A Litany For Dogs

by Vonnie Matheny

Hear our prayer for man’s best friend, Filled with true hope and care and love. For this our prayer of concern we send straight to the Lord above.

WE PRAY FOR OUR DOGS 
That come when we call 
That greet us at the door 
That gaze at us with big brown eyes 
That have a favorite toy

WE PRAY FOR OUR DOGS 
That have no one to go to 
That stare silently out of cages 
That refuse to make eye contact 
That have no toys to play with

WE PRAY FOR OUR DOGS 
That sit on the cat 
That lie at our feet 
That would do anything for a cookie 
That give us a wet sloppy kiss

WE PRAY FOR OUR DOGS 
That have never known companionship 
That sleep wherever they can 
That have not eaten for days 
That bite in pure panic driven defense

WE PRAY FOR OUR DOGS 
That try to fit on our laps 
That step on our toes 
That will wear silly hats 
That take up the whole couch

WE PRAY FOR OUR DOGS 
That shiver in the cold 
That cower in terror 
That have never been for a walk 
That have no home

WE PRAY FOR OUR DOGS 
That push us out of bed 
That wiggle all over when we come home 
That knock over the trash can 
That bring such joy to our day

WE PRAY FOR OUR DOGS 
That live only to give birth 
That have nothing to look forward to 
That forage for food 
That may never hear a kind word

WE PRAY FOR OUR DOGS 
That look for us if we leave the room 
That hide under the table on “nail day” 
That forget the word “stay” 
That love us no matter what

WE PRAY FOR OUR DOGS 
That have eyes that reflect pain and fear 
That hide in alleys 
That live tied to a tree 
That have never been loved

We pray for dogs that run in play and those that run because of fright, for those that obey out of love and those that try to oblige until they break, for those we never give up on and for those that don’t get a second chance. Embrace these little and not so little ones. Guard them, protect them, and grant them a peace that only we as humans can deny them. Forgive mankind’s abuse to these that were meant to be a most precious and special gift.

Amen.

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