Over half of American households have a pet, according to a national survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association.
A fundamental aspect of civilisation has always been the interaction between people and animals.
Thousands of years ago, humans first recorded domesticating animals in cave drawings, which are among the oldest examples of human history.
It makes sense that a dog and his or her owner would have such an impact on one another’s health and happiness.
When a beloved dog passes away, it may be consoling to think of all the beautiful things they would say to you right now if they had the chance.
Below, we offer the list of dogs’ prayers and special messages for their grieving human (or humans). You’ll discover other methods to honour and remember your priceless pet.
According to a national survey performed by the American Pet Products Association, more than half of American households have a pet.
The relationship between humans and animals has always been a key part of civilization.
Cave drawings from thousands of years ago reveal some of mankind’s earliest records of humans domesticating animals.
It’s no wonder a dog and his or her owner can have such a strong influence on each other’s health and well-being.
In times of losing a beloved dog, it may be comforting to imagine all the wonderful things they would say to you now if given the chance.
Below, we offer the list of dogs’ prayers and special messages for their grieving human (or humans). You’ll also find ways to remember and honor your precious pet.
A Dogs Prayer
Remember me always, but do not grieve for me too long. I have tried always to comfort you in times of sorrow, and have made every effort to add joy to your life.
I never wanted to cause you pain.
Peace for me is certain now, and I suspect I will have eternal sleep in the earth I have loved so well.
Please, after your period of grieving for me, make room in your heart for another. You are the kind of human being that should always have a friend like me to love. Your kind and gentle heart should not be wasted on my memory for too long. Give your love another- I know your new fried will never take my place, because we had something very special.
It may not be quite the same, but a new devoted and loving companion will in time, become special in their own way.
You loved me very much and I loved you.
My spirit will always be with you, and no matter how deep my sleep, My grateful tail will always be wagging for you.
A Cat’s Prayer
Manny and Ginny Feldmann
My Dear Friend and Companion;
To Thee I Pray. Although I am too proud to beg, and many appear to be a very independent creature, I ask for yout loving care and attention. I rely on you for my well being much more than you many realize.
This I promise you, my benefactor, that I will not be a burden on you nor will I demand more of you than you care to give.
I will be a quiet an peaceful island of screnity for you to gaze upon; a soft soothing body to caress, and I shall purr with pleasure to rest your weary ears.
Since I am a gourmet who appreciates different taste sensations, I pray you will give me a variety of nutritious foods and fresh water daily.
You know dear friend, how I love to go nap. Allow me, I pray, a warm sheltered place where I can rest peacefully and feel secure. If I am wounded in battle or suffering from disease, please tend me gently, I pray, and see that I am treated by loving and competent hands.
Please protect me from the inhuman humans who would hurt and torture me for their own amusement. I am accustomed to your gentle touch and am not always suspicious nor swift enough to avoid such malicious acts.
In my later years when my senses fail me and my infirmities become to great too bear, allow me the comfort and dignity that I desire for my closing days and help me gently in my pain or passing.
Hear this prayer, my dear friend, my fate depends on you.
“Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to a Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all our special friends where they can run an d play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who have been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are male whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing, they miss someone very special to them they left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance … Her eyes are intent. Her eager body quivers. Suddenly she begins to run from the group her legs carrying her faster and faster. You have been spotted and when you and your special friend finally meet you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face, your hands caress the beloved head and look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life, but never absent from your heart.
Them you cross the Rainbow Bridge together …”
We say so many prayers—we write them, speak them, whisper them. Have you ever said a prayer for your dog? Animals can be important to people’s physical and mental health. Perhaps a prayer for your dog can lead to spiritual growth and deeper faith.
What Does the Bible Say about Pets?
The Old Testament book of Genesis shares God’s timeline of creation. On the first day, God created the universe. He separated the light from the darkness. On the second day, God made a dome to divide the water and named it the sky. On that day, God also commanded that the earth produce plants.
“Then God commanded, “Let the water below the sky come together in one place, so that the land will appear” —and it was done. He named the land “Earth,” and the water which had come together he named “Sea.” And God was pleased with what he saw.” (Genesis 1:9-10 NIV)
Next, He created the sun to rule over the day and the moon to rule over the night. He also made the stars. God filled the water with different living beings and filled the air with birds.
God continued by creating different kinds of animals.
“Then God commanded, “Let the earth produce all kinds of animal life: domestic and wild, large and small” —-and it was done. So God made them all, and he was pleased with what he saw.” (Genesis 1:24-25 NIV)
God created humans and gave them power over animals. He put the humans in charge of the fish, the birds, and all the animals.
Then, on the seventh day, God rested. The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20) say that no person or animal should do any work on the Sabbath day. Therefore, animals should be given time to rest, too.
God was pleased and loved what He created. Therefore, we are called to love His creations, too. Providing food, shelter, companionship, compassion, love, and care are a few ways to show God’s love to pets and humans.
Every action God took in creation allows us to sustain life and further His kingdom.
“For every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the insects in the fields are mine.” (Psalm 50:10-11 NIV)
Pets can be a blessed part of life. Scripture gives the reminder that everything belongs to God.
The Uniqueness of Dogs
Dogs, cats, goldfish, lizards, rabbits, hermit crabs, and other animals are beloved parts of families in many homes today. God created each with unique qualities and distinct personalities, from the little Chihuahua dog to the large Great Dane.
Some dogs have high energy and enjoy running all day. Others prefer to snuggle and rest on a comfortable blanket or bed. Some dogs can be trained to perform tricks, while others prefer to dig holes in the backyard.
Dogs have distinct features such as long or short tails, ears that stand tall, or ears that are floppy. The long-haired dachshund has soft hair. Others, like the corgi, have short fur.
You may have heard someone comment that dogs know when a storm is coming or their owners feel sad. The connection to us can bring peace and calm during stressful times.
Dogs have important roles in many situations. Search and rescue dog teams, such as the K-9 unit, work with professionals to find human remains, a trace or scent of a missing person, illegal drugs, and other vital assistance needed.
Companion or therapy dogs accompany people who may have medical conditions. These specially trained animals can alert the owner of an upcoming medical situation. Hospitals and nursing homes often encourage therapy dogs to help ease anxious patients.
Service dogs are specially trained to aid people with specific issues, such as blindness or a physical disability.
10 Ways to Care for Dogs
At a young age, children can learn how to care for pets. Relationships between humans and animals can provide stability through trust, encourage love, and instill compassion.
- Provide food and water for your dog every day.
- Show love and care through touch, if possible.
- Greet your dog with a calm voice.
- Reward your dog for good behavior.
- Provide exercise for your dog. Walking outside is good for humans and dogs.
- Keep up to date with vaccinations and medications for your dog.
- Give your dog plenty of time to rest.
- Remember that dogs have feelings and sometimes need extra attention.
- Help your dog be safe in your neighborhood. Professional training may be needed.
- Pray for your dog.
10 Prayers for Your Dog
These prayers cover many situations you may find yourself, from in with your dog.
- Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for creating dogs. Amen.
- Lord, thank You for the energy of my puppy and the laughter it brings to the world. Help me to show love to all animals. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
- God, please give me patience with my dog. Provide me with compassion and forgiveness when my dog doesn’t obey. Help me to remember that I don’t always follow the rules. Thank You. Amen.
- Dear Lord, may I always remember that my dog needs love, compassion, and care. Lead me to show unconditional love to my dog. Amen.
- Father, my dog is sick, and I am afraid. Thank You for the reminder to place my trust in You. Thank You for loving my dog and for loving me. Amen.
- Lord, please cover my dog and all dogs with your hedge of protection. Keep dogs safe from harm and danger. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
- Dear God, please be with my dog and take away any loneliness my dog feels when I am not close by. Comfort the animal and bring peace to its body. Amen.
- Heavenly Father, my dog is close to dying. Please show me the steps to give comfort and care during this transitional time. Help me as I grieve the loss of my dear companion. Amen.
- Father, thank You for the safety my dog provides when I am alone. Snuggling next to my dear pet brings comfort and security. Amen.
- Lord, Your creations are amazing and more glorious than we can comprehend. Thank you for my dog and the time we share. Amen.
The Blessing of the Animals
Some congregations have a special service once a year for the “blessing of the animals.” People are encouraged to bring their dogs and other animals to be blessed on that special day. Christians celebrate the Feast of Saint Francis with blessings and prayers for God’s creations.
Adopting a Dog
As a young girl, my father took me to the local animal shelter to look for a dog to adopt. Entering the building and hearing the barks and cries of the dogs made me sad. My father and I walked from cage to cage, hoping to find the right pet for our home.
After seeing numerous dogs, we found one for our family. Her name was Susie. A black, long-haired dachshund with a sweet personality. We adopted her, and she was a member of our family for many years. When she passed away, our hearts were broken. My family will always remember the love and care Susie gave us.
You will always be my human, and I will always be your dog. For every day we shared, for every hug and kiss, thank you. If I could pray for just one thing, it would be that you know how much I love you.
I pray that you’ll never forget me and you’ll know how much your love means to this dog in Heaven. You were the best family I could have ever asked for. Every happy memory is shared with you. Every happy day of my life was because of you. I can’t wait for the day when you’ll take me in your arms once more.
Do not mourn my passing, for if you could only see, by slipping all my earthly bonds, I’m young again and free. By day I run the heavenly fields, my body healthy and strong. At night I sleep at angels’ feet, lulled by celestial song. So do not mourn my passing. Just close your eyes — you’ll see. I’m once again that frisky pup, just as you remember me.
I know how much you miss me. I know your heart is sore. I see the tears that fall when I’m not waiting at the door. You always did your best for me. Your love was plain to see. For even though it broke your heart, you set my spirit free. So please be brave without me. One day we’ll meet once more. For when you’re called to Heaven, I’ll be waiting at the door.
My prayer is that you will know how greatly you filled my life with joy and love. Know that I am forever grateful, and I will wait patiently for you just on the other side.
Beloved Master, I watch over you every day. If only you could see me walking beside you still. I love you so much, and I always will.
To my human [mama/daddy], when tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart. For every time you think of me, I’m right here inside your heart.
Every time you reach for me, I will be there. Though you can’t feel it, my head will be in your hand, reassuring you that everything is going to be okay.
The hardest thing about being your dog was saying goodbye, but I know — and I pray you do, too — that the day will come when we’ll first say “hello” to each other once more.
Since I’ve no voice with which to speak, it’s whispers in your dreams I’ll make. Ease your heart and rest your mind. My time with you was the best kind. I couldn’t have asked for a better friend. We’ve shared our journey to the very end. There’s one final thing you need to know, I’ll whisper in your ear before I go… “I’m leaving first to find the way, so I can lead you back here with me on your last day.”
It’s hard to be apart, but thank you for loving and caring for me all my life. I pray God blesses you for all you’ve done for me and grants you peace until I hear your voice calling to me once more.
Remember me with smiles, not tears, for all the joy through all the years. Recall the closeness that was ours, a love as sweet as fragrant flowers. Don’t dwell on thoughts that cause you pain. We’ll see each other once again.
I pray you know that I love you more than anything in the world, including myself, and that you feel my love as I watch over you always from Heaven.
Remember the day you decided to be my human? You gave me a home, a family, and all the love I could ever want. It was the best day of my life, but I know that the day you join me in Heaven will be even better.
I always prided myself in being your guard dog. Now I pride myself in being your guardian angel.
We’ll meet again in Heaven. Until then, I miss you more than words can say.
My prayer is that you’ll remember everything I taught you. Be kind, be forgiving, love others selflessly, and find all the joy hidden in life.
We may not be together in the way we used to be. We are still connected by a cord no eye can see. So whenever you need to find me, we’re never far apart, if you look beyond the horizon and listen with your heart.
I came to you late last night to be with you while you slept. I lay my head on your pillow while next to me, you wept. A gentle smile kissed your lips as I licked away a tear. Until your time to join me, I’ll be waiting through the years.
Not all angels have wings. Some of us have four paws and watch over you faithfully and full of eternal love until the very end.
What a view I have from here. I see your face. I feel you near. I follow you throughout the day. You’re not alone along the way. And when God calls, you will be right by my side, right here with me. Until then, I’ll wait by Heaven’s door. We’ll be reunited evermore!
Until we meet again, my prayers are for your happiness and that the time we’re apart will not feel very long.
…Talk to me. I hear you, though you may not see. We share an unbroken bond that will always be. Death won’t keep us apart, for our love is forever. Just remember me in your heart, and one day we will be together. Live your life and live it full; don’t waste a single day. Remember, I am always with you every step of the way.
Ways to Remember and Honor Your Pet
Losing a cherished pet is hard, especially when they were an essential part of your family. Moving past this loss can take time and effort.
In addition to words of peace and love from your dog, here are some ideas for things you can do in loving memory of your pet:
Raise money for charity. The list of animals in need of a home is neverending. One way to honor your dog is to raise money to donate to a local animal shelter in your dog’s name.
Create a memory box. It’s human nature for memories to fade over time. You may want to take the time to sit down and write or type all your favorite memories about your dog. Gather his or her special toys, blanket, food bowl, etc., and find a box that’s just the right size to hold everything. Make sure to include your memories and some special photos of your dog, as well as any prayers or messages from our list that you found especially meaningful.
Hold a memorial service. This gives members of the family a chance to gather and share their feelings to help each other heal. You may want to invite friends who knew and loved your dog, as well.
Add something to your yard to serve as a reminder. If your dog spent many an hour basking in the sun and braving harsh weather in your yard, you may want to plant a tree or add a decoration that will always remind you of your best friend. This could be wind chimes, stepping stones, or yard decor. You could also do this on a balcony if you live in an apartment or similar housing.