A Dog's Prayer
Treat me kindly, my
beloved friend, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for
your kindness than mine. 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. Keep
my pan filled with fresh water and food, for I cannot tell you
when I am thirsty or hungry. And, my friend, when I am very
old and no longer enjoy good health, do no make any heroic effort
to keep me going. I am not having any fun. Please see that
my trusting life is taken gently. I shall leave this Earth knowing
that my fate was always safest in your hands.
A Cat's Prayer
Show me kindness, my
dearest companion, for no creature is more grateful to you.
Though I seem independent, your calming voice and beckoning arms
are my only real security. You alone provide food in my dish, and
catnip toys recalling my frisky years. When age slow my
agile step, and dims the bright eyes that for now survey a world I
master, do not keep me going. End my life as your true
devotion let me live it in comfort with dignity. I pray you
count the memories of our times together as payment in full for
the lifetime of love you gave me. You see, my precious
friend they are all I have to give you.