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These are just a few of my favorite sentiments about dogs & other pets;
expressed by those with true understanding and feeling for the animals we love.
|They're posted here for your enjoyment.
They very eloquently sum up many of my own feelings
about dogs and all animals. Enjoy!
|"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader.
He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.
You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion."
"We need another and a wiser and perhaps more mystical concept of animals.
Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice,
man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge
and sees therefore a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion.
We patronize them for their incompleteness,
for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves,
and therein do we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man.
In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete,
gifted with the extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained,
living by voices we shall never hear.
They are not brethren, they are not underlings:
they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time,
fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth."
Henry Beston - Author
"The Outermost House"
Are you ready to come home? Oh, yes, quite so, replied the precious soul.
And as a cat, you know I am most able to decide anything for myself.
Are you coming then? asked God. Soon, replied the whiskered angel.
But I must come slowly. For my human friends are troubled.
For you see, they need me, quite certainly.
But don't they understand? asked God, that you'll never leave them?
That your souls are intertwined, for all eternity? It just is . . . forever and ever and ever.
Eventually they will understand, replied the glorious cat. For I will whisper into their hearts
that I am always with them. I just am . . . forever and ever and ever.
A Dog's Plea
Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, 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 blows,
your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me learn.
Speak to me often, for you 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.
Please take me inside when it is cold and wet, for I'm a domesticated animal, no longer accustomed to bitter elements.
I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth.
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 my friend, when I'm very old, and I no longer enjoy good health, hearing, and sight;
do not make heroic efforts to keep me going...I'm not having any fun. Please see that my trusting life is taken gently,
and I shall leave this earth knowing with the last breath I draw that my fate was always safest in your hand.
And in memory of those we've lost:
THE RAINBOW BRIDGE POEM
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor.
Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them
in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing:
they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance.
His bright eyes are intent; his eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group,
flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet,
you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face,
your hands again caress the beloved head; and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet,
so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
And if our four legged best friends could speak to us in words,
I believe they would gift us with the same wisdom and sentiment
that Christopher Robing spoke to Winnie the Poo:
|"If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together...there is something you must always remember.
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
But the most important thing is, even if we're apart.. I'll always be with you."