A Parting Prayer – poem

prayer lake

prayer lake

Dear Lord, please open your gates
and call St. Francis
to come escort this beloved companion
across the Rainbow Bridge.

Assign her to a place of honor,
for she has been a faithful servant
and has always done her best to please me.

Bless the hands that send her to you,
for they are doing so in love and compassion,
freeing her from pain and suffering.

Grant me the strength not to dwell on my loss.
Help me remember the details of her life
with the love she has shown me.
And grant me the courage to honor her
by sharing those memories with others.

Let her remember me as well
and let her know that I will always love her.
And when it’s my time to pass over into your paradise,
please allow her to accompany those
who will bring me home.

Thank you, Lord,
for the gift of her companionship
and for the time we’ve had together.

And thank you, Lord,
for granting me the strength
to give her to you now.


Brandy Duckworth

A Special Place – poem

dog running forest

dog running

You have a special place, Dear Lord
that I know you always keep.
A special place reserved for dogs,
to peacefully fall asleep.

A place with fluffy pillows,
and a yard for hiding bones.
With maybe a little babbling creek,
that rushes over stones.

With wide green fields and flowers,
for those who never knew,
of running, playing freely,
under a sky of perfect blue.

Lord, I know you keep this special place,
and so to you I pray,
for one oh so special dog,
who came to you today.

She was full of strength and love,
and so very, very wise.
The puppy look she once had,
this morning left her eyes.

She will be dearly missed, Dear Lord,
This special love of mine.
But, now she’ll romp and play,
in your land that’s so divine.

Speak to my baby softly, please
with a hug and a warm hello.
She’s a special gift to you, dear Lord,
from me-who loved her so.

Author unknown

If He Wakes In Your Arms – poem

dog sleeping

dog sleeping

I can hardly see through my tears… today I sent my best friend of years
and years somewhere he had to go, where pain and sickness he won’t have to know.
He’s been with me ever since he was a pup… today I’ve had to give him up.
He was sick, we both knew it and I wouldn’t put him through it.

Thinking back to the day my wife brought him, I told her then that I didn’t want him…
“Noise and mess and bills to pay!” – I can’t believe I felt that way.
Didn’t know that in the end, he would be my dearest friend.
Didn’t know that he would be the greatest gift that came to me.

How did one like me deserve a friend who wanted just to serve?
What was there that made him love me, with nobody else above me?
When I looked into his eyes, never did he criticize,
never did he hold a grudge, never did he try to judge.

Recently, an anxious day. “How come you don’t want to play?”
Took him to the vet to see what might be wrong with my “puppy”.
Worse by far than I expected, fatal illness was detected.
Nothing much that we could do but keep him comfy til he’s through.

Back at home I tried to tell him of the bad luck that befell him
All I could see in his eyes was wondering why his master cries.
I don’t think he understood – his eyes just asked “Wasn’t I good?”
“How come now I make you sad? Let me kiss and hug you, dad!”

Two last weeks I had to try to find a way to say goodbye.
In that time I told him more than I ever had before
just how much I loved my pup, how it hurt to give him up.
How though gone, he’d always be inside my heart, a part of me.

Then today was no mistaking, I made the decision, my heart was breaking.
I called and asked the vet to come by – I didn’t have to tell him why.
He arrived in awhile and asked “Are you ready?” I sighed, I nodded, I felt so unsteady.
Got down on the floor by my boy who was dying, and I just didn’t care if the vet saw me crying.

As my pup slipped away, the last things he felt were the kisses and hugs of his master who knelt
On that “blankie” beside him to bid him goodbye, who had just one more minute to tell him, to try
to say thanks to his boy for a lifetime of love…. “Dear God, let me see him in heaven above!
But for now Lord, please hold him, watch over his rest… if he wakes in Your arms tell him I love him best.”