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 Prayers and poems for those contemplating the anticipated death of their pet
 - or facing the difficult, but kind decision of euthanasia of their beloved pet...
 
< Grief resources

I hope you find some comfort and strength in these prayers and poems as you face the loss of a beloved pet, whether from illness, accident, or in the case of the humane need for euthanasia.

Euthanasia is a kindness and a blessing when a pet is suffering. I know from several experiences now how sad and hard it is to make that decision. But it is the only decision we as loving pet owners can make, we cannot allow our beloved pets to suffer pain for a minute longer than
necessary. And at least there is the change to say goodbye and hold their paw and stroke their head as they pass over the Rainbow Bridge as they are blissfully relieved of their pain on this earth...

See also our other poems and prayers
Poems and prayers for pets who have died / passed over the Rainbow Bridge
Uplifting and inspirational stories after the death of a pet
Answers to the question, do dogs go to heaven?.
Plus The Rainbow Bridge Poem and the Rainbow Connection Song
Poems and prayers for pets that are lost or missing


We welcome your original poems or prayers for publication here. Please send your contribution to team@petsonthenet.co.nz stating the source and author where known. Thank you.


Prayers and poems for those contemplating the anticipated death of their pet - or facing the difficult, but kind decision of euthanasia of their beloved pet...
Whole and Well
If it should be.... 
"The light of my life"
Prayer for a cat
Prayer for a dog




Whole and Well

You came to me in your time of need
Starved bitten and beaten
You ate the offered food with grace
Drinking deep of the cool clear water
Meowing under a gentle caress
Then slept upon a soft warm bed
How sad the news that you were too ill
To live without harsh suffering
Or the ability to enjoy all that a cat might do
So I held you close, washing you with tears
And told you of a place called Heaven
Where you will once again be whole and well

I’m only mortal and the decision hit hard

To let you suffer or send you to God
He cares for you now, this I know for sure
Then when the day comes when I too face God
I'll look for you at his side
So I may stroke your fur once more
And see you whole and well
 

Written for Blue by Sara Michael (submitted 15 June 2010)

 



If it should be.... 

If it should be that I grow frail and weak,
and pain should keep me from my sleep,
then you must do what must be done,
for we know this last battle can't be won.

You will be sad, I understand,
but don't let grief then stay your hand,
for this day, more than the rest,
your love and friendship must stand the test.

We've had so many happy years,
what is to come can hold no fears.
Would you want me to suffer? So,
when the time comes, please let me go.

Take me where my needs they'll tend,
only stay with me until the end,
and hold me firm and speak to me,
until my eyes no longer see.

It is a kindness that you do to me,
although my tail it's last has waved,
from pain and suffering I have been saved.

Do not grieve, it should be you,
who must decide this thing to do.
We've been so close, we two these years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears.

by Julia Napier, copyright 1999

 



"The light of my life"
 
You have to stay this time mummy
I now have to be free
Don't be so sad mummy
for now I'm at peace

Let go of your pain, let it take part of you
because from out of these ashes, a new life will bloom

Don't look for me in places I have been
I am in your heart mummy
and inside your soul
..and everything that reminds you of me

See, I'm not really gone
Don't be lost in the dark
or scared when you're alone
My spirit is near you, and my light will shine on

 'to be blind and not see her magic and what she's given me
- to sit in the dark alone and not embrace what love I've been shown
now that, would be the tragedy'

This poem is dedicated to my sweet staffy 'Paza' who passed away 7/10/05 after nearly 17 years of life with me.
Written by Amanda...hopefully it may help someone else...

 



Prayer for a cat

Treat me kindly, dear master. Accord me the courtesy due to a cat — and I for my part will love you, amuse you and cheer your heart as only a cat can do.

Give me a sunny spot to sleep in when morning dawns and I will warm your lap on cold evenings.

Respect my independence and my need to walk alone at times and I will look after myself, so that you may come and go as you please.

Speak to me in our secret kitty language, let me hear my name sung in the music of your voice, and I will meow happily in sweet harmony with you.

Stroke my fur gently and lovingly and I will soothe you with the soft purrs that can only come from a happy cat.

Indulge my curiosity and I will show you the joys of bird watching, star gazing and other kitty pleasures.

Play with me and see me rejoice! Toss a humble ball of yarn and I will delight you with my cleverness and acrobatic leaps.

But do not laugh at me or allow me to be teased for there is nothing I prize more than my dignity.

Keep my surroundings neat and clean and I will be fastidious in my habits.

Feed me and be fair and I will teach you how to tell "kitty time" by instinct and tummy tunes.

And when I am old and the time comes to say farewell, hold me gently in your arms and I will go without a whimper.

For with you I am trusting, safe and secure. A cat who walked alone but loved you with a full and happy heart.

Copyright © 2005 Phylis Feiner Johnson All Rights Reserved
AUTHOR'S NOTE: The following poem appears elsewhere on the Internet attributed to an anonymous author. In fact, I wrote it in 1996, on commission from a company called Pet Grafix Ink. I believe they printed it in poster form, although I have never seen a printed copy. The firm now appears to be out of business, but the prayer seems to taken on a life of its own. If any reader possesses or has seen one of the originals, please email me -- I'd love to track one down. I hope you enjoy the prayer. May it bring you and your feline friends joy and comfort.

 


Prayer for a dog
Treat me gently beloved master, and I will love you with a full and happy heart.

Show me patience and I will learn to understand your every word and action. I will even protect you with my life if yours is at any time in danger.

Speak to me often, for your voice is music to my ears and I await even the simple sound of your footsteps, knowing soon you will be near.

Shelter me from nature's bitter cold and wet and I in return will warm your feet beside the hearth. Or, if life should be unkind, I will find a place of comfort for us both, for your pleasure is my dearest wish.

Play with me, for I seek your challenge just as I seek to please you. I will follow a thrown ball to the ends of the earth if you choose it and I will swim the seven seas just to see you smile.

Fill my bowl with fresh water and see that I'm well fed, for I cannot speak to ask you and am completely at your mercy. But my trust in you is so complete, I know you will never do me wrong.

And beloved master, when I grow old and the time comes to say farewell, hold me gently in your arms and I will go without a whimper. For with you I am safe and secure. A dog who gave love and received it with a grateful heart.

Copyright © 2005 Phylis Feiner Johnson All Rights Reserved

AUTHOR'S NOTE: I wrote the following poem in 1996, on commission from a company called Pet Grafix Ink. I believe they printed it in poster form, although I have never seen a printed copy. The firm now appears to be out of business. If any reader possesses or has seen one of the originals, please email me -- I'd love to track one down. I hope you enjoy the prayer. May it bring you and your canine friends joy and comfort.

 

We welcome your original poems or prayers for publication here. Please send your contribution to team@petsonthenet.co.nz stating the source and author where known. Thank you.
 



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