Published 5-21-12 The Religion Network publishes every Monday
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Roger Caras, Will Rogers, Sigmund Freud, Margery Facklam, Charles F. Duran,
Irish Saying, Russian prayer
I couldn't resist an homage to our most "common"
pets: dogs and cats, who are anything but common
in how they lift our spirits and fill our hearts.
Thank you, Lord, for our furry friends.
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Detail from The Ides of March, by Andrew Wyeth
For me a house or an apartment becomes a home
when you add one set of four legs, a happy tail, and
that indescribable measure of love we call a dog.
Roger Caras (1928-2001)
Wildlife photographer, President Emeritus of the
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
If there are no dogs in heaven, then when
I die I want to go where they went.
Will Rogers (1879-1935)
Cherokee cowboy, humorist, social commentator
Dogs love their friends and bite their enemies,
quite unlike people, who are incapable of pure
love and always have to mix love and hate.
Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)
We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare,
and love we can spare. In return, dogs give us their all.
It's the best deal man has ever made.
Folks will know how large your
soul is by the way you treat a dog.
Charles F. Duran
Drawings of cats by Leonardo da Vinci
Who would believe such pleasure
from a wee ball o' fur?
An Old Russian Prayer
Hear our prayer Lord, for all animals,
May they be well-fed and well-trained and happy;
Protect them from hunger and fear and suffering;
And we pray, protect specially, dear Lord,
The little cat who is the companion of our home.
Keep her safe as she goes abroad,
And bring her back to comfort us.
The Last Word:
It's nice to see a cat curled up
with a good book. Sadly it is
the book I want to read.
Y. Max Valentonis
From "Animal Blessings,"
by June Cotner
Utterly Random Bonus Quote:
Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so.
John Stuart Mill (1806-1893)
British philosopher and civil servant
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