A Loan From God
God promised at the birth of time,
A special friend to give,
His time on earth is short, he said,
So love him while he lives.
It may be six or seven years,
Or twelve or then sixteen,
But will you, till I call him back,
Take care of him for me?
wagging tail and cold wet nose,
And silken velvet ears,
A heart as big as all outdoors,
To love you through the years.
puppy ways will gladden you,
And antics bring a smile,
As guardian or friend he will,
Be loyal all the while.
bring his charms to grace your life,
And though his stay be brief,
When he's gone the memories,
Are solace for your grief.
cannot promise he will stay,
Since all from earth return,
But lessons only a dog can teach,
I want you each to learn.
love you give to him,
Returns in triple measure,
Follow his lead and gain a life,
Brim full of simple pleasure.
each day as it comes,
Allow your heart to guide,
Be loyal and steadfast in love,
As the dog there by your side.
will you give him all your love,
Nor think the labor vain,
Nor hate me when I come to call,
To take him back again?
fancy each of us would say,
"Dear Lord, thy will be done,
For all the joy this dog shall bring,
The risk of grief we'll run.
shelter him with tenderness,
We'll love him while we may,
And for the happiness we've known,
Forever grateful stay.
shall the angels call for him,
Much sooner than we've planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes,
And try to understand."
can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look
that says, 'Wow, you're right! I never would've thought of that!”
dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves
there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they
I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have
known will go
to heaven, and very, very few persons."
average dog is a nicer person than the average person."
"Man is a dog's idea of what God should be."
"Dogs lives are too short. Their only fault, really."
Agnes Sligh Turnbull
"Properly trained, a man can be dog's best friend."
"With the exception of a woman, there is nothing
on Earth so agreeable or necessary to the comfort
of a man, as the dog."
"Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot little puppies"
you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your
pocket and then give him only two of them."
are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."
think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long
before any of us."
Robert Louis Stevenson
"If a dog will not come to you
after having looked you in the face, you should go home and
examine your conscience."
goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog
would go in."
"The dog is the only animal that has seen God."
"My little dog, a heartbeat at my feet."
"Dogs laugh, but with their tails."
"My goal in life is to be as good of a person as
my dog already thinks I am"
"The greatest love is a mother's, then a dog's then