Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A Poem about the Souls of Dogs--for those who have lost their dog companions

The Souls of Dogs 

I believe that dogs have souls, as surely
As I believe we humans have souls.

Like us, their souls are enlarged by how we love
Them, and how they love us.

And yet their souls do not depend on us: they exist
Independent and separate from us, creations of the same God

We pray to.

It is not stupid to care for a sick dog,
To bathe, caress, and comfort when suffering and then

To bury and pray for your dog who has passed.
Your dog blesses you, yes, blesses

You, as surely as you blessed your dog.

                                                                                                Bob Coughlin
                                                                                                June 1, 2003

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