Dog Blessings: Poems, Prose, and Prayers Celebrating Our Relationship with Dogs

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This collection is a loving tribute to the kindest, most caring and devoted animals known to humankind. Selections describe the exuberance of puppies, the unconditional love of a canine best friend, the joy of a shared day at the beach, the bittersweet glance of an aging pet, and the simple pleasure of coming home each day to a wagging tail and unbridled affection. More than anything, Dog Blessings honors the profound ways that our four-legged friends touch our lives. The perfect book for any dog lover, it can ...
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This collection is a loving tribute to the kindest, most caring and devoted animals known to humankind. Selections describe the exuberance of puppies, the unconditional love of a canine best friend, the joy of a shared day at the beach, the bittersweet glance of an aging pet, and the simple pleasure of coming home each day to a wagging tail and unbridled affection. More than anything, Dog Blessings honors the profound ways that our four-legged friends touch our lives. The perfect book for any dog lover, it can be revisited and shared for years to come.
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Editorial Reviews

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“My dogs are my life. Let this book be a great part of yours.”
— Doris Day, actress and founder of the Doris Day Animal Foundation

Dog Blessings is a moving and tender book of poems, prose, and prayers that gracefully honors our dog companions. Page after page, I found my heart opening even more to the deep love I share with dogs and how much they mean to me. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll call your dog over for a full-body hug. I heartily recommend this book to dog lovers everywhere!”
— Marty Becker, DVM, resident veterinarian on ABC’s Good Morning America

“The poems and short essays in June Cotner’s superb collection are love songs to dogs that remind each of us to count our own blessings. In addition to providing inspiration and comfort, this book has many practical uses, such as offering selections for pet memorial services, quotations for cards to people who have just adopted a dog, and excerpts to read before bedtime for a better night’s sleep. Best of all, read this book to your dogs and then plant grateful kisses on their foreheads.”
— Allen and Linda Anderson, authors of Angel Dogs and Angel Dogs with a Mission

“Since I love dogs and relish their company, I love this book and all the wonderful poems and stories about one of God’s most complete creations.”
— Bernie S. Siegel, MD, author of Buddy’s Candle and Smudge Bunny

Midwest Book Review
Dog lovers, begin to salivate! June Cotner has rung the proverbial Pavlovian bell with her new edited collection of writings celebrating Mankind's Best Friend. Dog Blessings is simply adorable. I have read many of her anthologies over the years, but this one may well be the best. To mix some metaphors, she has not only thrown us our favorite ball with this wonderful read, but hit it out of the dog park as well. . . . Chock full of love, hugs, and beauty, this handsome and handy little volume makes a perfect gift for any animal lover. Walk, no run - no jumping, down, stop it! Sit. Good boy. Do yourself and all your friends and family a favor: Pick up extra copies of Dog Blessings for everyone you know. They will love you for it. But when you unexpectedly get licked in the face, don't say I didn't warn you!
—Thomas Fortenberry
From Midwest Book Review
Dog lovers, begin to salivate! June Cotner has rung the proverbial Pavlovian bell with her new edited collection of writings celebrating Mankind's Best Friend. Dog Blessings is simply adorable. I have read many of her anthologies over the years, but this one may well be the best. To mix some metaphors, she has not only thrown us our favorite ball with this wonderful read, but hit it out of the dog park as well. . . . Chock full of love, hugs, and beauty, this handsome and handy little volume makes a perfect gift for any animal lover. Walk, no run - no jumping, down, stop it! Sit. Good boy. Do yourself and all your friends and family a favor: Pick up extra copies of Dog Blessings for everyone you know. They will love you for it. But when you unexpectedly get licked in the face, don't say I didn't warn you!
Metroland North
A book of poems and prayers pertaining to the special bonds that exist between dogs and their humans can be both entertaining and comforting as we think about our current canine companions and reflect on other dogs who have passed away. In her book Dog Blessings: Poems, Prose and Prayers Celebrating Our Relationship with Dogs, June Cotner has compiled 90 poems and prayers dividing them into chapters on: "A Dog's World", "Puppies", "Our Bond", "Devotion", "Aging Gracefully", "Partings", "Reflections", "and "Prayers, Blessings and Inspiration". . . . Dog Blessings will be of interest to anyone who has been fortunate to share their life with a dog and will make a nice gift.
—Glenn Perrett
SpiritualityandPractice.com
[Dog Blessings is a] delightful collection of poems, prose, and prayers about dogs and the abundant blessings they bring into our lives. . . . Anyone who has ever had a dog will want to purchase this volume which is filled with accounts of the many magical moments these dear companions provide. Check out the poems about puppies, aging dogs, the faithfulness and the devotion of these four-legged creatures, and their impact on our days and our doings.
Best Friends Magazine
Anyone who lives with dogs knows how special they are and how much they affect our lives on a daily basis. . . . In this anthology of poems, prayers and prose by famous and lesser-known writers, Cotner has gathered words that convey the sacred connection dogs and their humans have with each other.
Dogster.com
Dog Blessings is a wonderful tribute to dogs and the impact they have in our lives. Told through a series of poems, prose, and prayers, Dog Blessings honors our best friend. It will make you laugh and cry. It's a book you'll want to share with all the dog lovers in your life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577316169
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 436,939
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

June Cotner is the bestselling author of twenty-five books including the bestselling Graces, Bedside Prayers, and Dog Blessings. Collectively, her books have sold more than 835,000 copies. She is the mother of two grown children and lives in Poulsbo, Washington with her husband and two senior dogs. Please visit JuneCotner.com.
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SKIJORING WITH KANE

The world is a large bay of wonder
and here we are, circling the snow covered golf course under
the ribbon wisps of moonlight-you, mutt with glacial
blue eyes and oil black fur, and me, a girl on skis
skating behind you, seeing your feet kick
through shadows of spruce
and elm. I let go
so that fear waddles on the outskirts
of the golf course parking lot. I let go
because the harnesses connecting our bodies
are taut and stretched and we race
the night, we speed faster than the lone car
passing the adjacent boulevard. Kane, dog of my heart,
if you reach heaven before I do
don't wait for me-run to the distant cloud edges,
let your feet rumble and shake free
a snow storm spiraling toward earth, toward
the winter girl watching from her window, remembering
ice, remembering the soft swift pads
of one dog's feet.

Stephanie N. Johnson

RETRIEVER
"Imagination is the great retriever . . . ."
-Charles Wright

If "Heaven is a lovely lake of beer," as St. Bridget wrote,
then dog heaven must be this tub of kibble, where you can push
your muzzle all day long without getting bloat or bellyache.
Where every toilet seat is raised, at the right level
for slurping, and fire hydrants and saplings tell you, "Here.
Relieve yourself on us." And the sun and moon
fall at your feet, celestial Frisbees flinging themselves
in shining arcs for your soft mouth to retrieve. Rumi says
"Personality is a small dog trying to get the soul to play,"
but you are a big dog, with an even larger heart, and you
have redeemed our better selves. Forgive us forthe times
we walked away, wanted to do taxes or wash dishes
instead of playing fetch or tugger. In the green field
of heaven, there are no collars, no leashes, no delivery trucks
with bad brakes, and all the dogs run free. Barking is allowed,
and every pocket holds a treat. Sit. Stay. Good dog.

Barbara Crooker

OLD FRIENDS

Their youthful years have slipped away,
The old man and his dog.
They have a special bonding
That needs no dialogue.

The chase is just a memory,
But how they used to run
When hearts and legs were stronger
And games were such great fun.

Now the pace is slower
For the master and his mate.
If one lags too far behind
The other stops to wait.

Some things we cannot change
Like aging and the weather,
But true friends are quite content
Just growing old together.

C. David Hay

PRAYER FOR MY BEST FRIEND

Bless his nose, so wet and cold
Bless his fur, so soft to hold.
Bless his tail, it wags so strong
When I tell him he may come along.
Bless those ears that stand so stout
Except when one's turned inside out.
Bless those eyes so filled with love
That surely comes from God above.
For up in Heaven the Angels sing,
They fly with harps on silver wings.
But here on Earth there can be no doubt,
The Angels bark as they run about.

Brennan Boyle,
age 12
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Table of Contents

1. A Dog's World
2. Puppies
3. Our Bond
4. Devotion
5. Aging Gracefully
6. Partings
7. Reflections
8. Prayers, Blessings, and Inspiration
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  • Posted December 21, 2008

    Recommended: A Box of Tissue With Each Book

    I've read nearly every June Cotner collection of blessings and prayers and, until now, found it difficult to choose a favorite. "Dog Blessings" wins the crown. Being a dog lover all of my life, "Dog Blessings" is an incredible journey. It took me back to warm puppies snuggling beside my neck and pillow; long walks around blocks where daily messages were gathered and answered at light poles, neighborhood rocks and trees; and the most difficult journeys to vets and final resting places. Tears of joy and tears of sorrow - a treasure of memories all can borrow.

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