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Animal blessings : prayers and poems celebrating our pets
Cotner, June, 1950-
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : HarperSanFrancisco, [2000]

Physical Description:
xxiii, 168 pages : illustrations ; 17 cm
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Includes index.
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Our pets. They are our loyal companions and our faithful friends, a constant source of joy and inspiration. In this endearing anthology of prayers and poems, June Cotner has handpicked choice writings by some of the world's most notable animal lovers to celebrate the playful, the poignant, and the profound ways these wonderful creatures touch our daily lives.

Selections include Emily Dickinson's astute observations of her cat, Roger Caras' thoughts about the love a dog brings to a home, and a cat's rules for running a house. Readers will be delighted by Anne Porter's poem exalting a spring symphony of peepers and Rumi in praise of birds in flight. The section "Partings" includes Annie Dougherty's lovely poem "Time to Say Good-bye" and Lord Byron's epitaph to his dog. "Reflections" includes the words of St. Francis, Jane Goodall, and Chief Seattle, reminding us that we are all interconnected beings, and James Herriot and Walt Whitman honoring the humble dignity of all creatures.

Animal Blessings makes a wonderful gift for all animal lovers. This delightful volume is a charming companion that reminds us to be grateful for everything our pets and all the other animals of the world bring to our lives.

Author Notes

June Cotner is the bestselling author of Graces, Bedside Prayers, and Get Well Wishes. She lives with her husband, two wayward dogs, and two stray cats in Poulsbo, Washington

Table of Contents

A Letter to Readersp. xv
Thanksp. xix
1 Dogsp. 1
What I Learned from My Dogp. 3
I Would Bep. 5
Welcome Home, New Puppyp. 6
Making a House a Homep. 7
Faithful Companionp. 8
Just My Dogp. 10
We Really Never Own a Dogp. 12
Loyal Friendp. 13
A Perfect Gentlemanp. 14
Old Friendsp. 15
Old Black Lab in the First Snowp. 16
Scratch a Dogp. 17
Devotionp. 18
Comfortp. 19
A Dog's Prayerp. 20
Folks Will Knowp. 22
A Dog's Acceptancep. 23
If You Canp. 24
2 Catsp. 27
Cats Make Us Feel Goodp. 29
Magicianp. 30
Peace Keeperp. 31
Time Spent Watching a Catp. 32
The Difference Between Dogs and Catsp. 33
Basic Rules for Cats Who Have a House to Runp. 34
The Catp. 37
Psalm for a Cat Ownerp. 38
Companionp. 39
The King of Cats Sends a Postcard to His Wifep. 40
On a Cat, Agingp. 41
Room for One Morep. 42
Cat from the Animal Shelterp. 43
Cat-Haiku-Esque-Poemp. 44
I Will Always Rememberp. 45
Passerbyp. 46
A Questionp. 48
Stray Catp. 49
Cats as Teachersp. 50
3 Other Animalsp. 51
A Fieldmouse's Prayerp. 53
All God's Creaturesp. 55
Three Little Fishp. 57
Gracep. 58
A Pony's Prayerp. 60
Last Chancep. 61
The First of Mayp. 66
Midwife to Miraclesp. 67
On Guardian Angelsp. 68
In the Presence of Angelsp. 69
Home Deliveryp. 70
Bird Motherp. 71
Birds Make Great Sky-Circlesp. 72
The Communion of Saintsp. 73
Deer Domainp. 74
In Deer Countryp. 76
The Grasshopper and the Cricketp. 77
Atlantic Dolphinsp. 78
In a Moonlit Nightp. 80
Again, Frogsp. 81
Bee! I'm Expecting You!p. 82
The Good Lifep. 83
4 Partingsp. 85
Time to Say Good-byep. 87
Mourning the Death of a Petp. 88
Long Lost ... Long Rememberedp. 89
Prayer for a Pet's Memorial Servicep. 90
Prayer for the Burial of a Birdp. 91
Funeral Prayerp. 92
Farewell, Old Friendp. 94
An Epitaphp. 95
Passing Onp. 96
At the Grave of a Fine Catp. 97
A Memorial for a Petp. 98
In the Loss of Your Petp. 99
A Dog Lover's Prayerp. 100
Dogs in Heaven?p. 102
Friends in the Great Beyondp. 103
The Love They Give Usp. 104
Northwest Indian Memorial on Deathp. 105
5 Reflectionsp. 107
If Having a Soulp. 109
Do Animals Have Souls?p. 110
They Shall Teach Theep. 112
Ethical Conductp. 113
Love Animalsp. 114
Hurt No Living Thingp. 115
Moral Progressp. 116
Living Holyp. 117
A True Perspectivep. 118
Animals Are Such Agreeable Friendsp. 119
I Think I Could Turn and Live with the Animalsp. 120
To Portland Cement from Robert Frostp. 121
Contemplationp. 122
Child's Lessonp. 123
Dream Timep. 124
All Things Are Connectedp. 126
The Animals Never Yell at Mep. 127
An Animal's Eyesp. 128
The Peace of Wild Thingsp. 129
If I Knew the Ways of Animalsp. 130
God's Special Providencep. 132
God in All Thingsp. 133
Talk to the Animalsp. 134
In Their Innocence and Wisdomp. 135
Prayer for an Ill Petp. 136
To Be of Servicep. 137
Why Do I Care So Much?p. 138
Compassionp. 140
Until One Has Loved an Animalp. 141
We All Belong to the Same Familyp. 142
Respect for Lifep. 143
All Things Bright and Beautifulp. 144
6 Inspirationp. 145
A Prayer for the Feast of St. Francisp. 147
Animal Blessing for the Feast of St. Francis of Assisip. 148
A Prayer for a Pet Blessingp. 150
A Prayer for Animalsp. 151
I Sing for the Animalsp. 152
A Prayer for Protecting Animalsp. 153
Blessingsp. 154
Buddhist Prayerp. 155
A Blessing for a Child's New Petp. 156
In Appreciation of the Family Petp. 157
Rainforest Lifep. 158
Blessings in All Directionsp. 159
Hear Our Humble Prayerp. 161
Author Indexp. 163
Permissions and Acknowledgmentsp. 165
Photo Creditsp. 168