Animal Blessings: Prayers and Poems Celebrating Our Pets

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Our pets. They are our loyal companions and our faithful friends, a constant source of joy and inspiration. In this endearing anthology of prayers and poems, June Cotner has handpicked choice writings by some of the world's most notable animal lovers to celebrate the playful, the poignant, and the profound ways these wonderful creatures touch our daily lives.

Selections include Emily Dickinson's astute observations of her cat, Roger Caras' thoughts about the love a dog brings to...

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Our pets. They are our loyal companions and our faithful friends, a constant source of joy and inspiration. In this endearing anthology of prayers and poems, June Cotner has handpicked choice writings by some of the world's most notable animal lovers to celebrate the playful, the poignant, and the profound ways these wonderful creatures touch our daily lives.

Selections include Emily Dickinson's astute observations of her cat, Roger Caras' thoughts about the love a dog brings to a home, and a cat's rules for running a house. Readers will be delighted by Anne Porter's poem exalting a spring symphony of peepers and Rumi in praise of birds in flight. The section "Partings" includes Annie Dougherty's lovely poem "Time to Say Good-bye" and Lord Byron's epitaph to his dog. "Reflections" includes the words of St. Francis, Jane Goodall, and Chief Seattle, reminding us that we are all interconnected beings, and James Herriot and Walt Whitman honoring the humble dignity of all creatures.

Animal Blessings makes a wonderful gift for all animal lovers. This delightful volume is a charming companion that reminds us to be grateful for everything our pets and all the other animals of the world bring to our lives.

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Editorial Reviews

Mark Victor Hanson
Bless yourself with love, joy, and inspiration by reading Animal Blessings!
USA Today adorable collection of special thoughts on our animal friends.
Carol Memmott
Animal Blessings: Prayers and Poems Celebrating Our Pets is an adorable collection of special thoughts on our animal friends. Here one can find consoling, memorial prayers and inspiring tributes.
USA Today
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062516459
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 583,745
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 6.25 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

June Cotner is the author of the celebrated Graces, Bedside Prayers, Get Well Wishes, Animal Blessings and Family Celebrations. She lives with her husband, two wayward dogs, and two stray cats in Poulsbo, Washington, just outside of Seattle.

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If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can get going without pep pills,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with
your troubles,
If you can eat the same food every day and be
grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too
busy to give you any time,
If you can overlook it when something goes wrong
through no fault of yours and those you love
take it out on you,
If you can take criticism and blame without
If you can ignore a friend's limited education and
never correct him,
If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a
poor friend,
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
If you can honestly say that deep in your heart you
have no prejudice against creed, color, religion,
or politics,
Then, my friends, you are almost as good as your dog.

-Author unknown


Part leaf, part shade,
they stand beside the road,
and we are foreign. Out there
at the edge of the clearing,
some drift into the sun,
faces lowered to crop clover,
backs flecked with light.

In deer country, they live
in their own time; even running,
their limbs flow softly into grass,
their bodies weave like water.
They are the old way
of moving on the Earth.

-Penny Harter


As we lay our hands upon you,
Before your final rest,
Our hearts surround to love you,
And thank you for yourbest.
Our home you watched and treasured,
Our lives you truly blessed.

Lessening now your burdens,
We tend your tired bones.
Let us be your pillow,
Then wings to take you home.
Listen for God's calling,
Sweet promises of peace.
Old friend, leap to Heaven,
Suffering released!

-Annie Dougherty


Not only is there always another good animal in need of a good home, but we must remember to be thankful for the time and love our animals give us while they are here. Take time to enjoy them and learn from them. As painful as it is to lose them, they teach us to love unselfishly, they teach us to live each day to the fullest, they teach us how to grow old gracefully, and they teach us how to die with dignity. We do them a disrespect to focus only on the sorrow of their death when they have given us so much joy through their life. If we wish to honor them, take what they have given us, all that love, and give it back to another animal in need of help.

-Kent C. Greenough
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Table of Contents

A Letter to Readers xv
Thanks xix
1 Dogs 1
What I Learned from My Dog 3
I Would Be 5
Welcome Home, New Puppy 6
Making a House a Home 7
Faithful Companion 8
Just My Dog 10
We Really Never Own a Dog 12
Loyal Friend 13
A Perfect Gentleman 14
Old Friends 15
Old Black Lab in the First Snow 16
Scratch a Dog 17
Devotion 18
Comfort 19
A Dog's Prayer 20
Folks Will Know 22
A Dog's Acceptance 23
If You Can 24
2 Cats 27
Cats Make Us Feel Good 29
Magician 30
Peace Keeper 31
Time Spent Watching a Cat 32
The Difference Between Dogs and Cats 33
Basic Rules for Cats Who Have a House to Run 34
The Cat 37
Psalm for a Cat Owner 38
Companion 39
The King of Cats Sends a Postcard to His Wife 40
On a Cat, Aging 41
Room for One More 42
Cat from the Animal Shelter 43
Cat-Haiku-Esque-Poem 44
I Will Always Remember 45
Passerby 46
A Question 48
Stray Cat 49
Cats as Teachers 50
3 Other Animals 51
A Fieldmouse's Prayer 53
All God's Creatures 55
Three Little Fish 57
Grace 58
A Pony's Prayer 60
Last Chance 61
The First of May 66
Midwife to Miracles 67
On Guardian Angels 68
In the Presence of Angels 69
Home Delivery 70
Bird Mother 71
Birds Make Great Sky-Circles 72
The Communion of Saints 73
Deer Domain 74
In Deer Country 76
The Grasshopper and the Cricket 77
Atlantic Dolphins 78
In a Moonlit Night 80
Again, Frogs 81
Bee! I'm Expecting You! 82
The Good Life 83
4 Partings 85
Time to Say Good-bye 87
Mourning the Death of a Pet 88
Long Lost ... Long Remembered 89
Prayer for a Pet's Memorial Service 90
Prayer for the Burial of a Bird 91
Funeral Prayer 92
Farewell, Old Friend 94
An Epitaph 95
Passing On 96
At the Grave of a Fine Cat 97
A Memorial for a Pet 98
In the Loss of Your Pet 99
A Dog Lover's Prayer 100
Dogs in Heaven? 102
Friends in the Great Beyond 103
The Love They Give Us 104
Northwest Indian Memorial on Death 105
5 Reflections 107
If Having a Soul 109
Do Animals Have Souls? 110
They Shall Teach Thee 112
Ethical Conduct 113
Love Animals 114
Hurt No Living Thing 115
Moral Progress 116
Living Holy 117
A True Perspective 118
Animals Are Such Agreeable Friends 119
I Think I Could Turn and Live with the Animals 120
To Portland Cement from Robert Frost 121
Contemplation 122
Child's Lesson 123
Dream Time 124
All Things Are Connected 126
The Animals Never Yell at Me 127
An Animal's Eyes 128
The Peace of Wild Things 129
If I Knew the Ways of Animals 130
God's Special Providence 132
God in All Things 133
Talk to the Animals 134
In Their Innocence and Wisdom 135
Prayer for an Ill Pet 136
To Be of Service 137
Why Do I Care So Much? 138
Compassion 140
Until One Has Loved an Animal 141
We All Belong to the Same Family 142
Respect for Life 143
All Things Bright and Beautiful 144
6 Inspiration 145
A Prayer for the Feast of St. Francis 147
Animal Blessing for the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi 148
A Prayer for a Pet Blessing 150
A Prayer for Animals 151
I Sing for the Animals 152
A Prayer for Protecting Animals 153
Blessings 154
Buddhist Prayer 155
A Blessing for a Child's New Pet 156
In Appreciation of the Family Pet 157
Rainforest Life 158
Blessings in All Directions 159
Hear Our Humble Prayer 161
Author Index 163
Permissions and Acknowledgments 165
Photo Credits 168
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    Emily Dickerson, Roger Cata's precious pogiment moments with their cat, dog.

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