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.
Dogs -- What I Learned from My Dog -- I Would Be -- Welcome Home, New Puppy -- Making a House a Home -- Faithful Companion -- Just My Dog -- We Really Never Own a Dog -- Loyal Friend -- A Perfect Gentleman -- Old Friends -- Old Black Lab in the First Snow -- Scratch a Dog -- Devotion -- Comfort -- A Dog's Prayer -- Folks Will Know -- A Dog's Acceptance -- If You Can -- Cats -- Cats Make Us Feel Good -- Magician -- Peace Keeper -- Time Spent Watching a Cat -- The Difference Between Dogs and Cats -- Basic Rules for Cats Who Have a House to Run -- The Cat -- Psalm for a Cat Owner -- Companion -- The King of Cats Sends a Postcard to His Wife -- On a Cat, Aging -- Room for One More -- Cat from the Animal Shelter -- Cat-Haiku-Esque-Poem -- I Will Always Remember -- Passerby -- A Question -- Stray Cat -- Cats as Teachers -- Other Animals -- A Fieldmouse's Prayer -- All God's Creatures -- Three Little Fish -- Grace -- A Pony's Prayer -- Last Chance -- The First of May -- Midwife to Miracles -- On Guardian Angels -- In the Presence of Angels -- Home Delivery -- Bird Mother -- Birds Make Great Sky-Circles -- The Communion of Saints -- Deer Domain -- In Deer Country -- The Grasshopper and the Cricket -- Atlantic Dolphins -- In a Moonlit Night -- Again, Frogs -- Bee! I'm Expecting You! -- The Good Life -- Partings -- Time to Say Good-bye -- Mourning the Death of a Pet -- Long Lost ... Long Remembered -- Prayer for a Pet's Memorial Service -- Prayer for the Burial of a Bird -- Funeral Prayer -- Farewell, Old Friend -- An Epitaph -- Passing On -- At the Grave of a Fine Cat -- A Memorial for a Pet -- In the Loss of Your Pet -- A Dog Lover's Prayer -- Dogs in Heaven? -- Friends in the Great Beyond -- The Love They Give Us -- Northwest Indian Memorial on Death -- Reflections -- If Having a Soul -- Do Animals Have Souls? -- They Shall Teach Thee -- Ethical Conduct -- Love Animals -- Hurt No Living Thing -- Moral Progress -- Living Holy -- A True Perspective -- Animals Are Such Agreeable Friends -- I Think I Could Turn and Live with the Animals -- To Portland Cement from Robert Frost -- Contemplation -- Child's Lesson -- Dream Time -- All Things Are Connected -- The Animals Never Yell at Me -- An Animal's Eyes -- The Peace of Wild Things -- If I Knew the Ways of Animals -- God's Special Providence -- God in All Things -- Talk to the Animals -- In Their Innocence and Wisdom -- Prayer for an Ill Pet -- To Be of Service -- Why Do I Care So Much? -- Compassion -- Until One Has Loved an Animal -- We All Belong to the Same Family -- Respect for Life -- All Things Bright and Beautiful -- Inspiration -- A Prayer for the Feast of St. Francis -- Animal Blessing for the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi -- A Prayer for a Pet Blessing -- A Prayer for Animals -- I Sing for the Animals -- A Prayer for Protecting Animals -- Blessings -- Buddhist Prayer -- A Blessing for a Child's New Pet -- In Appreciation of the Family Pet -- Rainforest Life -- Blessings in All Directions -- Hear Our Humble Prayer.