A Dog’s Prayer

Written by Lyllian Grant Groff in honor of her beloved bulldog Pudge.

O Lord of humans, make my master faithful to his fellowmen as I am to him.

Grant that he may be devoted to his friends and family as I am to him.

May he be opened-faced and undeceptive as I am; may he be true to trust reposed in him as I am to his.

Give him a face cheerful like unto my wagging tail; give him a spirit of gratitude like unto my licking tongue.

Fill him with patience like unto mine that awaits his footsteps uncomplainingly for hours;

fill him with my watchfulness, my courage, and my readiness to sacrifice comfort or like.

Keep him always young in heart and crowded with the spirit of play, even as I am.

Make him as good a man as I am a dog, make him worthy of me, his dog.

January 25, 1936

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