In Loving Memory
A Dog's Prayer
Treat me, Kindly, My beloved friend, for no heart in all the world is more
grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.
Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand
between blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach
me the things you would have me learn.
Speak to me often, for your voice is the world's sweetest music as you
must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footsteps fall
upon my waiting ears.
Please take me inside when it is cold and wet, for I am a domesticated
animal no longer accustomed to bitter elements, I ask no greater glory
than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth.
Keep my pan filled with fresh water; for I can not tell you when I suffer
Feed me clean food that I may stay well; to romp and play and do your
bidding, to walk by your side ,and stand ready, willing to protect you with
my life, should you be in danger.
And, my friend when I am very old and I no longer enjoy good
health, hearing and sight, do not make heroic efforts to keep me going. I
am not having fun; please see that my trusting life is taken gently. I shall
leave this earth knowing with the last breath I draw that my fate was
always safest in your hands.