My wife and I rescued nearly 2000 dogs over some 45 years. Dogs became a very important part of our lives.
My Mother lost her husband of 65 years some time back and she was left alone in a big empty house ... except for a little silver bundle of fur named Rolf. Rolf was their Mini Schnauzer. She and Rolf were constant companions. Then the pain happened. Rolf had to be put to sleep due to kidney failure. They had known and loved one another for the better part of 15 years. I held Rolf in my lap while the sleepy juice began to flow through his little body. Mother tearfully watched. Afterwards, she asked me why the Lord would give us such incredible little creatures to love .. only to take them from us all too soon. I agonized over an answer for ever so long and then I wrote the following:
I Am a Dog
I have consented to become a lifelong friend and companion to a human.
I am committed to following my Master with no hesitation and no reservations. Will you follow your Master so?
I will love my Master unconditionally. I will give Him undying devotion. Will you love your Master so?
I will seek the guidance of my Master in all aspects of my life. Will you do the same?
I will turn to my Master for all my worldly needs, believing in my heart that He will provide what is best for me. Will you do the same?
I will seek and welcome the bonding of spirits with my Master to better understand His purpose for me. Will you do the same?
I will place the decisions in my life squarely in the loving hands of my Master. When my time to leave comes, I will trust in Him to ease my passing. Will you do the same.
For me, a dog, this is an easy commitment. It is my nature. I can do no less. What of you?
I don't wear my spirituality on my sleeve, but it is clear to me that the Lord gives us these amazing creatures to teach us how to be .. well, human. If we lived and loved like our companions, we would be in a whole lot less trouble.