A DOG’S PRAYER
Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in the
world is more grateful for kindness than my loving heart.
Do not break my spirit with a stick for though I would
lick your hand between blows, your patience and understanding
will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.
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 footstep falls upon my waiting ear.
When it is cold and wet please take me inside for I am now
a domestic animal no longer used to bitter elements. I ask no
greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet
beside the hearth. Though you had no home, I would rather
follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest
pillow, for you are my god and I am your devoted worshiper.
Keep my pan filled with fresh water for, although I would
not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer
thirst. Feed me clean food that I may stay well to romp and
play and do your biding, walk by your side and stand ready,
willing and able to protect you with my life should yours be
And, beloved master, should the Great Master see fit to
take my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather,
hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the
merciful boon of eternal rest… and I will leave you knowing
with the last breath I draw that my fate was ever safe in your
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