Reading – A Dog’s Prayer

O Lord of all creatures, grant that man, my master,
be as faithful to others as I am to him.

Make him as loving towards his family and friends
as I am loving to him.
Grant that he may guard with honesty
the good things with which Thou has endowed him
as honestly as I guard his.
Give him, O Lord, a happy and ready smile,
as happy and spontaneous as the wagging of my tail.
Make him as ready to show gratitude
as I am eager to lick his hand.
Give him patience as great as mine
when I await his return without complaining.
Grant him my courage and my readiness to sacrifice all for him,
even my own life.
May he possess my youthful spirit and joy of thought.
O Lord of all creatures, as I am in truth only a dog,
may my master always be truly a man.

  • Author unknown

Poem – The Creation

When God had made the earth and sky
the flowers and the trees,
He then made all the animals
the fish, the birds and bees.

And when at last He’d finished
not one was quite the same.
He said, “I’ll walk this world of mine
and give each one a name.”

And so He traveled far and wide
and everywhere He went,
a little creature followed Him
until it’s strength was spent.

When all were named upon the earth
and in the sky and sea,
the little creature said, “Dear Lord,
there’s not one left for me.”

Kindly the Father said to him,
“I’ve left you to the end.
I’ve turned my own name back to front
and called you dog, My friend.”

  • Author Unknown

Poem – The Council of Dogs

I’ll tell you a tale of a time and a place
a long time ago in a world far away,
When people no longer ruled over the earth,
and a council of dogs kept the peace day by day.

They remembered the day when mankind used to fight
and they swore it would never happen again,
So the council was made up from dogs of all nations,
the chairman elect was a massive Great Dane.

And the Secretary came from the USSR,
a Borzoi who stood so tall and so proud,
But the office of Treasurer has never been filled,
as nothing like money was ever allowed.

The language they spoke every dog understood,
they all lived together, no matter what breed,
And the odd little tiff was very soon quelled by a great British Bulldog,
they followed his lead.

From Mexico there was the little Chihuahua,
from China the Chow Chow, the Poodle from France.
The Norwegian Buhund, the elegant Afghan,
each nation all equal, each dog the same chance.

It never did matter just where the dog came,
whatever the colour, whatever the size,
No hatred and also no discrimination,
always truth, no such thing as lies.

But just then I woke from a very deep sleep,
realised it had all been a dream,
I wondered if things could ever be as perfect
as how I remember the way it had been.

Then I thought of the way that all mankind was living,
the mistrust and fear that each nation did feel,
And I hoped that the lesson the strange dream has taught me,
Would one day show man these ideals could be real.

  • Author unknown