PRAYERS FOR ALL THE ANIMALS
IN OUR LIVES AND THE WORLD
O Lord, hear our prayer.
Grant us the grace to respect and care for Your creation.
Bless all of your creatures as a sign of Your wondrous love.
Help us to end the suffering of the hungry, the cold and the uncared for,
and bring healing and love to all of your creation.
O Lord, hear our prayer. Amen.
It is always heartbreaking to say goodbye to a beloved animal companion. Always! But during this time of COVID-19, with its requirements of deep caution and self-isolation, the heartbreak of not being able to be physically present to embrace and comfort a much-loved animal companion as it is helped over the Rainbow Bridge by caring, devoted veterinarians, can be crushing. We ask for God's unfathomable mercy on these animals' humans as they cope with their great loss. Amen.
Lord, thank you for the gift of the animals in our lives. May we be as faithful to them as you have been faithful to us. Amen.
Let us pray today, with thankful hearts, for the animals who currently share our lives. Send up a prayer for each one.
We pray for the many animals who have lost their people because of the Coronavirus and those who wait patiently and hopefully to be rehomed, adopted or rescued from difficult situations. God of mercy hear our prayer.
For comfort and healing for animals recovering from illness or facing physical challenges -- we offer prayers for COCONUT,
the canine who continues to be treated for chronic
seizures; for IVY
, the Frenchie, living with degenerative spinal disease; for JAMIE
Prentice, the kitty, who is recovering from surgery of a blockage; for FINLEY
, the deeply loved feline companion of Vicki and Erik Lord who continues to live fully, despite a life-threatening illness. We pray for four-year-old MOOSE
, the handsome part-Afghan whose person Bob wa
its anxiously for a diagnosis of a mass in the dog’s chest; for beautiful therapy dog NANOOK
, who suffers from Myelopathy, a progressive degenerative disease as he lives with joy, adjusting daily with more diminishment, and for sweet, gentle, 9-month-old VIRGIL
, the Afghan Hound, who still waits for an urgent neurological consult.
For a gentle transition from their earthly to their eternal lives we pray for all animals who have died. Today we pray especially for BOSCO
, 16, the beloved Labradoodle who was sent to God this week. The sweet dog leaves her devoted, heartbroken person, Ro Shea and canine sibling Pippin 6; We pray for MOZART
, the Afghan, almost 11, faithful companion of Bonnie Cowpar, who went to God recently, to take his place in God’s firmament. (See short tributes
Merciful God wrap these treasured animals in your embrace and be near to all their humans who mourn their loss. Bring solace in loneliness, peace in distress, and comfort in their remembering, and lift their hearts in thanksgiving for the gift of companionship they have so richly enjoyed. Amen.
By Rosemary Shea
On May 8 I had to say goodbye to the love of my life, my partner for the past 16+ years.
Bosco you were that once-in-a-lifetime dog. You put the joy back into my life after the passing of my mother (who was the other light of my life). And although I thought I was taking care of you it was really you taking care of me. I’ll miss the smile you offered every time I walked in the door -- even if I had only been gone five minutes. I’ll miss you telling me when it’s time to go to bed. Walks on York Beach will never be the same without you jumping to catch your ball in mid-air. We were a Therapy Dog team, a team in Obedience, Rally and most recently K9 Scent Work. We met so many people because of these activities, some of who have become dear friends.
My heart was torn but I never wanted you to feel any pain so I had to let you go. Your eyes were tired and I knew you were ready, even though I knew you wanted to stay for me.
Now you’ve crossed the rainbow bridge and are free to run on the beach, jump and catch your ball, bury your face in the snow as you dig to your heart's content. I know you’ll find all your friends that have gone before you-especially Action Jackson. But most of all I will find peace in knowing you will be by my mother's side in heaven as you were by my side here on earth. Till we meet again my sweet girl🐾💜
SAYING GOODBYE TO MOZART
from Bonnie Cowper
He was one of the sweetest, loving boys I have ever had. I was very blessed to have been his Mom for a little shy of 11 beautiful years. RIP my precious boy 😞
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