Prayer from a Dog

by Phylis Feiner Johnson

AUTHOR'S NOTE: I wrote the following poem in 1996, on commission from a company called Pet Grafix Ink. I believe they printed it in poster form, although I have never seen a printed copy. The firm now appears to be out of business. If any reader possesses or has seen one of the originals, please email me -- I'd love to track one down! I hope you enjoy the prayer. May it bring you and your canine friends joy and comfort.

Treat me gently beloved master, and I will love you with a full and happy heart.

Show me patience and I will learn to understand your every word and action. I will even protect you with my life if yours is at any time in danger.

Speak to me often, for your voice is music to my ears and I await even the simple sound of your footsteps, knowing soon you will be near.

Shelter me from nature's bitter cold and wet and I in return will warm your feet beside the hearth. Or, if life should be unkind, I will find a place of comfort for us both, for your pleasure is my dearest wish.

Play with me, for I seek your challenge just as I seek to please you. I will follow a thrown ball to the ends of the earth if you choose it and I will swim the seven seas just to see you smile.

Fill my bowl with fresh water and see that I'm well fed, for I cannot speak to ask you and am completely at your mercy. But my trust in you is so complete, I know you will never do me wrong.

And beloved master, when I grow old and the time comes to say farewell, hold me gently in your arms and I will go without a whimper. For with you I am safe and secure. A dog who gave love and received it with a grateful heart.

Copyright 2005 Phylis Feiner Johnson All Rights Reserved