"A DOG'S PRAYER"
Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more greatful for kindness than the loving heart in me.
Do not break my spirit with a stick, for 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 domesticated, no longer used to the bitter elements. I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth. And though you had no home, I would rather travel at your side through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow and the coziest home in all the land, for you are my master and I am your loyal and devoted friend.
Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for 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, when age at last deprives 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 my last breath I drew, my fate was ever in your hands........................