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Readings for pet funerals

Nicci Ball selects some poems and readings for pet funerals.

When you have to say goodbye to a horse or pony, this is guaranteed to bring several tears to the eye...as will the cost.

A Horse’s Prayer
Feed me, water and care for me,
And when the day’s work is done,
Provide me with a shelter,
A clean dry stall large enough for me to lie down in comfort.
Talk to me, your voice often means as much to me as the reins.
Pet me sometime that I may serve you more gladly and learn to love you.
Shoe me properly that I may serve you in comfort.
Never strike, beat, or kick me when I don’t understand what you want,
But give me the chance to understand you.
And finally oh master,
When my youthful strength is gone
Do not turn me out to starve or freeze,
Or sell me to some cruel owner to be slowly tortured or stoned to death,
But do thou, my master,
Take my life in the kindest way,
And your God will reward you here and hereafter.
You will not consider me irreverent if I ask this in the name of Him who was born in a stable.

And this really will exhaust the supply of tissues when the family dog is being sent off to wherever it is dogs go to sniff each other forever...

A dog’s final wish
If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this -- the last battle -- can’t be won.
You will be sad I understand,
But don’t let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years
You wouldn’t want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me where, to my needs they’ll tend,
Only, stay with me till the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don’t grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We’ve been so close -- we two -- these years,
Don’t let your heart hold any tears.

And finally a reading to send our four legged friends to Rainbow Bridge...

Rainbow Bridge
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigour; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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