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That little cat who scampered through the house,
Or curled asleep upon the window ledge,
Though still alert to stir of leaf or mouse.
But now he's gone, whose soft paw often touched
My cheek at the first glint of day;
Or with arched back, skipped through the room,
Enticing me to enter in his play.
Oh God of little cats-my earnest plea
Is that while things are strange to him You may
Scratch his ears sometimes, let him chase
Celestial mice along the Milky Way,
Just for a little while until he finds
Some chosen spot upon the Outer Gate.
When he is weary of his running, where he may
Curl in the sunshine, there to sleep-and wait.
a kitten, God said.
For you to love while she lives,
and mourn when she's dead.
Maybe for twelve or fourteen years,
or maybe two or three
But will you, 'till I call her back,
take care of her for me?
She'll bring her charms to gladden you
and should her stay be brief,
you'll always have her memories
as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise she will stay,
since all from earth return.
But there are lessons taught below
I want this kitten to learn.
I've looked the whole world over
in search of teachers true,
And from the folk that crowds life's land
I have chosen you.
Now will you give her all your love,
nor think the labor vain?
Nor hate me when I come to take
my kitten home again?
And my heart replied,
"My Lord, Thy Will Be Done."
For all the joys this kitten brings,
the risk of grief I'll run.
I'll shelter her with tenderness,
I'll love her while I may
And for the happiness that I've known,
forever grateful stay.
But should you call her back
much sooner than I planned,
I'll brave the bitter grief that comes,
and try to understand.
If by my love I've managed
your wishes to achieve,
in memory of her sweet sweet love,
please help me while I grieve.
When my cherished kitten
departs this world of strife,
Please send yet another needing soul
for me to love all her life.
Then my face he would swab with his tongue
Though most of his loyal exploits and faith
And his acts of pure love went unsung.
What better example of love can be found
Than the love of a true faithful pet
A dog whose consistent attention to you
Leaves memories you never can forget
A dog unrequited love will you give
Your affection he never will spurn.
Responsive he'll be to your every command
And will nothing expect in return.
He'll accept all affection that's directed his way
But content if he just can be near.
Yet always he hopes you will reach out your hand
And scratch behind both of his ears.
All of my dogs lived a rich and full life
Till death finally tallied its toll,
But ere they departed, I looked in their eyes
And I swear that each dog had a soul.
those who have lost a beloved pet.
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