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August 9th, 2010, 01:43 PM
HERE IN THIS HOUSE - An Animals Prayer
*I will never know the loneliness that I hear in the cries of the other
animals 'out there.'
I can sleep soundly, assured that when I wake my world will not have
I will never know hunger, or the fear of not knowing if I will eat.
I will not shiver in the cold, or grow weary from the heat,
but rather, I will nap in the sun's warmth, and play in the rain's coolness,
and be allowed to smell all that can reach my nose.
My fur will shine, and never be dirty or matted.

There will be an effort to communicate with me on my level.
I will be talked to and, even if I don't understand,
I can enjoy the warmth of the words spoken to me in kindness.
I will be given a name so that I may know who I am among many.
My name will be used in love and joy, and I will relish the sound of it!

I will never be a substitute for anything I am not.
I will never be used to improve peoples' images of themselves.
I will be loved because I am who I am, not someone's idea of who I should
I will never suffer for someone's anger, impatience, or stupidity.
I will be taught all the things I need to know to be loved by all.
I will be praised for my successes, instead of punished too harshly for my
If I do not learn my lessons well, they will look to my teacher for blame.

I can trust arms that hold, hands that touch...
knowing that, no matter what they do, they do it for the good of me.
If I am injured or ill, I will be doctored.
If I am scared, I will be calmed.
If I am sad, I will be cheered.

No matter what I look like, I will be considered beautiful and known to be
of value.
I will never be cast out because I am too old, too ill, too unruly, or not
cute enough.
I will not be left behind because my humans moved - I will move with them.
If a new human baby joins my family, it will not 'replace' me,
but instead will be one more human for me to love, and to love me.
I will not be treated as disposable.
My life is a responsibility, and not an afterthought.
I will learn that humans can almost, sometimes, be as kind and as fair as
other animals.

I was BROUGHT, because I was WANTED!
I will BELONG!
I will be home - FOREVER!


August 9th, 2010, 04:08 PM
Thanks for posting this. It's wonderful!

August 9th, 2010, 04:26 PM
Thanks for posting that...that was beautiful! I sent it to our local resuce in town as I think if it could be printed up using fancy writing and dogs and cats in the background and framed it would be a great way of them to raise money! I know I sure would buy one.

August 9th, 2010, 07:29 PM
That was beautiful, and sad at the same time. Beautiful for the ones we love and are able to keep safe, and sad for the ones who have so little.

August 9th, 2010, 11:24 PM
I have always loved this one. Thanks so much for the reminder mf. :grouphug:

Dog Dancer
August 10th, 2010, 12:00 AM
Thank you for posting this. It's beautiful. I have tears in my eyes as I read it and watch my old girl Shadow slowly, slowly slipping away with old age. Every day a little bit more of her seems to leave me. I will read this to her, knowing she won't understand the words but will know the love they are spoken with.