this dispatching with joy and glee. Lord, have mercy.
Our BMC is much like our BFF, as our Ascension sign lady currently has posted on our outdoor sign. The BFF is of course Our Lord Jesus, who with joy has swallowed death forever, crushed the powers of the evil one who dares trespass into our lives, and guards and keeps us in His One Holy Church. He has ruined the forces of evil and has turned to mush all the things that line up to harm us and accuse us. And while we still live on this side of heaven and are subject to the effects of sin, our BFF has disarmed their ultimate control over us by His Good Spirit through Word and Sacrament. Upon the tree of the cross He was placed, but now it is rotted and He lives, and so do we through Him. Lord, have mercy.
We live in this wonderful estate with our Lord Jesus, as Luther describes it in his meaning of the Second Article of the Apostles' Creed:
I believe that Jesus Christ is true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary; and that He is my Lord, Who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood, and with His innocent suffering and death; in order that I might be His own, live under Him in His kingdom, and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence and blessedness; even as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity. This is most certainly true.
Colossians 1:16 For by [Jesus] him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Amen.