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A Dog's Prayer

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A Dog's Prayer

By Beth Norman Harris

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 footsteps fall upon my waiting ear.

When it is cold and wet, please take me inside, for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to the bitter elements. And I ask no greater glory than the privelege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth. Though, had you no home, I would follow through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home of 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 your life should your life be in danger.

And, beloved master, should the great Master see it 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 eteranl rest -- and I will leave you knowing that with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.

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