The human-animal bond can be something to behold. We celebrate this bond throughout the lives of ourselves and our pets. We have posted some poetic words of wisdom to try to describe this bond - see below.
Immediately below we have included links that will provide you with guidance at that difficult time when one may have to face the death of a much loved pet and companion.
A Pet’s Prayer
Treat me kindly, my beloved master,
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 hands between blows,
Your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me
The things you would have me do.
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 footsteps fall upon my waiting ear.
When it is cold and wet, please take me inside,
For I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements.
And I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet.
Though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow
than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land.
Keep my pan filled with fresh water,
For although I should not reproach you were it dry,
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, beloved master, should it be that I am deprived of my health or sight,
Do not turn me away from you.
Rather, hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me eternal rest
And I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew,
My fate was ever safest in your hands.
Four Feet in Heaven
by Alice E. Chase
Your favourite chair is vacant now...
No eager purrs to greet me.
No softly padded paw to run
Ecstatically to meet me.
No coaxing rubs, no plaintive cry
Will say it’s time for feeding.
I’ve put away your bowl, and all
The things you won’t be needing;
But I will miss you little friend,
For I could never measure
The happiness you brought me,
The comfort and the pleasure.
And since you were here to share
In earthly joy and sorrow;
I’m sure there’ll be a place for you
In heaven’s bright tomorrow.
I know you are nervous as you pace up and down.
Although I can’t see it, I sense that you frown.
You’re sad today and yes, I know why;
The decision you’ve reached has made you cry.
Weep not for me nor for what you must do.
What a wonderful life I’ve had here with you.
Where could a stray with no place to go
Be accepted so easily by those she didn’t know.
I’ve had freedom to run and good food to eat;
Children to play with and a warm place to sleep.
But the kids are grown now, they’ve all moved away;
And I’ve gotten old and can no longer play.
I don’t hear any more nor see very much;
Sleep most of the time, respond slightly to touch.
Yes, my dear friend, I have given my all;
For twenty years I’ve lived life to it’s full.
I’m ready to go. Now is the time.
Let’s go to the Vet, don’t change your mind.
You’ll stay with me till I go to sleep,
And then bowing your head you’ll softly weep.
Maybe not right away, but in time to come,
You’ll understand you were my dearest friend.