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"May I always be the kind of person my dog thinks I am"

The Dog's Prayer


Treat me kindly, my beloved master, 
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 the 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 ear.

When it is cold and wet, 
please take me inside for I am now a domesticated animal,
 no longer used to bitter elements 
and 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 in the warmest home 
in all the land for you are my god and I am your devoted worshipper.

Keep my pan filled with fresh water 
for although I should 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 bidding, to walk by your side, 
and stand ready, willing, and able 
to protect you with my life, should your life be in danger.

And beloved master, should the Great Master 
see fit to deprive me of 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 that I draw, my fate was ever safest in your hands.

- Anonymous