The Human Animal Bond
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Poems and Writings
Exploring the Amazing Bond Between
People and Their Pets

"Prayer of A Stray"
Author Unknown

Dear God,

Please send me someone who will care,
I'm tired of running; I'm sick with despair.

My body is aching, it's so racked with pain,
And, God, I pray as I run in the rain.

That someone will love me and give me a home,
That warm cozy bed and a big juicy bone.

My last owner tied me all day in the yard,
Sometimes with no water and that was hard.

So I chewed my leash and I ran away,
To rummage in garbage and live as a stray.

But now I'm tired, hungry and cold,
And I'm so afraid that I'll never grow old.

They chased me with sticks and hit me with stones
While I run the streets just looking for bones.

I'm not really bad, God, please help me if you can,
For I have become just a "victim of man".

I'm wormy, and I'm ridden with fleas,
While all I want is an owner to please.

If you find one for me, I'll try to be good,
I won't chew their shoes and I'll do as I should.

I'll love them, protect them and try to obey,
When they tell me to sit, to lie, and to stay.

I don't think I'll make it too long on my own,
Cause I'm getting so weak and I'm so all alone.

Each night as I sleep in the bushes, I cry,
I'm so afraid, God, that I'm going to die.

and I've got so much love and devotion to give,
That I should be given a new chance to live.

So dear God, please, please, answer my prayer and
Send me somebody who will really care...

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We're All God's Creatures
Updated 6/25/11
If Your Pet Could Talk ...
This is What They Would Say to You

1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be very painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want from me.  Do not break my spirit with your temper, though I will always forgive you.  Your patience and understanding will teach me more quickly those things you want me to learn.

3. Have me spayed or neutered.

4. Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for your kindness than mine.  Don't be angry with me for long, and don't lock me up as punishment.  After all, you have your job, your friends, your entertainment.  I have only you.

5. Speak to me often. Even if I don't understand all your words, I understand your voice when it's speaking to me.  Your voice is the sweetest sound I ever hear, as you must know by my enthusiastic excitement when your footsteps fall upon my waiting ear.

6. Please take me inside when it's cold and wet.  I'm a domestic animal and am no longer accustomed to the bitter elements.  I ask for little more than your gentle hands petting me.  Keep my bowl filled with clean water; I cannot tell you when I'm thirsty.  Feed me good food so that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to be by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to share with you my life, for that is what I live for.  However you treat me, I'll never forget it.

7. Don't hit me.  Remember, I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand, but I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me.  Perhaps I am not getting the right food, I've been out in the sun too long, or my heart may be getting old and weak.

9. Take care of me when I get old.  You will grow old too.

10. When I am very old, when I no longer enjoy good health, please do not make heroic efforts to keep me going.  I am not having fun.  Just see to it that my trusting life is taken gently.  And be with me on that difficult journey when it is time to say goodbye.  Never say, "I can't bear to watch".  Everything is easier for me when you are there.  I will leave this earth knowing with my last breath that my fate was always safest in your hands.  I love you.
Since 6/25/11