Prayers and Poems
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Love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation. ~ Khalil Gibran
Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart. ~ A.A. Milne (Winnie-the-Pooh)
Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul; And sings the tune without the words and never stops . . . at all. ~ Emily Dickinson
What the heart has once owned and had, it shall never lose. ~ Henry Ward Beecher
If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went. ~ Will Rogers
The road to my heart is paved with paw prints. ~ Alanna Chasin
Every once in a while a dog enters your life and changes everything. ~ Unknown
Where you go, I will go, and where you stay, I will stay. ~ Ruth 1:16
A cat is a lion in a jungle of small bushes. ~ Indian Proverb
Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak; whispers the o’er-fraught heart and bids it break. ~ William Shakespeare, Macbeth
Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you . . I loved you so . . . 'twas heaven here with you. ~ Isla Paschal Richardson
When you are sorrowful look into your heart and you shall see that you are weeping for that which has been your delight. ~ Khalil Gibran
God speaks when tails wag, hearts purr and voices whinney. ~ Author Unknown
The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone ~ George Elliot
Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends. ~ Alexander Pope
Around every circle another can be drawn. There is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
A righteous man regards the life of his animal. ~ Proverbs 12:10
Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault, really. ~ Carlotta Monterey O'Neill
You can judge a society by the way it treats its animals ~ Mahatma Gandhi
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. ~ Aristotle
We make a living by what we get, we make life by what we give. ~ Winston Churchill
When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade without further introduction. ~ Mark Twain
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is. ~ Albert Einstein
There is honor in being a dog. ~ Aristotle
God’s finger touched him, and he slept. ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson
A pet is never truly forgotten until it is no longer remembered. ~ Lacie Petitto
If there were to be a universal sound depicting peace, I would surely vote for the purr. ~ Barbara L Diamond
Time spent with a cat is never wasted. ~ Unknown
The one best place to bury a good dog is in the heart of his master. ~ Ben Hur Lampman
Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them. ~ David Hume (1711-1776)
Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring - it was peace. ~ Milan Kundera
The cat has too much spirit to have no heart. ~ Ernest Menaul
Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened. ~ Anatole France
Properly trained, a man can be a dog's best friend. ~ Corey Ford
Some of the angels are in charge of helping heal sick animals and pets. And if they don't make the animals get better, they help the child get over it. ~ Vicki, 8
My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to 99 cents a can. That's almost $7.00 in dog money. ~ Joe Weinstein
There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast. ~ Unknown
Every child should have two things: a dog and a mother to let him have one. ~ Unknown
Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later. ~ Mary Bly
Some days you're the dog, some days you're the hydrant. ~ Unknown
Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want. ~ Joseph Wood Krutch
Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful. ~ Ann Landers
No animal should ever jump up on the dining-room furniture unless absolutely certain that that he can hold his own in the conversation. ~ Fran Lebowitz
Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot about puppies. ~ Gene Hill
Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job. ~ Frank P Jones
In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him. ~ Dereke Bruce
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. ~ Ben Williams
Cat's Motto: No matter what you've done wrong, always try to make it look like the dog did it. ~ Unknown
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. ~ Josh Billings
Not Carnegie, Vanderbilt and Astor together could have raised money enough to buy a quarter share in my little dog. ~ Ernest Thompson Seton
Lots of people talk to animals. Not that many listen though. That's the problem. ~ Piglet
A dog, I have always said, is prose; a cat is a poem. ~Jean Burden
The smallest feline is a masterpiece. ~Leonardo da Vinci
Cats are smarter than dogs. You cannot get eight cats to pull a sled through snow. ~Jeff Valdez
Dogs need to sniff the ground; it's how they keep abreast of current events. The ground is a giant dog newspaper, containing all kinds of late-breaking dog news items, which, if they are especially urgent, are often continued in the next yard. ~ Dave Barry
Whoever said diamonds are a girl's best friend never owned a dog. ~ Unknown
I know that dogs are pack animals, but it is difficult to imagine a pack of standard poodles... and if there was such a thing as a pack of standard poodles, where would they rove to? Bloomingdale’s? ~Yvonne Clifford
My dog winks at me sometimes... and I always wink back. In case it is some kind of code. ~ Unknown
The average dog is a nicer person than the average person. ~ Andrew A. Rooney
The moment that you died my heart was torn in two.
One side filled with heartache the other died with you.
I often lie awake at night when the world is fast asleep,
and take a walk down memory lane, with tears upon my cheeks.
Remembering you is easy, I do it everyday,
but missing you is heartache that never goes away.
You came into my life one day
So beautiful and smart,
My dear and sweet companion,
I loved you from the start.
Although we knew the time would come
When we would have to part,
You'll never be forgotten,
You left paw prints on my heart.
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush of birds in flight.
I am the stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die...
~Mary Frye, 1932
She scratched the furniture and shed
And claimed the middle of my bed,
She ruled in arrogance and pride
And broke my heart the day she died.
~ Author Unknown
Excerpt from "What do you do when a good friend dies?"
What do you do when a good friend dies?
When all of the tears have all but been cried.
No matter how much, no matter how hard you try,
The only thing to do is say farewell.
~ Copyright © Marc-David Cohn 1996
I Know in Time
I know in time that you will see,
The kindness that you did for me,
Although my tail, it's last has waved,
From pain and suffering I've been saved."
Tribute To A Best Friend
Sunlight streams through a window pane
unto a spot on the floor....
then I remember,
it's where you used to lie,
...but now you are no more.
Our feet walk down a hall of carpet,
and muted echoes sound....
then I remember,
It's where your paws would joyously abound.
A voice is heard along the road,
and up beyond the hill,
then I remember it can't be yours....
your golden voice is still.
But I'll take that vacant spot of floor
and empty muted hall
and lay them with the absent voice
and unused dish along the wall.
I'll wrap these treasured memorials
in a blanket of my love
and keep them for my best friend
until we meet above.
When I Am An Old Cat
When I am an old cat I shall wear a diamond collar and leave my footprints on white couches. I shall drink my cream with a touch of brandy and spit out my vitamins.
I shall sit on the laps of dog people just to irritate them; I shall nap on top of the neighbor's petunias and perch on top of birdbaths and grow charmingly chubby.
But for now I must tolerate the dog and use my litter box and not sharpen my claws on the sofa, so no one can doubt the truth that cats are superior to dogs.
But every once in a while I wonder if I should be naughty now and then and nip a few toes, so my humans won't be too shocked when suddenly I become an old cat and start to wear a diamond collar.
My sunshine doesn't come from the skies,
it comes from the love in my dog's eyes.
~ Author Unknown
If Tears Could Build a Stairway
If tears could build a stairway
And memories were a lane
We would walk right up to Heaven
And bring you back again
No farewell words were spoken
No time to say goodbye
You were gone before we knew it
And only God knows why
Our hearts still ache in sadness
And secret tears still flow
What it meant to lose you
No on will ever know
But know we know you want us
To mourn for you no more
To remember all the happy times
Life still has much in store
Since you’ll never be forgotten
We pledge to you today
A hallowed place within our hearts
Is where you’ll always stay
It came to me that every time I lose a dog
they take a piece of my heart with them,
and every new dog who comes into my life
gifts me with a piece of their heart.
If I live long enough
all the components of my heart will be dog,
and I will become
as generous and loving as they are.
Words of Wisdom From Our Furry Canine Friends
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
When it's in your best interest, practice obedience.!
Let others know when they've invaded your territory.
Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back in the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and pout.
Run right back and make friends.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
Stop when you have had enough.
Never pretend to be something you're not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy Peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; To be understood, as to understand; To be loved, as to love. For it is in giving that we receive. It is in pardoning, that we are pardoned. And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Saint Francis of Assisi -- The Patron Saint of Animals
Hear our humble prayer, o God, for our friends the animals.
Especially for animals who are suffering, for animals that are overworked, underfed and cruelly treated.
For any that are lost or deserted, frightened or hungry.
We entreat for them all the mercy and pity, and for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion
and gentle hands and kindly words.
Make us ourselves; to be true friends to animals and so share the blessings of the merciful.
Compiled here are phrases and quotes to help you find the perfect words to inscribe on your pet memorial stone or keepsake. Also browse our Verse section above for more ideas.
Always Loving, Always Loyal
Forever In Our Hearts
Many things in life
Will catch your eye.
But only a few
Will catch your heart.
If you would be loved,
Love and be loveable.
Together forever, never apart...
Maybe in distance but never in Heart.
No longer by my side,
But forever in my heart.
A Great Dog (or Cat)
And Best Friend
His paws left prints on our hearts
We'll miss you always,
And love you forever.
Every day, in some small way,
memories of you come our way.
Though absent you are ever near,
Still missed, still loved, and ever dear.
Our Best Friend
We will always remember you...
She stole our hearts...
And gave hers to us.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal.
Love leaves a memory no one can steal.
I will love you forever plus a day...
The moon will rise, the sun will set
And you my friend, I will never forget.
How lucky I've been to have someone
That made saying goodbye so hard.
When someone you love
becomes a memory
the memory becomes
Where in this wide world can man find
Nobility without pride? Friendship without envy?
Or beauty without vanity?
The Horse ~ Our Horse
Life is good but
This horse made it better.